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WHO ARE WE AND WHAT DO WE DO?

VISION

One day, all schools will become ‘inclusive’.

MISSION

To bring systemic transformation in schools where every child irrespective of their social backgrounds and disabilities has equal access and opportunity to quality education.

Samaaveshi Pathshaala

Who are we?

‘Samaaveshi Pathshaala Foundation’ is a registered nonprofit based in Karjat tribal block of Maharashtra, founded by two graduates of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Our mandate is to build an inclusive society: a society for all where no one is left behind and everyone gets equal opportunity to excel in life. And the journey to build an inclusive society starts from an inclusive classroom.

Our flagship programme is ‘Samaaveshi Pathshaala’ – an inclusive kindergarten in Kashele village, launched on 3rd December 2018 (World Disability Day). Our goal is to become a model inclusive school where all children irrespective of their social backgrounds and disabilities have equal access and opportunity to quality education.

At present, we have 30 children aged 4-6 years, including 10 children with disabilities who study together, using multi-sensory approach. We follow an ‘inclusive curriculum’ that’s designed in a way that each child gets equal opportunity to learn and participate in activities both in and outside the classroom. Besides, by integrating concepts of constructivism, arts-based therapy (ABT) and social-emotional learning (SEL), we strive to enhance creativity, expression and learning outcomes for all children.

Beginning June 2019, we launched a series of new programmes to build an ecosystem on ‘inclusive education’ in Karjat block:
a) Samaaveshi (Community) Library
b) Digital Literacy Programme
c) Inclusive ‘Anganwadi’ Transformation
d) Inclusive School in-a-Box
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Meet the Core Team

NIVEDITA TIWARI

Co-founder

Nivedita has over five years of work experience in disability rehabilitation and inclusive education in various grassroots and international organizations, based in India and Nepal. She holds an MA in 'Disability Studies and Action' from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and a certificate in ‘Arts-based Therapy’ from the World Centre for Creative Learning Foundation (WCCLF), Pune. In her last job, she worked as a consultant with the inclusive education department of ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA)’, based in New Delhi.

Email: Nivedita.Samaaveshi@gmail.com

ASHOK SHAH

Co-founder

Ashok has eight years of experience in print/online media and development communication. A Nepalese national, he did BA in Journalism from Bangalore University; during the course of which he co-founded a students' collective called 'MISSION 5'. Following, he pursued MSW with a specialization in 'Health and Development' from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. From 2012 to 2018, he worked as a 'Field Communications Officer' with CBM International, based out of Kathmandu and New Delhi.

Email: Ashok.Samaaveshi@gmail.com

PRATIKSHA KAMBLE

Special educator

Pratiksha is a special educator who leads our inclusive kindergarten programme. She has a B.Ed in Hearing Impairment from 'Ali Yavar Jung National Institute of Speech and Hearing Disabilities', Mumbai.
Earlier, she worked with Sanvad Karnabadhir Prabodhini, a school for children with hearing impairment in Dombivali, near Mumbai.

SHITAL PHALE

Shadow teacher

Shital is an shadow teacher tasked with providing individual support to children with special needs at our school. Earlier, she worked as a nurse at the Rural Hospital in Kashele and is passionate to work with children. Besides, she manages 'Samaaveshi library' and conducts library-centred workshops on storytelling and creative arts for rural children.