‘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 school 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 background or disability have equal access and opportunity to quality education.
At present, we have 30 children (15 each in KG and Grade 1), including 10 children with disability, who study together using multi-sensory approach. We follow an ‘inclusive curriculum’ that’s designed to give each child an equal opportunity to learn and participate in activities both in and outside the classroom. Besides, by integrating theories of constructivism, universal design for learning (UDL), and social-emotional learning (SEL), we strive to enhance creativity, expression and learning outcomes for all children with diverse learning needs.
Beginning June 2019, we launched a series of new programmes to build an ‘ecosystem of inclusive education’ in Karjat block:
a) Samaaveshi (Community) Library
b) Inclusive ‘Anganwadi’ Transformation
c) Inclusive School in-a-Box
d) Samaaveshi Solar Innovations.