We started our journey with an inclusive school in Kashele village, on 3rd Dec 2018 (World Disability Day). At present, we have 30 students (15 each in Kindergarten and Grade 1), majority from tribal backgrounds, including 10 children with disabilities, who study together using multi-sensory learning approach. We follow an ‘inclusive curriculum’ that integrates constructivism, social-emotional learning (SEL), individualized educational plan (IEP), to address specific learning needs of all children.
Our aim is to increase one grade every year, and gradually become a model inclusive school where children with and without disabilities study together in the same classroom.
COMMUNITY LIBRARY / RESOURCE CENTRE
On 3rd June 2019, we set-up ‘Samaaveshi Library’ – an inclusive, community library within our school premises in Kashele village, with an aim to improve literacy, life and STEM skills among primary-level children with and without disabilities residing in Kashele and neighbouring tribal hamlets. The library is open 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday. Besides, we conduct regular ‘Weekend Library Workshops’ on literacy, storytelling, creative arts and life skills, which is attended by 30-40 local children.
By 2030, we plan to set-up a network of five community libraries/resource centres across Karjat block with a robust collection of print, digital and assistive learning resources.
INCLUSIVE 'ANGANWADI' TRANSFORMATION
At present, we’re working with 60 Anganwadis, and gradually plan to cover all 300 Anganwadis in Karjat by 2025.
INCLUSIVE DIGITAL / SOLAR SKILLING
In late 2019, Samaaveshi launched ‘Inclusive Skilling Programme’ with the objective to provide inclusive skilling opportunities to local tribal youth and persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Karjat block. We piloted with a month-long digital literacy training, to empower rural youth with 21st century digital skills. Then, in October 2021, we conducted a 10-day basic solar skilling/training for a cohort of 10 youth, including two PWDs. Thus far, a total of 20 youth including five PWDs have received digital/solar skilling.
Samaaveshi plans to roll out more customized skilling courses to build skills and capacity of rural youth, for better leadership, employment and entrepreneurship.
INCLUSIVE 'SCHOOL IN-A-BOX'
As Samaaveshi completes three years, we’re happy to announce the launch of a new programme that will put us on track to build inclusive classrooms across India. Beginning November 2021, we are working on developing a ‘box’ that comprise of ‘grade-specific’ multi-sensory learning materials for teachers to engage with all children with and without disability.
Our plan is to come up with the first edition called ‘Inclusive Kindergarten in-a-Box’ and test the product and content with a cluster of Anganwadis and pre-schools in Karjat block, before launching it for public in December 2022.
SOLAR, SMART ANGANWADIs
Over 50% Anganwadis (of total 300) in Karjat DO NOT have electricity. Hence, Samaaveshi started a PILOT in 2021 to transform five local Anganwadis into ‘Solar, smart Anganwadis’, by installing a 165W solar power system + 1 Smart TV + 1 Smartphone at each Anganwadi. The idea is to harness solar energy to provide uninterrupted power and access to digital + assistive learning at rural Anganwadis. We believe this will improve child enrolment, classroom engagement and early learning outcomes among preschool children in Karjat.
Going forward, our goal is to solarize all 150 Anganwadis in Karjat that do not have electricity, by the year 2026.