The Beginning

SAMERTH has been working in the Achanakmar region and periphery of Kanha National park of Bilaspur and Kwardha districts of Chhattisgarh since early 2007. The area is hilly – interspersed with dense forests. Along with castes from different social strata, this area is inhabited by several indigenous tribes – particularly Baiga tribes. There are various other tribes that live in this region, but Baigas are known to be the most deprived. Due to the location of their habitats as well as their own beliefs and traditions they have largely been excluded from infrastructural as well as other government services. Samerth has been working with the communities on accessibility of safe drinking water, sanitation, education and natural resource management.

SAMERTH has reached out to 50,000 people to create awareness on Rght to Education Act – 2009 (RtE Act). Around 4000 children of 3 to 6 years have been able to access creative education through its Balmitra Kendras (Early Childhood Education Centres). Samerth has also reached out to 3500 ‘out of school’ chidlren who have either been dropped out or not able to attend school regularly. The support class that Samerth runs help in preparing children with age appropriate learning and renrolling them into schools.

The expert education team of Samerth has trained the goverenment school teachers in Kota, Gaurella, Lormi, Marwahi and Bodla blocks of Bilaspur, Mungeli and Kwardha district to demystify Maths, Science and Language subject to make it student friendly.

SAMERTH has created ‘Resource Centers’ at cluster level in all the five blocks. This is for the teachers to take up research activites for the making creative ways of teaching and a space that brings children, communities and teachers together at a common platform to innovate, share and experiment. We have provided books and material for them to use their ideas and methods.

Programme Impact:

  • 105 BMKs were merged in anganwadis (ICDS programme of the governement) and 2000 children were enrolled in government schools.
  • Defining role of communities and their involvement in providing space /or constructed local thatched rooms for the centres.
  • Target learning levels were reached by 70 % for children of 3 to 6 years old.
  • Centres were developed as per the children’s requirement and language spoke was taken into consideration.
  • Print reach environment was created for happy looking centres
  • 80% of these children progress who were admitted into government schools were tracked.
  • We could develop capacity of the Samerth team in creative ways of teaching at the BMKs and support class.
  • Samerth was recognized by the various government departments as an ‘educational expert’ institutions.
  • Could reach out to the 50,000 communities on education awareness specifically on RtE
  • Trained 20 school teachers of the government schools and subsequenlty using sports kits with children.
  • Nutrition was provided with the support from CSR – Gruh Finance to all the children. In winter they also provided woolen clothes.
  • At Mediakachar and Darsagar we constructed Rain Roof Water Harvesting Structures to meet out the needs of water. Another 5 schools have approached Samerth and will be done in coming months.
  • All children were provided with opportunity for exposure to various recreational and educational places.
  • 7500 children and 170 teachers participated in Balmelas