Sitaben Nanjibhai was unaware of what she is going to achieve when she came to this school.
The goal of Samerth is to achieve the universalisation of elementary education through mass mobilization and the people’s participation. The organisation places special emphasis on the education of excluded and disadvantaged sections of the society and views education as a tool for empowerment. Since 2007, Samerth has been working in Bilaspur District of Chhattisgarh, to improve elementary education. The experiences of the program have been very positive and encouraging; therefore, organization would also like to extend its work in Lundra block of Sarguja district for addressing the gaps that prevails in implementation of RTE act.
The programmme enables favorable conditions in Baiga community to access education by creating space at the early childhood centres that promotes creative learning and create an interest amongst children towards education and run support classes for weak or dropout children and prepare them to get back to schools. Moreover the programme also creates accountability of schools by facilitating Right to Education through School Management Committees (SMCs), supporting in the making of School Development plan (SDP).
So far Samerth through its various direct programme activities have reached out to 21,644 children from 3 to 14 years old in Lormi, Kota, Marwahi, Gaurella, Bodla and Pandariya blocks of Mungeli, Bilaspur and Kwardha districts of Chhattisgarh. Apart from this 4800 children have benefitted due to strengthening of RtE redressal mechanism in 43 schools of Kota and Lormi blocks.
Samerth would like to extend its expertise in the area of education in other districts of Chhattisgarh and also as part of ‘RtE Watch-’ A civil society engagement to strengthen RTE Implementation in Chhattisgarh would like to play a facilitating role for the entire State. UNICEF and RtE forum will support Samerth in this process.
Samerth also provides nutrition to the 709 children who come to the Balmitra Kendras and support classes and this has enable us to increase the attendance of the children and their health status has improved considerably.
The areas are far flung, inaccessible in rains and malaria endemic. The support to the children is crucial and we would urge all of you to join hands to reaching out to this unreached – Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG) (earlier: Primitive tribal group). This is a government of India classification created with the purpose of enabling improvement in the conditions of certain communities with particularly low development indices. There are 75 groups in India that have been identified as PVTGs. Baiga tribes are one of them with whom Samerth works in the area of education.