Prayas -- Pratirodh Sansthan

Project Brief: Pratirodh Sansthan runs Aadharshila Residential School for tribal girls who have no direct access to education otherwise, while also acting as a bridge to enroll girls into government/formal schools
Project Type: Residential School (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Amit Sharma
Project Partner(s): Khemraj Choudhary
Other Contacts: Nehal Bandi
Project Address: , B -8, Bapu Nagar, Senthi,,,
RAJASTHAN  312025
Tel: 91-1472-243788
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Apr 2017Silicon ValleyUSD 25977
Mar 2016Silicon ValleyUSD 22718
Aug 2015Silicon ValleyUSD 9297
Mar 2015Silicon ValleyUSD 9488
Aug 2014Silicon ValleyUSD 8314
Mar 2014Silicon ValleyUSD 8337
Sep 2013Silicon ValleyUSD 6204
Apr 2013Silicon ValleyUSD 14323
Mar 2012Silicon ValleyUSD 7853
Aug 2011Silicon ValleyUSD 9973
Feb 2011Silicon ValleyUSD 9973
Jul 2010Silicon ValleyUSD 8676
Jan 2010Silicon ValleyUSD 8813
Apr 2009Silicon ValleyUSD 1500
Apr 2009Silicon ValleyUSD 6425
Oct 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 6125

Total = $163996

The project aims to provide basic literacy, pre-primary up to middle school education, for girls through alternative education techniques.

Aadharshila is a unique experiment rooted in belief that women are the change makers in the society and education of girl child will create a generational effect that will better our society at large. It is equally bold intervention for educating girls is a taboo in this cast polarized & orthodox society. Besides, child marriage is a common practice in the region. Pratirodh Sansthan is protesting against the status quo.

Aadharshila is no ordinary school; it acts s a bridge school that attempts to get girl children access to Government Schools. In span of four years, Aadharshila School has reached over 50 girls between the ages of 8-13, almost all of them married young and never been to any school before.

They have found that the curriculum taught in schools is often irrelevant to the lives of disadvantaged children. When parents don't see results, it is more likely that children will discontinue their education. The project would like to give villagers the agency to decide what and how their children learn; and to make the curriculum more meaningful at the local level. The proposed teaching style that encourages critical thinking as opposed to strict memorization and acceptance of information. Curriculum will include extensive information about women's health, women's rights, legal rights of the poor, community governance, etc.

So, considering all the above said, the organisation will train the children in such a way that they will start raising vioce against the injustice and fight for their rights to education. Teach them how to raise voice against the teacher when he/she is not regular in the School. In addition, proper guidance and counselling about what to study and training them in advance about the job and its opportunities will further help them to understand the value of education and also among the parents. The organization also acts as a bridge to enroll students into government schools leveraging SSA funded education institutions, like Kasturba Gandhi Avasiya Balika Vidyalaya, not only as a means to strengthen government institutions but also encourage community partnership in demanding better functioning of such institutions.

In addition to the migration mentioned above, many children do not attend school because their income or labor is needed in the home. Even in the cases where students attend school, parents are often unimpressed with the amount of relevant information that students absorb, and pull them out to be more productive by working and bringing income to the household.
To enable the poor to improve their social, economic, physical and cultural growth
To create alternative knowledge and mechanisms for community development.
To lobby for the social, economic, political and cultural rights of all.
To respond to contemporary poverty related community issues.
To have primary focus on education and health among women and children.
Lok Shikshan Sansthan was begun in 1999 with the aim of empowering the disadvantaged demographics of the Chittogarh region of Rajasthan. This area is wrought with the problems associated with poverty. Literacy rates remain abysmally low, bonded labor is common, women are subject to discrimination in all areas of life, and the prejudice against tribes and lower castes is so strong that there is little opportunity for upward social mobility. Lok Shikshan was begun to respond to these problems in a variety of ways, from forming self-help groups for women and youth, to educating girls about their rights as women to helping to release bonded laborers. More importantly, though, Lok Shikshan acts as a resource when rights are violated; i.e. in land disputes, securing government benefits, organizing workers to demand minimum wage, etc. In these cases LSS provides legal assistance, helps with media and policy advocacy, networks with related associations, and organizes protests and dharnas. LSS primarily relies on the staff's familiarity with villagers and an in-depth knowledge of the area to accomplish its goals. More than just correcting the injustice that occurs in the area, LSS aims to empower people to respond to problems on their own.

LSS is now called Pratirodh Sansthan. Apart from education, they also work on:
1. Tribal land disputes
2. Economic empowerment through women's self-help groups and other micro-finance.
3. Establishment of various training programmes for community development.
4. General dissemination of knowledge of legal and government structures, rights education.
5. Employment issues, i.e. bonded labor, minimum wage
6. Securing of government poverty relief and health benefits
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