Fellowship: Gautam Gauri

Project Brief: This project is created for the Asha fellowship application for Gautam Gauri, founder of Diksha Foundation that Asha Purdue has been supporting since 2012.
Project Type: Fellowships (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: dropouts

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Purdue
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Rachana Agrawal
Project Partner(s): Gautam Gauri
Other Contacts: Sameer Kulkarni
Project Address: , C1, Shanti Vihar Colony, ,Ambedkar Path,Patna,
BIHAR  800014
Tel: 91 612 2595151
Stewarding Chapter: Purdue
Jun 2020PurdueUSD 3650
Nov 2019PurdueUSD 3488
Jul 2018PurdueUSD 4434
Apr 2018PurdueUSD 1170

Total = $12742

Gautam would be an appropriate candidate for the Asha fellowship for following reasons:
1) his experience of working in the primary education sector in India (7 years)
2) his innovative approach to impart good quality education and value system in children of underprivileged background (tablet education, Bal Sansad)
3) supporting educational background – he recently finished his Masters in Primary Education from University of Cambridge and has lot of ideas that can improve the quality of primary education and mental development of children from underprivileged background
Given the opportunity and support through Asha fellowship, he would be able to implement and experiment with his innovative ideas at the grassroot level.
It will be beneficial to Asha as well because he can dedicate his time in sharing insights, mentoring, spreading and helping-implement his ideas to various Asha projects. Gautam is also interested in doing site visits, reviewing project progress, and consulting with Asha projects in the regions of Bihar, UP, Delhi and other neighboring areas.
Diksha's work has been towards providing quality education, creating vibrant,
violence-free learning spaces for children coming from the vulnerable backgrounds to help them
realize their potential. The bedrock of our initiatives is inclusion and it reflects in the choice of
locations and children we engage with.
The KHEL Model (Knowledge Hub for Education and Learning) envisages establishing open learning spaces for socially and economically disadvantaged children and youth. KHEL does not limit itself to helping the child acquire basic literacy but focuses on holistic learning so that the child grows intellectually and not just mechanically as often happens in the context of schools/institutions serving the underprivileged.