Sahpathi is an early childhood and primary education program, that envisions to Bridge the Learning Deficit in India.
Launched on 26 January 2015 in the Silokhra Village of Gurugram, Sahpathi now has centres in Silokhra, Patna, and Delhi, with over 200 children getting benefited from it. The idea behind Sahpathi is to provide a support system for an under-resourced community, through which the children in the community can access good quality education in their formative years.
The Goal of Sahpathi is to ensure that all children are on the path of responsible and independent learning by the time they reach the age of Twelve.
The funding partner for Sahpathi is Gurgaon-based NGO Agrasar which has been co-founded by Chetan Kapoor , the founder of Sahpathi.
Sahpathi completed three years on 26 January 2018.
Over 190 children of Silokhra village in Gurgaon are currently benefiting from it.
These children are enrolled in a learning centre called Sahpathi Shala, which was started in collaboration with a group of residents from the Silokhra village. Five facilitators from the community are taking the children through an age-appropriate curriculum, being developed with support from Edulever.
The facilitators are being trained and mentored on an ongoing basis so that they continuously improve their facilitation ability and classroom management skills.
Learning assessments of the children are being conducted twice a year to track their progress. The results of these assessments are shared with the parents in one-on-one meetings with them. In addition, group meetings with parents are regularly held.
Extra curricular activities such as Sports, Art, and Theatre are a part of the program.
Community events are being organized and planned to spread awareness levels. The children are also taken on exposure visits.
An important activity at Sahpathi is the Annual Summer Camp, a two-week learning program for which the Sahpathi children go to a nearby ‘large’ school. The three summer camps held so far have been in collaboration with Shikshantar School (2016, 2018) and Heritage Xperiential Learning School (2017).
Volunteers are regularly engaging to improve the quality of efforts through a structured volunteering program.
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Akanksha Joshi FB post :
26th January, 2016
If only for this day. If only for this moment.
If only in this small space on this land.
People gather. Sing. Dance.
Their rhythms, their flow, their grace.
If only for this day. If only for this moment.
Struggle, dissolves. Joy, reveals.
A sense of togetherness. A community huddle.
Celebrating, their best.
Even if it’s only for this day.
Even if it’s only for this moment.
It marinates the thirst.
It whets the desire.
For more, more, more.
It is enough.
It is complete.
It is fulfilled.
This, small celebration of India’s Republic day.
Note : Silokhara once used to be a village and now is a little township in its own right. Based in Gurgaon, bordering Delhi it has some 20,000 residents. Migrants, mostly Bengalis. The village is of Jat n Gujjar farmers who have now become powerful landlords, earning about 1-3crores a month.
Founded by the eternally hopeful Chetan Kapoor, Sahpathi Shala, an initiative engaging the community elders to educate, engage, co-learn with the little ones is celebrating its first birthday today. Gifting the people their greatest strength – community.
From Sunny Narang ’s Facebook Post :
26th January, 2016
#Agrasar #Sahpathi #RepublicDay2016
“In a city which is all private, the housing complexes, the malls, the Cyberurbia , the software/start-up/BPO humongous steel and glass ‘gagan-chumbi sky-kissing buildings, there exists a hybrid private system for those who service this Great Global Organised System.
That private system is on farmers lands. It has few buildings few storeys high. Mostly it has very small shanty like housing. All immigrants, from who knows where.
Large ‘informal’ population clustered together in hundreds of thousands in completely new cities like Gurgaon , in such spaces with no structured urban services like water or sanitation. All is private .
Sahpathi is a small experiment there, in support education started by Chetan Kapoor.
Of kids about 5-12 years old who cannot get admission in any school, and even if they do, the teachers and education is not worth it, and also many immigrants speak Bengali, and would like Bengali speaking instructors for their kids.
In Sahpathi, they follow a tri-lingual formulae. English, Hindi and Bengali, besides singing, dancing, art, basic maths and science .
They have now about 100 plus kids and 6 instructors which they train from the community.
Chetan Kapoor came to meet me few years ago with Manish Sinha just for a chat and coffee in a cafe, soon became a friend and I invested in his small development consultancy Edulever so he could find better people.
To do what ?
Just as the corporations have their huge ecology of consultants and trainers, going upto the Boston Consulting Group types who consult Governments too , there needs to be a support system for so many small institutions in education and training across our country.
The small institutions can be small trusts , societies, enterprises but they have little idea on what kind of curriculum will work for what kind of children from backgrounds of urban slums, villages, industrial areas, small towns. The soft-skills needed for jobs, the training of the teachers and how to run organisations sustainably and with quality delivery.
We all know how meaningless is the Indian educational system at almost all levels. Especially at government school levels. With almost no planning about children who drop out of school early. How to plan a curriculum that will be of use to children at each stage , in their villages or towns, or at their social and class level.
There is really no connect to the vocations children do or could do. And looking at how girls drop-out faster what knowledge and skills should be given to them in early stage.
We need a complete new understanding based on present realities, on how to train our ‘demographic dividend’ of almost 400 million children.
More boys than girls are dropping out of the schools in India. As against 39% boys who dropped out before completing elementary education in 2013-14, only 33% girls did so, says the latest statistics of the Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD).
In 2012-13, nearly 41% female students had dropped out of the schools without completing elementary education, as against 40.3% male students. The gender gap in dropout within a year appears to be more profound in the upper primary classes (5-8).
Poverty, poor academic performance, substandard teaching, migration and need for employment to support the family are major factors behind the higher dropout rate of the boys, say experts.
Overall, nearly 20% children in India didn’t complete primary education in 2013-14. Nearly 36% children didn’t complete elementary education.
This is despite the fact the Right to Education (RTE) Act is in place since 2010, which mandates free and compulsory education to every child in the country up to class 8.
However, it appears that the Act has led to higher enrolment but unable to ensure quality education and retention.”
6th August 2015
“Chetan Kapoor has worked in education for years. A Punjabi from Patna, he spent his time looking after his Dad’s sanitary supplies business in Patna, working in a technology start-up, then working for small and big NGO’s in support education.
He realised that most Government schools do not work. Even when you place an assistant to hold remedial classes, the Principal will likely turn that person into a secretary !
He then starts his consultancy for training kids for soft skills Edulever, working over years with foundations interested in skilling young people.
He lives and works out of Gurgaon. Around him he sees what is a classic case of urban villages , like in Delhi , where almost all immigrant families stay . These are the families providing the Ayahs, Drivers, Peons, Safai-wallahs, Garbage-collectors, the low-end services that run a city.
But many of these immigrants may have no papers , they may be from Bangladesh, but they have kids. Even if they have papers they cannot worry about their education.
We all now believe that the default path is Big Urbanisation and Floating Populations . Natural corollary is Slums , large numbers of children growing up on the margins , who may or may not become the new underground .
Chetan has thought of an intervention – Sahpathi.
Learning in a space where no papers are asked for , where each child is paid attention to . Read on .
It costs about Rs. 9,000/- a year to create this space for one kid. His target is ‘One Village’ in Gurgaon, where he has found 100 kids who need such support.”