The Education Crisis

The future of India sails or sinks with the future of the children and the youth who are more than 50% of the total population. Our children are not learning well. We do not have enough trained teachers. The situation is grave in remote, and isolated parts of the country. It needs serious consideration and timely action.

% of class V Children who can read standard II level Textbooks
India
50.3
Bihar
41.3
Jamui*
30.8

*An extremism affected operational area of i-Saksham

% of class V Children who can do subtraction
India
52.3
Bihar
47
Jamui*
38

*An extremism affected operational area of i-Saksham

Source : ASER 2018 Survey data

The Opportunities

The educational challenge in the backward areas is complex. A uni-dimensional solution is unlikely to resolve the crisis.

Our experience suggests that community engagement and youth leadership can provide a potential solution to this systemic problem of education. Hence our model leverages local communities’ most active agents i.e. youths and works simultaneously to make them and children ‘Saksham (capable)’ through education.

With innovations in pedagogy to suit differential learning needs of children, use of various teaching learning materials, and contextual application of digital technology we strive to bring substantial change in learning outcomes.

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Our Programs

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i-Saksham Fellowship

A 2 year fellowship program to build community edu-leaders.

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School Transformation

Partner with under-resourced government schools to provide quality education.

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Youth Mentoring & Coaching

Mentor fellow alumni to help them become active social change agents & achieve their professional aspirations.

Our success stories have emerged from the remotest locations and economically backward regions of our country.

In the year 2018-19, 75% of the kids under the fellows’ tutelage have improved their subject knowledge, basic dictation and comprehension skills by 30%, while many more improve steadily.
5 out of the 17 1st batch fellows are currently pursuing higher education from prestigious universities across the country.

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Join Us

Join us in shaping a new learning movement geared towards equity and potentialities.

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Live Experiences

  • i-saksham education youth NGO rural bihar

    My kids are now eager to go to school every morning.

    Radha Devi

    (Parent of fellow’s student, house wife)

  • i-saksham education youth NGO rural bihar

    I have got to know the right way of teaching. I was using only rote learning methods earlier. After joining i-Saksham, I have become more confident and have found my true calling and am working on it.

    Taniya

    (Fellowship Alumnus, 2017-2019)

  • i-saksham education youth NGO rural bihar

    i-Saksham has changed my perception towards life and career. I am now more aware of the options available to me for pursuing a good career. Earlier I used to think that getting a government job is the only thing for a successful life.

    Sonam

    (Fellowship Alumnus, 2017-2019)

  • i-saksham education youth NGO rural bihar

    Between studying by yourself and being taught by somebody, there’s a world of difference. The learning from the training, I received at i-Saksham is evident in the teaching methods I adopt at the centre; for example, by jumbling up cut-outs of the alphabets and asking children to arrange them in order, to form meaningful words.

    Rajaram

    (Fellowship Alumnus, 2017-2019)

  • i-saksham education youth NGO rural bihar

    i-Saksham taught me that there can be so many ways to teach children without being harsh on them.

    Saharbaano

    (2nd Batch fellow, 2018-2020)

  • i-saksham education youth NGO rural bihar

    After joining i-Saksham, I feel there is someone who understands me and my dreams. I am seeing my confidence growing and knowledge increasing.

    Rajshree

    (III Batch Fellow, 2019-2021)

  • i-saksham education youth NGO rural bihar

    I really enjoy reading now as I am being taught with fun and activities. Earlier I was just copying things from black blackboard, but now I understand and learn.

    Roshni Parveen

    (Student, Class 5, 11 years, Middle School Saradhi, Bihar)

  • i-saksham education youth NGO rural bihar

    I've learnt vegetable names in English. Sonam didi teaches with games and activities which I like the most.

    Banarasi Kumar

    (Student, Class 5 (11 years), Primary School Daniyalpur, Bihar)

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