ADHARSHILA - MASTERG Apparel DESIGN & Fabrication PROGRAM
MasterG is an innovative fashion design skill development training and certification program implemented at Adharshila by fashion designer Gayatri Jolly. This program helps train women from marginalised and migrant communities in India. By training with MasterG they learn skills that can help them get remunerative work in the garment industry. It helps them become self - reliant, earn fair wages and fight for their rights as garment workers in industry that is informal and does not guarantee the above.
MGML - ABL - little scholars program at adharshila
The Multi Grade Multi Level Methodology of Activity Based Learning is a parallel method to the conventional classroom system. This method is built upon activities that take concepts from text books but do away with the idea of writing and reading. Each child participates in the 'Each one, teach one' Mela conducted by the senior students (who have done the activities once before). The senior students act as mentors to the junior students. Each activity teaches the child concepts from Maths, Environmental Science, Hindi and English. Its a method that camouflages mundane study methods with fun filled learning activities.
The ABL methodology is a brainchild of Rishi Valley School - RIVER TIDE organisation in Madnapalle, Karnataka. Curriculum developers from Adharshila attended the MGML World conference 2016 before piloting it in the North. Adharshila although has customized the whole methodology to suit a system that appreciates the conventional remedial classes but keeps the essence of joyful learning intact.
This method has been built to do away with the problems faced by students and teachers when learning and teaching multiple levels in one classroom. A multigraded class is one where a teacher is responsible for two or more class grades at any one time and stands in contrast to a monograded class where a teacher is responsible for one class grade (year, standard) at any one time. For a variety of, usually, demographic reasons, multigraded classes are more often found among remote, rural and marginalized communities. This method encourages zero comparison and ranking in classrooms; each student learns at his/her own pace. The steps followed by the method include introduction to the concepts, practice, evaluation and enrichment/remedial activity. About 500 activities have been built for the first phase of the MGML Education Melas. These activities take concepts from text books and turn them into a process that is fun and far away from a conventional pattern of textbooks. The students become mentors and teach the other younger students. There is minimal teacher involvement, as it focuses on 'peer learning'.
The Little Scholars (MGML) program has been implemented since March 2016.
ADHARSHILA - HOMEOPATHIC FAMILY CLINIC
An initiative to set up a “Homeopathic Family Clinic” was undertaken to further the scope of extending alternative care to the unreached with the support of Ms. Renu & Bipin Maira. The clinics are situated in three slum locations and medical help is made available to them at their doorstep. The beneficiaries are counseled about hygiene & sanitation, clean environment, and nutritious diet. These centers are set up with the idea that women should be provided with an approachable safe-zone where they can be comfortable discussing their problems.
ADHARSHILA - Women's HEALTH CENTRE
In partnership with ‘Hans Foundation’, “Adharshila – Hans Karuna Swasthya Pariyojana” was set up in Dec 2011. With the passage of time, it has made a considerable impact in spreading awareness, diagnosis and treatment of underprivileged adolescent girls & women living in the slums of Delhi. “Adharshila – Hans Karuna Swasthya Pariyojana” operates its stationary clinic five days a week and mobile clinic four times a week for adolescent girls & women, reaching out to 500-700 women every month. Medicines are distributed free of cost to the beneficiaries. Lab tests, Ultrasound and X-Rays as advised by the doctor are also conducted free of cost. Besides regular checkups, the beneficiaries are offered counseling sessions about hygiene & sanitation, clean environment, nutritious diet, eye care, liver care, legal awareness, and cancer awareness, Pap smear tests, inoculations, and immunizations are also executed regularly. This project stresses on health awareness with special focus on cancer awareness and anemia and an effort is made to establish linkages with hospitals for referral cases We have seen our motto of “Swasthya Mahila Swasthya Samaj” making an impact as the women have realized the importance of their health as an important component in the well being of the family.
DESKTOP PUBLISHING PROGRAM CERTIFIED BY JSS, MHRD
Adharshila, supported by Renu & Bipin Maira, conducts a six- month Desktop Publication Program for underprivileged boys & girls from deprived sections of the society who rarely have an opportunity to pay for advanced courses which would enable them to become financially independent. They can now join this course on completion of basic computer course. This is a skill which enhances their chances of employability. The course curriculum covers Installation of Software, Adobe Illustrator-3, Corel Draw-X3, Photoshop-CS3, Page Maker-7.0, Publisher 2003/2007, and PhotoDraw 0.7, Adobe In design CS3, HTML & Movie, Typing Hindi, Typing English and Internet.
The project of “Remedial Classes” is very important as it is instrumental in determining whether or not they drop out of school or not. Being at an impressionable age, this extra help they receive through Adharshila’s remedial classes goes a long way in preventing them from dropping out of school. The school-going students are given extra help in their studies. At home their parents are not educated and hence, cannot provide them any guidance or support. Due to these challenges, among many others, it becomes extremely important for them to have extra coaching. Along with coaching, regular monthly tests are conducted by the teachers to evaluate the progress of every individual child, children are also taught about hygiene consciousness in their day-to-day life. In addition to general awareness, Legal Awareness, Nutrition Awareness, Personality Development workshops, Eye check ups, dental check ups are also conducted to provide medication, spectacles and preventive care, respectively. Regular nutritional supplements are also provided to the children.
This is for the women & children from the unreached communities who have never been to any educational institution. Irrespective of their age they are encouraged to be functionally literate and enroll for open school. Step by step, they are able to take class 5 and class 8 examinations. Some of them enroll for class 10 also through this programme.
education and empowerment progRAM
EEP Vocational Training Program includes six month program certified by JSS, HRD in Harkesh Nagar, while its counterpart ONGC Vocational Training Program, also certified by JSS and HRD is maintained at Sangam Vihar.
- Garment construction I and Garment Construction II (Fashion Design)
- Beauty & Healthcare
- Basic Computer Course
The star addition in this programme is the distribution of Entrepreneurship kits to all successful graduates of this program to enable them to launch a start up on their own.
TEACH INDIA-SPOKEN ENGLISH PROGRAM
Conducted at Adharshila as a pilot project but continued thereafter as part of the regular cycle. The Times Group launched Teach India as a CSR initiative to teach spoken English to the youth belonging to underprivileged sections of the urban society. British Council has been brought on board as knowledge partner for designing the curriculum, and for training the volunteers who will thereafter train the learners. The course curriculum has been designed keeping in mind the present language levels of the target segment and the spoken English requirements of potential employers. The Times Group also pro-actively attempts to build a bridge between the learners and the potential employers and connect the two to facilitate the ultimate goal of employability. On completion of the course, the learners get a certificate, which is jointly certified by The Times Group and British Council.