Visit to Sahajeevan Samithi - 10th to 13th August 2015

Visit to Sahajeevan Samithi - 10th to 13th August 2015

Dr. Giridhar and Asgari Project Coordinator briefed about the process of the project: both of them shared the vision of the project and both were in sync with each other while sharing the goals

Long term Goals, including the expected macro efforts of the proposed project

  • —  To enhance the literacy rate of proposed area.
  • —  To develop innovative training material/manual for literacy
  • —  Through increasing literacy, increase awareness about social issues, environmental issues and about their rights.

Short term Goals, including the expected micro effects of the proposed project

  • —  To make tribal women forming WSHGs (Women Self Help Groups) literate
  • —  Capacity building of the tribal women of the project area

Target Group

  • —  WSHGs of Bartar Cluster of Burhar Block of Shahdol  Dt.



Time Plan

% Completion



Appointment of  Project Coordinator  and  field staff

Feb 15


PC – 1

Field Staff - 03


Identification of operational villages &  WSHGs

Feb- Mar 15


Villages -32

WSHGs -98


Identification of women Volunteers

Mar- July 15


1 Phase – 32, 2 Phase -31

3 Phase- 28, Total -91


Training of Volunteers



63 Volunteers trained


Development of Training Material

May-July 15


Expected to be completed by 31st  Aug


Field testing of the Training material

June- Sept 15



Training of WSH members by Volunteers



Ongoing Activity


The three field coordinators are Jagdesh studied upto 12+ is currently taking care of 12 centers , ShamSunder studied upto 12+ is currently taking care of 17 centers and Gokaran Singh studied upto 12+ is taking care of 14 centers.

10 days training is completed in 3-4 phases in a span of 1-2 months

  • —  Orientation training of 1 days
  • —  Training  of 4 days at a central place viz. Bartar
  • —  3 days’ Field Training in Villages while imparting literacy
  • —  2 days’ final training  at a central place
  • —  Follow up training in villages  continued at all places where literacy training is being given by the volunteers

AS the organisation was in the process of developing the learning materials they discovered there was good Primer developed by an organisation called Niranthara based in Delhi which had developed adult literacy materials based on simple reading, writing, good health practices and maintenance of SHG books. After little bit of negotiation SS has placed order for 100 copies now to start with one copy per center (1 copy for 10 students), Niranthara has promised to deliver the copies by 20th of August15.

The team along with other staffs of SS has completed the survey of all the SHGs details like name of the SHGS, name of the members, caste, savings, and the women's qualification.

They have also collected the demographic details of the villages (24 villages), details of the schools and aganvadis.

Purchase of pictorial items for Women Literacy Centers (WLCs) – Under this project, self explanatory pictorial charts (Hindi alphabets, counting charts, vegetable charts, fruit charts etc.), rolling black boards and other consumable items have been purchased and given to the centers and slates and chalks given to all the women who attend the classes.

Visited Rupaula gram panchayat which has a village and 8 hamlets (called as Tolas) with about 1000+ population mostly ST and then SC. 12 centers are in this centers.

Ber tola Shivu SHG it has 10 women members 8 were present (most of them came directly from the field - now the paddy cultivation is going on and all the women were busy in paddy planting), the class is been conducted in the shop front which has enclosure with a dim light, the shop belongs to one of the member, who is also the president of the group and she is the volunteer who facilitate the classes in this center - Leela bai, she has passed 8 class and has motivation to facilitate with the help of the teaching and learning materials given by SS.  some women were able to articulate why they want to become literate and were able to identify few alphabets and numbers and words.

Rupaula village - two groups are combined in this village Ganga and Kranthi 20 members Kamala Kanwar and Seema Panika are the two volunteers facilitate the classes here, 13 women came one after another, some of the older women were very de-motivating to others in their expression why they want to become literate, some of them were able to read alphabets and identify numbers, able to verbally calculate bigger numbers like if one cost 5 how much will 6 pens cost (not easily but with bit difficultly).

another center - Noe Sai 10 - 9 were present one was absent as her kid was unwell, most of the women had come here with slates and the class was in progress when we visited. Many of them were able to write the alphabets in their slates and also numbers, verbal calculation of little bigger numbers like if your saving is 40/month how is it now after six months couple of them were able to tell after calculating from two months and two months and finally for six months.  Meena is facilitating the class here. Sharvanthi mother of three one daughter (married) and two sons one 8th school dropout for no reason, threatens he will committee suicide if forced to go to school he goes with his friends to herd cattle another son goes to school. She is determined to become literate so that she know what is good and bad and can help her younger son in studies so that he will not dropout from school.

Meeting with the volunteers who facilitate the adult literacy classes in 42 centers of 24 villages: out of the 60 volunteers only 18 could come as there was heavy drop pour rain, most of them are 8 class pass/fail, couple of them were 5th pass and could go to higher class because of the school was in other village, which means they have walk through the jungle (same was the case with 8+ women also) only one was +12.

Dr. Giridhar had one hour of motivation session on why education, what is their role as volunteers, what does one mean by volunteers, how to conduct classes and to motivate those who are not coming to classes regularly and the roles and responsibilities of the neo literates - ensuring aganvadis and schools are run properly, mid day meals are given properly, whether hygiene is maintained while cooking etc.

I interacted with each one of them to find out about their educational qualification, timings of their class, how many attend the class on an average 60 to 70% attendance is reported by each one of them. In the beginning there was 100% attendance is all the centers, when few of them learnt alphabets and numbers and started to sign their signature some of the old ladies started to dropout from the classes.

The organisation has developed a questionnaire to test the learning levels of the neo Literates which is in Hindi the jest of if it as follows:










A+  (above than 75 %)

A (65  -  75 %)

B+  ( 55 – 64 %)

B (45  -  54 %)


 C (35  -  44 %)

D(30 – 34 %)

















F  BELOW 30 %








Visit to villages second day:

visited three groups (all the three groups came to one center), Krishna SHG 14 members only about 3-4 come regularly, Kiran Devi 10th passed girl is the teacher.

  • Kranthi SHG Gomathi Bai 6th passed is the teacher, out of 10, 8 women attend regularly.
  • Ganga SHG 11 members 10 come regularly, Seethabai 5th passed person is the teacher.


There is no separate books of accounts for ILP, it is mixed with the other donars accounts, even the salary for Azgari mixed with other donars in March (actual ILP is 8000, she has received 10500), most of the payments are cheque. very less money has been spent during last financial year (54,840 including one mobile phone for 6200) as well as this quarter it is 181768/- till July15.  The organisation has been charging 6000/month as Institutional charges but there is no any supporting vouchers or bills expect one receipt of SS as Institutional cost the accountant was mentioning cost of printing, stationary, phone bills, rent etc.

Suggested the following: with effect from April 15 they should separate ILP account from other donars, ILP has not budgeted any money for mobile and it will not allow the same and requested them to reverse it (not sure how this will happen because it is in the last financial year). We will have to suggest part payments for the Institutional cost so that we know what it is spent for with the supporting vouchers and bills.


Things are not completely under control of the coordinators, they need to take much more initiative to properly implement the projects. All of them need day to day implementing plan, which I think Dr.Giridhar needs to help to develop one.

Most of the teachers need more training on teaching and learning, as many of them are just 8th passed/failed.

Teaching and learning charts are useful but the organisation should also get the Primer for teaching and learning for adult literacy from Nirantra as early as possible and conduct couple days training on how to use them to the volunteers. The questionnaire for the neo literate contains some many questions relating to SHG book keeping, gram sabhas, aganvadies, etc but there is no any curriculum for the facilitators, even the coordinators and field coordinators themselves does not know about these above, so the organisation needs to get a good trainer on these subject and train the staffs and facilitators (teachers).

Apart from the literacy drive, the women should be taught few good songs on girl child education, protection of girl children, importance of education to their children and for the families, songs related to keeping good health, eating habits etc, along with teaching literacy these will go a long way.

The lighting is very poor in all the centers and the bulbs are the old filament types, suggested that wherever needed organisation should buy florcent bulbs either women should contribute or from the unspent budget like development of innovate materials.

The organisation also should think of getting 10th passed or fail village youths to teach the women instead of 5th/6th passed.

Good beginning but a long way ahead bearing the teething problems I think expect a good outcome and impact by the project if not from all the 1000 women atleast 400 to 500 will certainly be literate.

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