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Friday, October 4, 2013

Annual Report Highlights 2012 - 13

Highlights 2012 -13

Some Numbers

No. Of students              85 boys and 12 girls
Teachers/Mentors           7 (6 women and one male, and the male is not the head)
Other Staff                    5
Volunteers                     2 for two months

Academic - 

§  Ex Student gets admission in BHU for Masters in Economics. He topped the MA Entrance test of DAVV, Indore. Came first in BA final in Sendhwa, Khargone region. Another ex student is working as trainee at THRIVE, Hyderabad - a company manufacturing solar lamps. Another student came in merit in BA final and got admitted to MA Hindi in DAVV, Indore.
§  High School topper of Chatli High School is ex Adharshila.
§  16 students were given scholarships by SRUTI. The students were from 10th – MA. They were ex students of Adharshila who were also contributing towards running Adharshila while studying.
§  One teacher enrolled for D.Ed and BA exam.

Student Projects -

§  Students installed drip irrigation on a vegetable plot.
§  Middle school children made 1000 liter bio digester with the help of a volunteer, and it worked. We can now cook daal for 120 people, once a day almost daily. They learnt a lot of Math, Science and English words by way of the gobar gas. We also realized why most of them fail in villages. The accuracy required in their daily maintenance is impossible in villages.
§  Documenting folk stories, traditional seeds and agricultural practices etc.
§  Methi plots maintained by children of 3rd – 5th grade.
§  Drip irrigation using used saline bottles.


Theater - About 25 children and teachers performed the play Bhanai  at the State convention of IPTA in Indore, Annual Conference of Ekta Parishad in Gujarat and 3 other places. Two theater workshops were held for the preparation of the play. Theater artists – Avijit and Aakash, held the workshops for 8 and 6 days respectively.
CGNet Swara Workshop – Participants from about 12 districts of MP participated in a two day workshop organised in collaboration with the CGNet Swara team and SRUTI.
Calendar – 1000 copies of a regular calendar with glossy photographs, highlighting the importance of local markets was printed. It was received very well amongst urban as well as rural settings.


Local team runs Adharshila on its own. We take a back seat and provide special effects and planning meetings. Volunteers also spent about 2 months at Adharshila. Then it needed more intervention from us, mainly interpersonal problems. Also many parents were not convinced that local teachers that too women (they look like girls even when they wore sarees) could do a good job.
A team of about15-20 student karyakartas assist the adults in the various daily tasks like looking after sick children, kitchen, evening assembly etc.

Organic Farm

Students learn organic farming by working on the farm and seeing the results. They learnt to make Jeevamrut, organic pesticides and a magic potion which promotes branching in plants.  We got to eat veggies for about 5 months and daal for two months. This is a considerable feat considering that 15 years ago the land was almost barren.

Tree Plantation

Like every year, we planted about 100 trees on the campus. In all there are about 1500 trees of app. 5o varieties. We are trying hard to collect more species and more fuel wood trees.


A poultry was set up under the leadership of two senior students who had gone for training last summer. A team of six children raised the number from 6 hens to 80. Recovered the costs and some profit but could not manage viral infection. They also did the masonry work for setting up the 6’ x 10’ cage. The poultry was a favorite sitting place for the smaller children who watched the small chicks, counted eggs, fed them, grew medicinal plants and generally kept themselves busy.

Bulls and Cows

It’s never easy to guess what strikes them and no amount of care or medicine helps. Anyway many children saw a vet for the first time though they learnt the word in Book 1. In spite of a lot of effort we couldn’t save the bull. We have 5 animals. The main benefit is the dung for the farm. We also sold one bull and got some cash. Everyday


§  An Adharshila project chosen for EIFI award from more than 800 applications.
§  Discovered that Adharshila inspired some young people to start a similar school in Tamil Nadu.
§  Women leadership training, Satna.
§  Collected folk stories related to the Holi festival from various districts of MP, Maharashtra and Gujarat for a booklet. Couldn’t be printed due to delay in getting material. Maybe next year.

Exposure tour

Senior children - Mandu Fort and Dinosaur Museum
Juniors – Badwani and Sendhwa.
Teachers and senior students – Organic Farm of Vandana and Vasant Phutane


Seed festivals in Hyderabad and Nagpur.
IPTA State Convention, Indore
Azadi Bachao Andolan meeting, Indore
SRUTI Saathi Milan, Rajasthan.
Adivasi Ekta Parishad, National Convention, Gujarat
Adivasi Sammelan, Pansemal.
Adivasi Sammelan, Burhanpur.


Harin, 2nd year student from Azim Premji Institute.
Christian, Engineer from the US. Taught the children to make the Gobar Gas plant and install solar lights. Also taught the theory.

 The Naatak India Company and the Calendar

Last year it was Yuvaniya, a magazine written, read and distributed by adivasi youth. This year we freaked out on the Naatak India Companies production – Bhanai and the Haat Calender.
The Play, Bhanai is a satire showing the pathetic condition of schools in the adivasi villages and how they were a dead end and no go for adivasi students.. How the school system belies the hopes and aspirations of the parents and children, who ultimately become factory labor or are trapped by criminal elements.  The play goes on to show an interaction of people with the Minister who says that the Govt. school system is irreparable and hence proposes privatising the whole system which the people oppose.
The Naatak India Company was invited to stage the play Bhanai at the State Convention of IPTA – the Indian Peoples Theater Association- in Indore. It was a great honor for the NIC and Adharshila. The play had the audience applauding and laughing for one hour and was given a standing ovation.
The same play was invited again at the annual function of Jan Vikas, Indore, an NGO working with slum dwellers and rag pickers. Later the play enthralled adivasi audience in Pansemal and Gujarat at the Adivasi Ekta Parishad conventions. After the play was staged most speakers based their speeches on the play.
It was a great educational experience for the children who also got to visit new places.
Theater, we once again realised was a great hit and a very potent method of communicating ideas. In spite of the mobile, TV trying to dominate the entertainment industry, theater is theater and is still very relevant in villages as well as cities. Especially in the villages where we could share the critique of the education system with an audience who was mostly illiterate. There is a hoard of literature and glossy reports which is circulated amongst the intellectual and already convinced group of people. It is of no use for most laboring people. Theater holds the key to communication in a rural setting.
The Haat Calender was an attempt to take alternative ideas to the homes of people living mainstream lives.