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  project name ~ Kondh Advasi Schools

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  Project Name


Kondh Advasi Schools



Nisarga Trust



literacy and education






Andhra Pradesh

  Budget Approved


Rs 252000


  Year Approved







1   2        

  Chapter Coordinators



Bay Area





School in Bangarubuddi





Nisarga Trust has been running single schools in Kondh villages in the adivasi areas of Visakhapatnam district. Kondhs in Visakhapatnam a primitive adivasi group, are migrants from neighboring Orissa, displaced by various development projects. The are located in remote areas, with little or no access to any modern facilities like roads, electricity, schools, healthcare. The teachers of the school are adivasi youth from nearby villages. The schools run from class I-III, with the aim of preparing the children for the residential schools run by the tribal development authority (Aashram Paathshala). The teachers are envisioned to become community organizers. The long term goal is to organize the Kondhs for their rights.

AID and Asha have been supporting ten of these schools, which have been running since Sept 2002.





For the first year of the project (2002-2003) - All the ten schools are operational and working well. - The schools are operating in an extremely challenging environment. The villages are in reserved forests, with no access to roads, no electricity and no medical facility. Its a challenge to even operate. - Average school attendance has been good. Total enrolment of the 10 schools was about 250. Total dropouts were 40 . The dropouts were normally older students who stopped attending due to participation in economic activity, primarily cattle rearing. - At the beginning of the new academic year (in July 2003), 28 students joined the ITDA residential school(also called ashram paathshalas). Six of them have come back as they could not adjust to the new surroundings. - Teachers are gradually participating and helping with community issues. There are several instances of them taking initiative on behalf of the villagers, obtaining ration cards, getting medical supplies, helping negotiate rates with traders etc.





The long term goal of the organization is to organize the Kondh adivasis in Vishakhapatnam district. The schools are a beginning towards this goal. They are an end in themselves, to enable the Kondh children get access to education. However Nisarga Trust also sees the schools producing future community leaders who can organize their people for their rights. The short term goal is to run the single teacher schools to train children in basic literacy and numeracy and enable them to successfully join the government run residential schools for adivasis in the scheduled areas. The teacher is also expected to become a community organizer, helping villagers solve their problems.



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