CherYsh Shiksha – After School Learning Centres


The CherYsh Shiksha After School Learning Centres target all-round development of children through quality support to their learning needs. The goal of the CherYsh Shikshas is to encourage village neighbourhood learning spaces: the home of a community member, or a common room, where children enjoy learning, nurture aspirations and thereby progress. Young women from the community are selected and trained as Learning Facilitators for the Shikshas. This teacher capacity building effort within the community has had significant benefit to the sustainability of the Shiksha program.

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Active Rural Curriculum (ARC)

The CherYsh Shikshas incorporate an Active Rural Curriculum – ARC, which brings activity-rich methodologies such as music, art, puppetry, games as part of the curriculum to teach English and Math. ARC has introduced phonics-based learning for teaching English. Learning Facilitators have been trained to use phonics-based English modules on digital devices and include this method into their classrooms. As a result, English reading and speaking skills in the Shiksha children have shown a marked improvement.

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Learning Facilitators


The CherYsh Shiksha learning programme leverages another significant programme to develop local-based Learning Facilitators.Young qualified women from the community are selected and trained as Learning Facilitators for the Shikshas. As the number of Shikshas grows, more women from the community have come out to attend training courses, to learn new teaching skills in English and Math, to use digital devices for phonics based teaching modules.

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Digitisation at CherYsh Shikshas

Training sessions for digital interface started for the new Learning Facilitators who joined in July. The student attendance sheets, and other learning aids were loaded to their digital devices. Ten learning facilitators, including a few who required additional training from the previous batch attended the session. Mr. Madhu, Technology Anchor at CherYsh, led the session.


  • All Shikshas have digital devices(Tablets), which are handled by the LFs for teaching phonics-based English
  • Attendance data is 100% digitised;

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The learning showcase

CherYsh Day was held to celebrate the accomplishments of children, women and the community in Haliyal. CherYsh field staff, and Learning Facilitators (LFs) shared a report on progress at this public event. Children from all Shikshas came together and showcase their talents in arts, sports and music. This year CherYsh Day was conducted in two villages – Hunswad and Mundwad. Shikshas were grouped into two according to their geographical location and teams from all 31 Shikshas competed enthusiastically in rhyme recitation,

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A new view

KLE Technological Institute hosts CherYsh Learning Facilitators and students

KLE Tech. Hubballi, organised a structured visit for a group of 40 CherYsh Learning Facilitators and Students as part of an experiential learning visit to the campus. The CherYsh group went through the campus with wide-eyed curiosity and enthusiasm! The program schedule was fulfilling, and took our young learners to all departments at KLE Tech. Also, this was the first time such an interaction was held on campus!

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My village, our progress

In the second (Rural Innovation Through Education) RITE session of the year, 35 RITE volunteers from KLE Tech engaged with children at the CherYsh Shikshas. The volunteers were trained to conduct an evaluation competency enhancement amongst children to read, write, enunciate, and narrate stories in English. They completed the exercise covering a sample size of 280 Shiksha students.

The RITE volunteers were encouraged to take leadership of the villages they visited. It was exciting to see youth volunteers adopt their village,

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The Learning Playfields

There was visible excitement as the Shikshas reopened to a new academic year 2017-18. Fresh enrollments, new audio-visual learning modules, refreshed training on the Active Rural Curriculum, and distribution of the mid-evening nutritious laddoos, contributed to a wholesome start.

Child leaders were identified across the existing 26 Shikshas. Currently, 36 villages are covered under the learning program.

CherYsh established five new Shikshas in the villages of Aralwad, Nagshettikoppa, Jataga and Jataga Gowliwada in Haliyal Taluka.

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E-cadres emerging!

Technology was systematically introduced at the CherYsh Resource Centre, Haliyal. In addition to computers, a projector was installed to ensure Training sessions are more effective, and the audio-visual content component is optimally used.

The IT integration training improved the use of teaching aids( Digital devices -Tablets, and audio-visual content). It also included coaching on systems to improve administration at the Shikshas (Online recording of attendance, and evaluation of learning levels). The online tracking system was enabled such that Learning Facilitators can record attendance on their digital devices,

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RITE Training

Youth taking the RITE path

RITE – Student engagement took place via an evaluation exercise conducted in 15 Shikshas. Thirty three students of KLE Tech. Hubballi carried out the exercise using an evaluation template prepared by CherYsh. Students were enthusiastic in their participation, and demonstrated both compassion and diligence in carrying out the task. The children, and Learning Facilitators in turn were eager to respond to the evaluation and showcase success! The data is being tabulated currently.

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