CherYsh Shiksha – After School Learning Centres

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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

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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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Community Kitchen Products at Haliyal Utsav

At the Shivaji Stadium in Haliyal, the enthusiasm was palpable. So were the colours, the aromas, the buzz of the Karavali communities who gathered to celebrate the annual Haliyal Utsav. A year-end tradition since the last five years, the Haliyal Utsav brings together villages from the coastal areas of Karnataka in a fun fair that showcases their vibrant communities. This year the women of CherYsh Community Kitchen were proud participants in the Haliyal Utsav. The women proved their mettle in bringing together a well packaged and labeled collection of spice mixes,

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Serve And Lead Training (SaLT): Skilling for Entrepreneurship

Continuous learning and skill enhancement was delivered through the SaLT session. Mr. Chandrasekariah, experienced Trainer from Buzz India, delivered the sessions on financial literacy. The sessions gave women greater insight, and practical skills to understand basics of enterprise, qualities of an entrepreneur, family budgeting, receipts and payments, financial goal setting, loan management and so on.

Keeping the kitchens earning

Women of the Community Kitchens took up new orders and prepared for increase in sales.

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Community Kitchens – Geared up

Women of Community Kitchens earned a regular income from sale of food products. Their scheduled deliveries continued with supply to the CherYsh Shikshas, and the EID Parry factory canteens. A woman from the village, tailored the new gear worn by women, opening a new line of skill work linked to the Community Kitchens. A new plan to expand the order base in being developed for the financial year 2017-18.

 

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The e-story: User Learning Curve

The e-story in Haliyal began with the introduction of Tablet devices for Learning Facilitators(Shiksha Tutors). This enables them to maintain enrollment records of all children, their performance evaluation, and attendance. In addition, the devices were updated with audio-visual content for the phonics-based English learning program. Training programs were conducted and covered aspects of excel usage, user interface, data, and data integrity.

Team leads were identified from amongst the 25 Learning Facilitators, to be a local resource,

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The CherYsh Community Kitchens

The Serve and Lead Training: Experience of client engagement

A feedback system was instituted by CherYsh to enable women to engage directly with the buyer on aspects of quality. The Canteen Manager and staff at the local sugar factory of the EID Parry group, welcomed women of the Community Kitchens to their conference room. The factory team conveyed that workers eating at the canteen had appreciated the “home-made” and “tasteful” flavor, also that the products were “unadulterated”.

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Economic Empowerment of Rural Women

The SaLT session for women of the Community Kitchens included training on using, and conserving, energy via fuel-efficient cooking stoves.

In addition a SaLT session was delivered by staff of the Gateway Lakeside to support women of the Community Kitchens with information on quality, storage, new snack recipes, recipes for pickles, and elements of packaging.

 

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Peer Training in Mundwad kitchens

The CherYsh Community Kitchens continue to supply food products to two factories in Haliyal. Women earned a sustained income from sale of 200+ kilograms of food products per order.

In June, women who had been trained from the first community kitchen were encouraged to train members of the second kitchen in Mundwad village. Their skills as trainers and entrepreneurs were honed in this process.

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