Sadashiv N

Sadashiv_N

Placed at:   Bandipore, Jammu & Kashmir

Education:B.Tech in Electronics & Communication Engineering from Govt Model Engineering College, Kochi; MA in Public Administration from IGNOU Delhi.

Prior work experience:

  • Worked for 2 years and 3 months in Deloitte Consulting India Pvt. Ltd at Hyderabad as a consultant in CRM before joining PMRDF 

One key work during fellowship
Issue:

  • Poor learning levels among elementary level school children (Classes 1 – 8) in Bandipore District.

What was done:

  • A comprehensive programme entitled the “New Leaf Initiative” was launched in April 2015 which comprised of the following activities: 
  • Setting up a group of Education Observers comprising dedicated officers of the District Administration to constantly monitor learning levels and progress of initiatives undertaken in the district.
  •  Roping in PRATHAM, a reputed NGO working in education, to implement their Read India programme on a pilot basis in 150 schools of the district for children of classes 1 – 5 in English, Mathematics and Urdu.
  • Inviting talented and passionate youngsters from organizations like Teach For India to teach and impart teachers training.
  •  Inculcating learning-by-doing through science workshops by NGO Gyan Setu, Pune as well as encouraging science teachers to explain concepts through neighbourhood learning field trips. Star-gazing events were conducted which were facilitated with telescopes and Google Sky Map (Android App) to spark curiosity in our youngsters about the universe.

Impact:

  • Dramatic improvement in learning levels in PRATHAM-adopted schools in the time period of June to October 2015. Reading levels went up from 7% to 31% in English and from 9% to 28% in Urdu. Basic arithmetic levels improved from 41% to 77% in our students.
  •  30 volunteers from age-group of 16 to 65 from all across the country came to Bandipore to teach our students. The school environment has been changed into a lively, energetic atmosphere in the schools they undertook interventions in.
  • Govt. of J&K has acknowledged the success of PRATHAM and our volunteer teaching initiatives and is scaling it across all Districts of Kashmir in 2016.