Reflecting voices from grassroots… Vol 25 | March 2018

Welcome to the March 2018 edition of GRAAM Newsletter. In this edition, we bring you the stories about:

* Fostering Entrepreneurial Skills through Children’s Fair
* Sugamya Shiksha Kreedothsava
* Creative Classrooms of Sugamya Shiksha
* Understanding Perception of Voters
*Policy Analysis And Program Evaluation Workshop
*The union budget 2018 on health
*CSR News Digest -Feb2018
* Health Enrich Article in Newspaper

Fostering Entrepreneurial Skills through Children’s Fair

                                                                                                              -Dr. Laxman Rao  Sankineni

Makkala Santhe (children’s fair) is perhaps the most animated participatory event conducted under Sugamya Shiksha project. The pupils have not seen such an event on their school campus before. All project stakeholders enthusiastically participated in the event. Most project schools conducted the fun fair in December (2017) and January (2018) and the remaining school(s) are planning the event in February (2018).

fes1At the one-day event the participating children open stalls to sell their offerings to the local visitors. To illustrate, at Devegowda Nagara fair higher primary pupils opened  25 stalls and high school students managed 17 stalls. The items on sale range from snacks/food, vegetables and fruits to groceries and stationery. It was a veritable feast for eyes to watch children of tender age  managing their stall, transacting business with often fussy customers and sealing a deal with them by collecting the right amount and returning the correct change. Interestingly almost all participating children reported profits of varying sizes – depending on the level of investment.

The investments made by pupils range from Rs 500 to Rs 3,000. The sums may look small but they are big amounts for children. The children mobilized the funds through their own efforts. Parents supported some children. But some children were able to mobilize resources from multiple sources, that is, family, friends and relatives – “crowd-funding” of sorts in action! By participating in equal numbers in the fair girls demonstrated that they are on a par with boys.

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Sugamya Shiksha – Sugamya Kreedothsava

– Ms.Usha Raghupathy

As the saying in English goes, “All work and no Play makes Jack a dull boy”. Academic learning and sports education resemble the two sides of the same coin. If sports education is carried out accompanied with the academic curriculum, the overall personality of the student is increased to quite an extent.sugamya sportsGRAAM is implementing Sugamya Shiksha, a comprehensive school development program, in 10 government schools from three district of Karnataka. Nine different projects are integrated under the program for the overall development of the students including education, sports, life-skills, computer, communication, health and community.
‘Jocky Fit for Children’ is one of the project in the program which envision to strengthen the sportive spirit of the children and also to support the progress of talented children in various sports. Thus, GRAAM along with the Education Department of Karnataka and Page Industries conducted inter school sports competition, named “Sugamya Kreedothsava” in all the three program districts of Sugamya Shiksha Program. Students from all the nine schools from three districts, i.e. Bangalore, Mysore and Hassan, had participated in the event. The education department officials, Sport academy officials and sports personnel’s were invited as guests to motivate and encourage the children.

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The Creative Classrooms of Sugamya Shiksha

                                                                                                                   – Ms.Radha

Sugamya Shiksha project is implemented in 10 schools of selected 3 districts in Karnataka i.e in Hassan, Bengaluru & Mysuru. The project has nine different components, and Sandhya Shale is one of them. Sandhya Shale (literal translation is Evening School) mainly focuses on facilitating learning through activities and joyful learning method.  Sandhya shale also provides a ‘risk -free/safe’ environment for working parents children as the shale engages them after school hours till 1800 hrs.
Sandya shale

In Sandhya Shale, children are divided in groups based on their learning levels, and accordingly learning is facilitated. IN a Sandhya Shale classroom, emphasize is given on method of ‘Learning while Doing’, where children do the activity, which is based on our daily life,  to learn the concept. Opportunity is provided to every single student in the class to express their view on particular topic. This help them to express freely about their views and concern in group forum. As per our experience, the children are more expressive to show their feelings through drawings. The facilitators provide personal attention to each child and also tries to understand their hidden talent in due course. Children start their Sandhaya Shale with freshening up, meditation, reading newspaper, learning and closing with games. From November 2016, Sandhya Shale has been initiated  in three Government schools of Bengaluru – Kodichikkanahalli, Kudlu & Begur.

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Understanding Perception of Voters

                                                                                          – Dr.Rajendra Prasad

Karnataka is going ahead with a legislative election to elect members of the 224 constituencies on May 12th, 2018 and results will be declared on May 15th, 2018. In this juncture, GRAAM conducted a quick survey with 10 women and youth groups to understand their interest in the upcoming elections and reasons for not voting, along with their suggestions for fair and people friendly election processes. Given below are some of the major points from the discussions with various groups:

VotersWoman: All the women are aware about their voting rights and feel that voting is not only their fundamental right but also their responsibility. However, the major reasons for non-voting are:

  • Migration was cited as a major factor for decreased voter turnout.
  • Some voters have physical difficulties or disabilities to reach the polling booth. For instance, the aged and disabled do not have access to proper transport facility or other support to reach the polling station.
  • Lack of complete information about the candidates, and their suitability as candidates also makes voters to abstain from voting.
  • Negative attitude or cynicism towards political system leads to an attitude among voters that nothing can change in the system with their vote.
  • Sometimes caste also plays a major role in influencing people not to vote in the elections.
  • People’s disinterest in voting also emanates from the fact that right or good candidates are not standing in the election.


  • Special attention needs to be paid to the aged and the disabled such as providing them transport, wheel chairs and other facilitation help while voting.
  • System should be more empathetic and responsive towards other vulnerable groups such as women, Scheduled Tribes and Scheduled Castes.

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Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation Workshop(PA&PE) in collaboration with Cornell University USA and GRAAM India.

From 3rd July to 18th July 2018 at ISEC, Bangalore, Karnataka

 PAPE workshop

The ILR School of Cornell University, a leading school for applied social sciences in USA & Grassroots Research and Advocacy Movement (GRAAM) a Public Policy Research and Advocacy Initiative in India, jointly presents a workshop intended to build capacity in understanding the process and methods of Program Evaluation and evidence based policy making.

This Sixteen-day workshop will draw on the academic expertise of Cornell University and large research network of GRAAM to provide participants with practical guidance for understanding Public Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation.

Reflection on India’s Union Budget 2018, on Health

                                                                                                      -Ms.Chandrika Shetty


Highlights of the union budget: The program Ayushman Bharat announced during the union budget 2018. The Govt claims that, this programme focuses on primary, secondary and tertiary care and strengthens the three tire health care system of India. 1.5 lakh health and wellness centres will be created at the rural areas that being led by qualified Ayush practitioners (bridge course-qualified) or nurse practitioner. For secondary and tertiary health care, govt has announced a health insurance scheme called National health protection scheme (NHPS). This scheme covers 10 crore poor and vulnerable families with an estimated 50 crore individual beneficiaries. The coverage per family is Rs 5 lakh and there is no restriction on the size of the family. The annual premium cost estimated for each family is between Rs 1000-1200. The coverage is estimated to be 50% in the first year and by second year it should cover all the population. It is being said that it is a prerogative of the states to decide whether the scheme will be trust based or insurance based.

Reflection on insurance based healthcare system

By the announcement of National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) it is evident that India is moving towards private based, insurance led health system. In this background it is essential to understand how relevant this insurance led health system in the present context of India’s health status.

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CSR Digest

GRAAM’s CSR Bulletin for the month of FEB 2018 for Major updates in CSR space across the world with special reference to India.

-Collected By, Mr.Bhagavan                                                      

1. CSR: Companies spend Rs 4,719 crore in first 8 months of this fiscal


Companies shelled out Rs 4,719 crore towards CSR activities in the first eight months of the current fiscal, with private sector entities accounting for major chunk of the expenditure, according to the government
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2. The Companies with The Best CSR Reputations In 2017

A recent analysis of 170,000 company ratings from respondents in 15 countries sheds light on which are perceived by consumers as the most socially responsible. The firm found to have the best reputation for corporate social responsibility (CSR)

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Health Enrich

An Article published recently on a Kannda daily Vijayakarnataka 


About GRAAMs Initiative of  Rural Social Business unit – Empowering Tribal women of HD Kote.