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Sikshasandhan Timeline

1995-96 | Sikshasandhan was Established

National Symposium on Education for Social Change (Report Published) State Symposium on Education for Social Change VOs, education experts, academics, teachers, community members, etc. invited. Needs assessment of NGOs conducted by visiting various organizations in Orissa to learn about what was being done, what the gaps were and how Sikshasandhan could fill the gaps. Action plan drafted for 10 years and submitted to Action Aid India.

1996-97 | Support Service Provided

Provided support services on local specific teaching learning materials and primers in three tribal languages, Saura, Desia and Juang. Conducted training programmes for teachers, Village Education Committee (VEC) members and senior functionaries of VOs.
Started publication of books and bi-monthly magazine, Sikha and established a resource library.
Spread of Education in Tribal Areas: A consultation with teachers (Report Published).
Consulted primarily teachers from tribal areas, approximately 60, to learn from them on their perceptions of the education system. Sikshasandhan starting assisting in designing education programmes for various NGOs and VOs ie. SWWS, CCD, ISARA, JBK, SPREAD, MODE, Agragamee, KARMI, and more.

1997-98 | Tribal Writers Workshop (Report Published)

Tribal peoples invited to share tribal stories, songs, folk tales, riddles, etc. used to design course curriculum and materials.
Spread of Education in Tribal Society: A consultation with students (Report Published).
Residential high school students from Scheduled Caste Scheduled Tribe (SCST) Department of Orissa, were invited to express their thoughts on education.
State-level Discussion on the Report "Primary Education in India - A Status Report" under the aegis of Citizen Initiative on Elementary Education in India Forum.

1998-99 | Identified Integrated Intervention

Identified integrated intervention was needed for holistic development of people.
Submitted proposal to German Argo Action for initiation of Alternative Education Centres (AECs).
Published quarterly journal, NewsEd.
First two of three phases of training of trainers programme organized.

1999-2000 | Received Funding for 16 AECs

Received funding for 16 AECs in tribal areas of Orissa in partnership with seven consortium partners.
Interface on Tribal Education as part of advocacy initiative.
Workshop for young writers and artists, invited from urban, rural and tribal areas to nurture their creative potential and strengthen their imaginations.
Training of trainers programme completed.

2000-01 | Received Funding for 34 AECs

AECs more than doubled to 34.
Evaluation of Educational Institutions of Secondary Education (Under the Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste Development Department) (Study Conducted).

2001-02 | Education Centre for Tribal Children

Education Centre for Tribal Children in Orissa (Report Published). External evaluation conducted by German Agro Action on Sikshasandhan.
Balwadi Teachers Training Programme (Report Published) Conducted for the Catholic Relief Services AECs reduced to 31.

2002-03 | Sikshasandhan Perspective Plan

Sikshasandhan Perspective Plan 2002-2012 with outside expertise, State-level interface on tribal education as part of advocacy initiative.
Workshop on Innovations in Education, invited organizations working in the field of non-formal education.
Discussion on the relevance of basic education in the present context, Monthly discussions and lectures on education and development issues.

2003-04 | Discussion on Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2003

Discussion on Free and Compulsory Education Bill 2003. Resource library opened to the public.

2004-05 | Internship Programme Started

Established internship programme. Our first intern, Lauren Alcorn, completed her Masters thesis Indigenous Education at a Crossroads.
Printing press set-up.

2005-06 | Resource Centre for Odisha

Sikshasandhan becomes a resource centre for Orissa Siksha Abhijan and conducted training programme for capacity building of its members.

2006-07 | Odisha Siksha Abhijan

Designed training schedule and trained more than 400 bridge school teachers under Orissa Siksha Abhijan.
Quality Education for the Marginalised : Challenges and Responses Study conducted for PREM/PLAN, Chilka.
Alternative Paths to Primary Education in Rural India
Sikshasandhan educational programme was chosen as one of the five case studies of GAA assisted educational projects.

2007-2008 | Organisation's Youth Programming

Partnership established with Schools Without Borders, Canada. Intern develops the organisation's youth programming.
Operates 27 AECs with six consortium partners.
Fifty five books published on education, social change and for children.
A printing press to generate income and to cater to the needs of alternative publishing established.
Libraries (resource (7000 books), village (8100 books), mobile (1250 books)) set up.
Published Sikha magazines and six issues of quarterly journal, NewsEd. Construction of new office building progresses.

2008- 2009 | Sikshasandhan shifted its office to its own building

Sikshasandhan shifted its office to its own building.
A study (School of Dream: Stakeholders vision) conducted with the support of Save the Children. Collaboration with BVLF, Netherlands.

2009-2010 | Filed office set up

Filed Office set up at Nuasahi, Kaptipada block of Mayurbhanj district.
Sikshasandhan startsworking with government schools in the context of Right to Education with the financial support of Welthungerhilfe and Terrre des Homes, Germany.
Initiation of state-level advocacy on Right to Education with the support of Action aid.
A number of programmes organised in collaboration with Save the Children, ORien, CYSD and Voice for Child Rights on Right to Education.

2010-2011 | Expands its field activities

Sikshasandhan expands its field activities to Ranipokhari and Noto Gram Panchayat with the support of CRY and Oxfam India respectively.
Sikshasandhan starts and manages the UDDAN Programme (bridge course for tribal girls) with support of Care India.
Receives support for managing ULLASH Programme from BVLF, Netherland.
Chittaranjan Das, founder Chairman of Sikshasandhan dies.

2011-2012 | Expands its field activities

Sikshasandhan expanded its field activities to Saradiaha Gram Panchayat with the support of SDTT.
The programme supported by Welthungerhilfe was evaluated by Prof. K. Sujatha and Mr. Venkat Reddy.
Odisha RTE Forum formed and Member-Secretary, Sikshasandhan becomes the Convener of the same.
First Chittaranjan Das Memorial Lecture organised.

2012-2013 | International Mother Tongue Day celebrated

International Mother Tongue celebrated in collaboration with Lohia Akademy.
District Administration, Mayurbhanj replicates Sikshasandhans language teacher concept in 176 government schools to bridge the language and cultural gap between teachers and the students, and between parents and schools.
Anil Pradhan becomes one of the members for developing MLE policy in the Odisha.
A study on Assessing Educational Facilities in Tribal Areas conducted on behalf NUEPA, New Delhi.

2013-2014 | Tribal literature festival organised

Tribal Literature Festival organised on the eve of International Mother Tongue Day