Location

Bihar, East

We started Anandshala in 2011 to create a district-wide replicable model on child engagement by making school a joyful learning space and building a more responsive education system.

About

For the past two decades, the access that children have to elementary education has been the major focus of the central and state government. However, as children fail to complete the full cycle of school education, this has proven to become a major educational challenge.

The idea of Anandshala become the core of Government policy on child engagement. We started this as a research project which has now turned into a full-fledged programme with the core goal of building a district wide replicable model on child engagement.

The program zeroes in on improving the implementation of Government policies around quality learning in Indian schools and the learning from Samastipur will be replicated across other districts in Bihar. In 2015, the MyQuest initiative in colleges and ITIs started a process to help young people make better career decisions at the right time.

Vision 2020

We plan to reach 15,000 youth by the year 2020 by building a strong network of good partners across Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. 

Our blended learning toolkits on life skills, works skills and career knowledge will create an environment where each and every young person between the ages of 18-30 receives the opportunity to connect with the right careers, achieve success and become the leaders of the future.

Need and Strategy

The state of Bihar contains much scope and opportunities for young people who constitute around one-fifth of the population. Although jobs and self-employment opportunities exist, however, young people lack the skills to use those opportunities.

In the next two years, our plan is to expand our work with more youth organizations and institutions across Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh and set up a platform upon which we can approach other states as well with these initiatives.

Across these three states, nearly 300 trainers and 2,000 students have been trained through our 15 partners. Approximately 35% of our students have been placed out of which two have started their own businesses.

This includes the plan to develop their skills and help them discover their self-confidence and self-awareness for the purpose of enabling them to impact their communities in a positive manner.

About Quest Learning Centre 

We have developed the Quest Learning Centre in our Samastipur office in Bihar where young people and stakeholders in Government schools have the opportunity to develop their skills and also experience the Quest learning environment.

We are developing twenty-first century skills by way of movie screenings, guest lectures and other activities. At the library, students can develop their knowledge by making use of the access they have to the books available there.

Impact

  • 20 Partner Organizations
  • 20 Total Centres
  • 15 Total Partners
  • 6 Industrial Training Institutes
  • 14 VTCs
  • 300 Facilitators Trained
  • 2,000 Total Trained
  • 35% Total In Work
  • 8 Districts

Team

Amitav Nath

State Head, Bihar

Sushant Mihir Pathak

Program Coordinator, Bihar

Shatrughan Paswan

Driver, Bihar

Shahee Deepak Kumar

Program Coordinator, Bihar

Rajnish Chandra

Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, Bihar

Md Azim Ud Doula

Anandshala Program Manager, Bihar

Kailash Mewada

Training Support Officer, Bihar

Chhedi Mahto

Office Cook, Bihar

Rajesh Kumar Shahni

Office Assistant, Bihar

Irfan Ullah Ansari

Administrative Assistant, Bihar

Himanshu Kumar

Senior Admin & IT Officer, Bihar

Gauri Kumari

Employability Facilitator, Bihar

Sunil Kumar

Program Officer, Bihar

Shahid

Program Officer, Bihar

Prabhat Kumar

Program Officer, Bihar