The Mosamat Budhiya Shiksha Nirman Sangathan (MBSNS), was registered under the Trust Act on 11th October, 2017. Though the registration is new, this educational initiative itself is born out of a ten year old struggle that started in Araria district of North Bihar. The struggle was a humble attempt to ensure that people’s entitlements under laws like the NREGA were met. In the process we committed ourselves to building a better world, “nyay samanta ho aadhaar aisa rachenge ham sansar!”
However, even in the early phase of our struggle we understood that the struggle was as much within as outside. The hierarchies that we saw outside had made their homes in our hearts and minds. And we have in our own limited ways tried to keep our caste, class, gender, religion and minorities lenses on to ensure that we worked with justice in our heart and in our actions. This education initiative is to strengthen what we have instinctively known, as Dr. Ambedkar said “Shikshit Ho! Sangathit ho! Sangharsh Karo! Sangharsh Karo!”
The Trust was named after our local hero Mosamat Budhiya, read her story here.
- March 2022 – An Academic Year endsWhile studying about circuits and electricity in our senior class, we looked at ways of connecting this to our day to day life. Around this time, we found out that Adil, a youth volunteer who used to visit the centre, knew how to fix LED bulbs, so we requested him to do a workshop withContinue reading “March 2022 – An Academic Year ends”
- February, 2022 at the JeevanshalaOne of the most exciting exercises to happen at the centre, for our children, was the mask making workshop. The senior students, were given a small training on making masks, from old newspapers, by cultural activist Jitendra Paswan. Jitendra is a former Sarpanch from Katihar and also Secretary of the JJSS. He is active withContinue reading “February, 2022 at the Jeevanshala”
- A Happy Begining – January, 2022Post a small christmas celebration, we took a very short winter cum year end break. As we readied to reopen the centre, the covid scare was back and Bihar Government closed down Government schools. We decided that though we would not call the younger students, we would call the 5 senior group students and we,Continue reading “A Happy Begining – January, 2022”
- Year End at the Jeevanshala, December, 2021These two photos have a special meaning for us. Its been about eight months that boys and girls on the campus have been playing football together and then we heard that their would be a woman’s football match, in Araria itself. All children went with their Physical education TL (teacher learner), Biswajit and Abhimanyu. December,Continue reading “Year End at the Jeevanshala, December, 2021”
- November, 2021 at the JeevanshalaAfter the festive break in October, the Jeevanshala reconvened in November. The Teacher Learner (TL) team, was excited to try out all the beautiful things we had learned on our trip to Bhopal. Here is a glimpse of November. Another beautiful thing that happened at the JS in November, was a visit by Manoj, ShruthiContinue reading “November, 2021 at the Jeevanshala”