Ankur Samanteche (Germinating for Equality)
SAMYAK recently co-published a workbook titled "Ankur Samanteche" in Marathi along with Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ), New Delhi. This workbook consist of 13 pretested activities with visual images. These workbook takes children through range of activities that gives messages regarding gender socialisation, gender-based discrimination agianst gilrs in areas of schooling, nutrition, domestic work, abuse etc. This book also takes children through a brief reading about great women in India and abroad. It also reads brief stories of men in history who contributed towards women's empowerment. The workbook also talks about 'men's responsibity' in promotion of gender equality.
The workbook (originally developed by Kriti Resource Centre of SAHAYOG, Lucknow (INDIA) in Hindi was translated and adapted to contexualised to Maharashtra) was pre-tested in urban and rural settings with school-going and out-of-school children (boys and girls) between the age group of 10 to 15. Pretesting showed encouraging results in the context of comprehension of the content, visuals and messages in the workbook. SAMYAK is planning to take this workbook to 100 schools in Maharashtra and also include it in Teacher's Training Programme with the Singhgad Institute of Education, Pune through their 'Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.)' course in 2011 -12.