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Education: A powerful weapon

here are several powerful women, who have shattered the patriarchal norms and have shown the rest of the world what women can do if they have equal rights. Chhavi Rajawat is one such name that has done exactly that and more. India’s first woman sarpanch with an MBA

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गांव के बाल वैज्ञानिक ने बनाया स्मार्ट डस्टबिन

प्रतिभा की कोई उम्र नहीं होती है। छोटी उम्र में भी नौनिहालों को यदि उपयुक्त शिक्षा, परिवेश व सुविधा मिले, तो वह भी अपनी प्रतिभा से देश और दुनिया में नाम रोशन कर सकते हैं। इसके लिए घर-परिवार से ही नौनिहालों के बालमन को बारीकी से समझना होगा। उनकी हरेक

About Charkha Development Communication Network

Charkha works towards the social and economic inclusion of marginalized communities in remote and conflict areas through the creative use of media. Many of these areas are highly inaccessible and socially, economically and politically unstable.

Charkha conducts five day skill building workshops for youth with each participant undergoing a cycle of three workshops; the first two workshops aim to train participants to report and write on local issues while the third builds their capacity to become social advocates.


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Charkha Stories

Govandi Akash

“I want to enter politics and represent the voices of children”


Akash Namdeo Sathe is among just a handful of boys who are members of a children’s parliament in Sathe Nagar, in the Mumbai suburban district.

Of the 20 member children’s parliament, nearly 14-15 members are girls.

Why are more boys not members of the parliament? 14-year-old Akash answers: “More girls are present in school, tuition classes and in the children’s parliament. I feel that boys want to play and roam around and are not interested in activities which require thinking and reflection.”

Urvashi Sarkar

2020-05-27T04:35:08+00:00

Urvashi Sarkar

“I want to enter politics and represent the voices of children” Akash Namdeo Sathe is among just a handful of boys who are members of a children’s parliament in Sathe Nagar, in the Mumbai suburban district. Of the 20 member children’s parliament, nearly 14-15 members are girls. Why are more boys not members of the parliament? 14-year-old Akash answers: “More girls are present in school, tuition classes and in the children’s parliament. I feel that boys want to play and roam around and are not interested in activities which require thinking and reflection.”

Manisha Ghorpade – Jalna

Standing against child marriage, for herself and other girls


Manisha Govind Ghorpade (Chandetepli, Jalna) studies in standard 12th. From 1st to 8th standard, she completed her education in the Zilla Parishad school in her village Chandetepli, and after that, she went on to study ninth and tenth in the Rajur School, Bhokardan, Jalna. Now, she’s pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in the Vinayak University in Rajur. Her mother Kamlabai and her younger brother stay at home with her. Her elder brothers stay in Aurangabad.

Written by : Sushil Deshmukh

Translated by : Rucha Satoor

2020-05-27T04:47:54+00:00

Written by : Sushil Deshmukh

Translated by : Rucha Satoor

Standing against child marriage, for herself and other girls Manisha Govind Ghorpade (Chandetepli, Jalna) studies in standard 12th. From 1st to 8th standard, she completed her education in the Zilla Parishad school in her village Chandetepli, and after that, she went on to study ninth and tenth in the Rajur School, Bhokardan, Jalna. Now, she’s pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in the Vinayak University in Rajur. Her mother Kamlabai and her younger brother stay at home with her. Her elder brothers stay in Aurangabad.

Aman Gupta Goregaon

"Pass on the mic to the us, say children"


When 14 year old Aman Gupta heard about child rights 2.5 years back, he thought it was just one of those catchphrases NGOs use in his slum,which died down in 10 days. To his surprise, today, he is the representative of child rights at the Maharashtra State Forum for Children, and represented Maharashtra in Delhi to discuss the state of children with the UN Global Ambassador, Lilly Singh. The transformation from a shy boy who couldn’t even speak in front of his classmates, to leading state-level campaigns for advocacy on child rights, is inspirational.  

Rucha Satoor

2020-05-27T04:50:25+00:00

Rucha Satoor

"Pass on the mic to the us, say children" When 14 year old Aman Gupta heard about child rights 2.5 years back, he thought it was just one of those catchphrases NGOs use in his slum,which died down in 10 days. To his surprise, today, he is the representative of child rights at the Maharashtra State Forum for Children, and represented Maharashtra in Delhi to discuss the state of children with the UN Global Ambassador, Lilly Singh. The transformation from a shy boy who couldn’t even speak in front of his classmates, to leading state-level campaigns for advocacy on child rights, is inspirational.  

Pooja Pasi – Dahisar

A determined fight for the right to use public spaces


Pooja Pasi brims with vigour and enthusiasm and her eyes sparkle with the youthful energy of her 19 years. A resident of Shivaji Nagar, Dahisar, Pooja is a member of the Child Protection Committee (CPC) of Committed Communities Development Trust (CCDT), an NGO as well as the CPC at the local ward level.

Urvashi Sarkar

2020-05-27T04:51:17+00:00

Urvashi Sarkar

A determined fight for the right to use public spaces Pooja Pasi brims with vigour and enthusiasm and her eyes sparkle with the youthful energy of her 19 years. A resident of Shivaji Nagar, Dahisar, Pooja is a member of the Child Protection Committee (CPC) of Committed Communities Development Trust (CCDT), an NGO as well as the CPC at the local ward level.

Govandi Shabnam Story

I feel confident, knowledgeable and wise


Shabnam Bano Guddushaikh is only 12 years old. But her wise words and thoughtful views belie her young age. A resident of Sathe Nagar in Mumbai suburban district, Shabnam displays a keen understanding of children’s rights and awareness of social problems affecting her neighborhood. She credits her awareness of a children’s parliament near her home.

Urvashi Sarkar

2020-08-28T06:03:52+00:00

Urvashi Sarkar

I feel confident, knowledgeable and wise Shabnam Bano Guddushaikh is only 12 years old. But her wise words and thoughtful views belie her young age. A resident of Sathe Nagar in Mumbai suburban district, Shabnam displays a keen understanding of children’s rights and awareness of social problems affecting her neighborhood. She credits her awareness of a children’s parliament near her home.

Pooja Puri – Jalna

Busting Myths, Advocating for Health and Hygiene


Pooja Ganesh Puri is 19 years (Bubalgaon Village, Bhokardan, Jalna). Since she was in the 8th standard, Pooja has managed to bust myths around periods and menstruation in her village and amongst her classmates.

Written by : Sushil Deshmukh, Translated by : Rucha Satoor

2020-08-28T06:08:36+00:00

Written by : Sushil Deshmukh, Translated by : Rucha Satoor

Busting Myths, Advocating for Health and Hygiene Pooja Ganesh Puri is 19 years (Bubalgaon Village, Bhokardan, Jalna). Since she was in the 8th standard, Pooja has managed to bust myths around periods and menstruation in her village and amongst her classmates.

Pooja Yadav – Goregaon

From silence to free speech


Growth is not just about moving ahead in classes, it’s also about how you challenge yourself from within. I was bullied by my friends for being too tall and even considered suicide.Today, I am a resource person and representative for India at the Children as Actors for Transforming Society.

Rucha Satoor

2020-08-28T06:11:17+00:00

Rucha Satoor

From silence to free speech Growth is not just about moving ahead in classes, it’s also about how you challenge yourself from within. I was bullied by my friends for being too tall and even considered suicide.Today, I am a resource person and representative for India at the Children as Actors for Transforming Society.

Dipali Tarvi – Palghar

Taboos of the Past, Self Care of the Present


19 year old Dipali dreams of several things – becoming a police officer, completing her education, finding a job, but most importantly for us, about ensuring that every adolescent girl breaks her silence around menstruation. For the last two years, Dipali has been campaigning for Menstrual Hygiene Management and she is especially keen on working with girls who have dropped out of school.

Rucha Satoor

2020-08-28T06:13:55+00:00

Rucha Satoor

Taboos of the Past, Self Care of the Present 19 year old Dipali dreams of several things – becoming a police officer, completing her education, finding a job, but most importantly for us, about ensuring that every adolescent girl breaks her silence around menstruation. For the last two years, Dipali has been campaigning for Menstrual Hygiene Management and she is especially keen on working with girls who have dropped out of school.

Sachin Aadhe – Jalna

Right to Education activist, who averted the migration of children of daily wage earners


Sachin, 23 from the village Paratwadi Tanda, Block Partur, District Jalna is a Person Living with Disability. He’s pursuing second year of Bachelor of Arts, through Yashwantrao Chavan Open University.

Written by: Sushil Deshmukh, Translated by: Alka Gadgil

2020-08-28T06:16:06+00:00

Written by: Sushil Deshmukh, Translated by: Alka Gadgil

Right to Education activist, who averted the migration of children of daily wage earners Sachin, 23 from the village Paratwadi Tanda, Block Partur, District Jalna is a Person Living with Disability. He’s pursuing second year of Bachelor of Arts, through Yashwantrao Chavan Open University.

Testimonials

Shagufta Wani

‘When I first wrote the article, I was sure it was worthy of being discarded in the waste bin. Now everyone in my school remembers me. My father and brothers are very proud of me,’ says an excited Shagufta Wani, a school teacher from Khumriyal Village, close to the LoC in the Kashmir Valley, had written an article during the Charkha Writing Workshop on the poor state of widows in the area. The article won the UNFPA-Laadli Award for Gender Sensitivity 2010for its sensitive portrayal of the plight of the widows of the region.’

Village Khumriyal

District Kupwara, Kashmir Valley

Jammu & Kashmir State

2019-06-08T11:38:59+00:00

Village Khumriyal

District Kupwara, Kashmir Valley

Jammu & Kashmir State

Shagufta Wani

Ashok Singh

‘Being associated with Charkha in 2004 was a turning point in my life. After the learnings from those workshops, I started my own organization, Janmat Shodh Sansthan, on the same lines as Charkha. Charkha has been my mentor in my growth as a development writer and activist,’ says a solemn Ashok Singh. He has instituted media awards and fellowships and has developed strong links with the local media to create space for the articles thus generated. He remains committed to using media as a platform to bring about change.

District Dumka

Jharkhand State

2019-06-08T11:38:28+00:00

District Dumka

Jharkhand State

Ashok Singh

Prof. Vidyanath Jha

‘I want to thank Charkha for creating such an opportunity for our students – their writings are now being published in various newspapers. The students have shared these published articles with the faculty. In recognition of their efforts and exemplary initiative to speak on behalf of the disadvantaged, we have recognized them with Awards on Independence Day, August 15, 2009. The Skill Building Workshop was very necessary for students of this Girl’s College as most of these girls hail from marginalized villages.  As a teacher, it is our duty to encourage them,’said Shri Vidyanath Jha,then-Principal of MRM Girls College, Darbhanga, in a college function shortly after Charkha had conducted writing workshops for the girls who, as per convention, led extremely sheltered lives. With the support of the Principal, the girls travelled to remote parts of the district and wrote about the difficult conditions in which the poor live, particularly in flood-prone areas around the Kosi River.

District Darbhanga,

Bihar State

2019-06-08T11:37:22+00:00

District Darbhanga,

Bihar State

Prof. Vidyanath Jha

Nazam Mir

‘Small steps can become a giant leap,’ is how Nazam Mir sums up his three-year association with Charkha as its Project Coordinator from 2012 to 2015. He understands that change cannot be brought overnight. A resident of Keerni, a village right at the Line of Control in the Jammu region, Nazam graduated from Poonch Degree College despite harrowing experiences of growing up at the volatile border. He’d walk for hours from his village to reach college but such was his dedication that he went on to gain not just the admiration of his peers but also valuable experience of working in the development sector with international NGOs in the area.

Village Keerni

District Poonch, Jammu region

Jammu & Kashmir State

2019-06-08T11:36:30+00:00

Village Keerni

District Poonch, Jammu region

Jammu & Kashmir State

Nazam Mir