Avehi Abacus focuses its outreach on schools catering to communities characterized by socio-economic marginalization.
In the beginning of each academic year, training workshops are organized by the AVEHI ABACUS PROJECT to orient
schoolteachers to Sangati. This is followed by distribution of kits and children’s material in schools. Depending on the school’s preference
and medium, the Teacher’s Manuals are available in Hindi or Marathi, while the Children’s Material is available in Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati,
Urdu, English, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. Sangati sessions are conducted by the teachers for 1 clock hour per week. Field Representatives
visit schools regularly to understand the feedback / response from students and teachers and provide inputs to make the sessions more
effective; worksheets filled by students are also overseen by them. The Sangati process is also documented and serves as a rich source of
understanding teaching-learning processes in classrooms, changes in children and teachers.
From 2016-17, as the batch of Class V children progressed to Class VI an effort was made to implement Sangati in a consecutive manner with
the new batch of Class V. This has not only increased the outreach but has also helped towards sustainability of the programme. In 2017-18,
Sangati reached nearly 66800 students studying in Class V, VI, VII simultaneously in 945 schools.
AVEHI ABACUS PROJECT is the only organisation to implement an intensive curriculum programme enlisting the active involvement of
in-service teachers in all middle schools (900+) over a stretch of nearly 12 years. In order to ensure smooth integration, better
monitoring and sustained use of Sangati programme, the AVEHI ABACUS PROJECT has been involved in working closely with Supervisory
Officials of Mumbai Municipal Corporation since they perform the key roles of administration and monitoring.
The Sangati Programme is also being implemented in 36 residential schools for tribal children (Ashram Shalas) run by the Integrated Tribal Development
Department, reaching out to more than 5000 students.
Sangati has also begun implementation in 17 Special Schools (for Special-needs children) in Mumbai run by the Municipal Corporation.
This initiative was taken by the Administrative Officer in charge of these schools and the response from the teachers is overwhelming
since they were able to connect substantial content from school books with Sangati curriculum. The various pedagogic devices have helped the
students understand concepts and feel confident about learning and expressing themselves.