Description

Jyothi plays with her brother, Siddaraju, who has severe learning disabilities. She has trained as a Home Based Educator (HBE) through a scheme that aims to make the education system in Chamrajnagar District, India, more inclusive for disabled children. After hearing about Mobility India’s work in the area, Jyothi joined one of its Self Help Groups (SHGs), where she learned that she could become an HBE. She’d already been trying to assist with her brother’s development alone; now, with the support of the group and her training, she has a much better understanding of how to help him progress. “My next target is to get him to brush his teeth, then put on his shirt and button it up”, she says, adding that she’s pleased that she manages to retain his attention more than used to be possible.

Through the Chamkol Programme, every child with disabilities is entitled to enrol at his or her local school and then receive education at home through an HBE. Meanwhile, the SHGs serve to educate parents about their children’s conditions, and also their potential. They also offer loans to families to help them manage the additional costs entailed in responding positively to disability.

Robin was commissioned to capture visual case studies by CBM, which supports Chamkol in partnership with Mobility India thanks to funding from the UK Department for International Development (DfID). After carrying out extensive interviewing and collecting stories of transformation, he produced the ‘Chamkol Baseline Visual Narratives’ as part of the programme’s evaluation. He also put his videography skills into action to create two short films. Complementing programme data with visual storytelling is an effective and compelling way to demonstrate how a theory of change has played out in reality, while highlighting the real meaning of a project’s achievements for those who’ve benefited.

Details

Title
Making education inclusive

Themes
Disability, education, inclusivity, M&E

Client
CBM

Location
Chamrajnagar, Karnataka, India

Camera settings
22mm, ISO 1250, 1/100, f/3.2

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