About Us

Our Story

Samait Shala was conceptualized in 2016. Since then the founding team has been spending the time to understand the space of children facing different learning difficulties in a mainstream classroom. Since 2017, Samait Shala has been working with children, teachers, and parents to ensure and empower all the three stakeholders to create an inclusive learning environment for the child. We are passionate about designing in class mainstream intervention for children with learning difficulties and disabilities. We believe with greater awareness and acceptance of the need of every child we can work towards making our schools and community spaces inclusive for every child

 

Samait Shala is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) registered under Section 8 of Indian Companies Act, 2013.

Team SamaitShala

Dr Griva Shah

Mentor

Dr. Griva Shah is a Ph.D in Inclusive Education and a Masters in Special Education with a final paper on ‘An investigation on to Every Child Matters" policy’s success in integrating the special needs children in mainstream schools and with more than 16 years of experience along with the number of professional training which has made her well versed with the knowledge and the skills required for assessing, teaching and supporting children with various disabilities. She taught special needs' children for 5 years in a Secondary mainstream school at London.

Kushal Dattani

Co-Founder

Kushal has been on the founding team of Samait Shala and has been in the Education space since 2010. Something that really bothers him is seeing a child disengaged and struggling in the classroom. Through Samait Shala, he constantly defines the support for the child and the different stakeholders particularly the teacher and the parent to ensure the child can access, grow and learn in their space.

Naisargi takes care of effective program execution in the classrooms projects executed by Samaitshala. Her strong volunteer experience with different NGOs led her to realize the need for being a strong teacher herself. She also initiated the Math Resource Center at Samait Shala to leverage deeper understanding of how a child learns Math. With program role in Samait Shala’s she aims to amplify her own exposure while adding value on the ground in the classrooms directly.

Palak

Curriculum and Training Associate

Palak helps with the innovation and design of the curriculum and assessments conducted in schools tied with Samaitshala. She strives to bridge existing gaps between what each child demands as education and what is being provided. Prior to this, she was a Gandhi fellow where she developed a strong insight of aligning education with liberal choice of students. She has done her graduation in B.Com (Hons) from Shri Shikshayatan College, under Calcutta University.    

Savan

Communication Intern 

Savan is currently pursuing his B.Com(Hons.) Liberal Studies from PDPU, Gandhinagar. He has joined as a Communication and Social Media Intern in-order to gain essential practical exposure and to explore his skill-set in depth.  

Palak

Palak helps with the innovation and design of the curriculum and assessments conducted in schools tied with Samaitshala. She strives to bridge existing gaps between what each child demands as education and what is being provided. Prior to this, she was a Gandhi fellow where she developed a strong insight of aligning education with liberal choice of students. She has done her graduation in B.Com (Hons) from Shri Shikshayatan College, under Calcutta University.    

Sanmitha

She has experience of working with various special learning needs- ADHD, Physical Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment, Specific Language Difficulty and Intellectually Challenged. Her institution Pearl Special Needs Foundation (PSNF) won the National Award ‘JIO DIL SE’ on 24th February 2013 for the education of special children. She has been awarded the “Best Special Educator Award 2015” for Gujarat by the Honorable Governor of the State of Gujarat Shri O.P. Kohli in recognition for the outstanding work in the field of education for special individuals. She has also been awarded the “Shreshtha Shikshak Award 2016” for Gujarat by Shri Ramabhai Patel – AMA [Ahmedabad Management Association]Her work and life is shaped on the quote from Gandhi ji: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”With Samait Shala, Griva Mam guides and mentors on our project of designing learning kits for increased student engagement towards better learning outcomes in the mainstream classroom.

Savan

Communication Intern 

Savan is currently pursuing his B.Com(Hons.) Liberal Studies from PDPU, Gandhinagar. He has joined as a Communication and Social Media Intern in-order to gain essential practical exposure and to explore his skill-set in depth.  

Palak

Manisha

Operations Associate

Manishas contribution towards Samaitshala is in the form of Internship. In addition to helping Samaitshala evolve, she herself has developed many handy skill sets which are essential for self-development, like time management, team-work, strategical planning, structuring and carrying out complex projects. 

Shrilakshmi

Program Associate

She takes care of the Svavriti learning kits program and works towards ensuring our learning kits are implemented to bring peer learning alive in the classroom. She also designs session plans and guides teachers towards the implementation of the project. She also observes the progress and improvements among students in the schools.

Naisargi

Program Associate

Priyanka Patel

Co-Founder

Priyanka Patel strongly believes in using research-based/proven interventions to support children in need; an approach she used while co-founding SamaitShala. 

Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral studies in Education and she is researching literacy interventions to support children in India who are at high risk of reading failure.

Dipon Deb

Co-Founder/Director

After teaching for 4 years – 2 years in Urban and 2 years in Rural setting, he has set his sight upon exploring education in its simplest approaches on the simplest environments – what many call the alternative education model. Currently, he is immersed in a year-long research in finding and learning the best practices, all over India, in the alternative education universe.

Sai Manoj

Co-Founder/Director

Sai Manoj is currently working for an organization called Shaishav based in Gujarat. He also working on an idea of how social-emotional learning helps a child in all areas of their development. Before this, he worked as a teacher for 3 years and did a Pg Diploma course on Holistic education. He wishes to set up a community learning space in rural area focusing on children's natural ability to learn.

Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

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