The Jijivisha Fellowship

Our flagship program, The Jijivisha Fellowship places professional artists directly into classrooms, who help inculcate essential life skills to children from low-income backgrounds through the art forms of poetry, storytelling, theatre, visual arts, and photography.

In a 5 year intervention with a relay model, each artist works with 30 students for a period of 1 year. It gives students 75+ hours of arts-based learning per year. So far, we have brought Jijivisha to 100 artists and 6500 children across India.

Through the Jijivisha Fellowship, we use the arts as a tool for building Creative Confidence in children, a combination of 21st Century Skills and Socio-emotional Skills, including Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Self Esteem and Empathy.

We create platforms for children to showcase their talent and each fellowship cycle ends with local and city-wide Art Melas (fairs). The program enables us to create art-learning resources for vulnerable children that focus on building Socio-Emotional Learning (SEL) and life skills. We scale them through Voice For All.

“My experience of the Jijivisha fellowship over the past few months has been enriching to my growth as a theatre performer and facilitator. I find that the ownership given to each fellow is marvellous in coordination and planning of each session along with mapping the progress made. There has been a lot of support from the organisation but with a great push towards learning how to grasp whatever responsibilities that go into teaching children.”
Heidi, A Jijivisha Theater Fellow