Aim towards a drug-free Sikkim
SAATHI – Sikkim against Addiction towards Healthy India.
Who We Are?
SAATHI is a school based Peer Education Model to prevent drug use disorders. The project was launched on the 26th of May, 2013. SAATHI was initially piloted in two government schools in Sikkim: Deorali Girl’s Senior Secondary and Tadong Senior Secondary School, to measure the effectiveness of the program. With the support from TITAN Company Ltd. SAATHI program was up scaled to 30 schools in the year 2016-2017, and covered 100 schools by 2019. Now, we are in SAATHI 2.0.
SAATHI was conceived on the premise that “There are no teachers, there are only learners” and therefore the system of ‘Peer Education’ was introduced. The aim of the project is to curb the issue of substance abuse and to aware students, parents, and school administration about the health and socio-economic implications of it. SAATHI empowers and enables the youth of Sikkim, through quality holistic education, to realize their full potential and understand their roles and responsibilities in making meaningful contribution to the development of a prosperous and happy Sikkim.
SAATHI was registered as an NGO in the year 2016 and stretches to the period of three years from 2016-19. At the end of three years, its main goal is to embed its methods in the school curriculum and make itself a self-sustained model. The essential idea revolves around the fact that peer educators and learners share common experiences and have ease of communication.
The Peer Educators function as a facilitator and as someone who makes learning easier by working on problems with the learner, by demonstrating how he/she goes about challenging a situation or abnegating an offer. An educator can often be more effective by his or her actions than by simply advising the learner.
SAATHI aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. SAATHI works in association with Social Justice & Welfare Department, Education Department and Health & Family Welfare Department as our project partners and Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-tourism (IHCAE) as our implementation partner. SAATHI is and will be funded by the Department of Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare and Titan Co. Ltd for the period of three years.
SAATHI was conceptualized on the premise that ‘There are no Teachers, there are only Learners’ and hence the system of “Peer Education” was introduced. The idea behind it being, the peer educators and learners share some degree of common experience. Therefore, people belonging to the same peer group irrespective of their class, age, gender or any other social construct can communicate best and understand each other better. The peer educator functions as a facilitator, someone who makes learning easier and hence can reach the project goals more effectively as possible.
The project deliverables are:
- Decrease in dropout rate amongst the students attributed to drugs;
- Decrease in the number of students consuming substance;
- Increase in the number of the students who wish to be peer educators;
- The decrease in the number of drug related incidents in schools
— Our Mission
SAATHI’s mission is to remove substance abuse in schools of Sikkim through Peer educators and empower students to feel free from the stigma of drug abuse.
— Our Vision
- To co-create a societal eco-system to eliminate substance abuse in schools and ensure the mental well-being of our citizens of all ages, in a sustainable manner through counselling and learning.
- To integrate SDGs into the program so that we achieve the purpose.
- SDG 3 – Good health and well–being – Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being of all at all ages.
- Target 3.5 – Strengthen prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.
Dr. Satyadeep Singh Chhetri
Rajendra Prasad Gurung
Topzer Dorjee Bhutia
Ms. Dikila Bhutia,
Ms. Puja Chettri
Ms. Himanjali Pradhan
Assistant Program Manager
Ms. Sumitra Chettri
Assistant Program Manager
Ms. Manita Rai
Mr. Milan Chettri
Mr. Subash Rai