01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
Jharkhand was created on 15th November 2000. This state is very rich in natural resources like forests, minor forest produces, minerals etc but people of the state, mainly tribal people, are still hand to mouth. Last eleven years of separation of Jharkhand is yet to yield desired results for the poor. The number of tribal communities who live in Jharkhand is 32 whose total population is 7087068 (26.3%) out of total population 26945829 (Ref: Census 2001). 94% of tribal population are living in the rural areas and only 6% of them are living in the urban areas of Jharkhand (Ref-1991 census). The total population of scheduled caste in the state is 3189320 (11.8% of total population).
It was just like any other day in Kutam village but something was different today…... People were moving towards school….Rajni can sense it. Kutam is a small village in Jaria panchayat of Torpa block. The distance of Kutam from block headquarter Torpa is around 15 kms. It is located on the road connecting Torpa block with Murhu. Kutam has a middle school having 5 teachers … two male and 3 female.
Rajni, a field staff from LEADS has been working for the past couple of years in schools of Jaria panchayat for ensuring the Right to Education to the children’s. Her work needs regular interaction with villagers, Gram Shiksha samiti, SMC members, children’s, their parents and school teachers. When she started her work in Kutam village she found out that although the SMC is in place but the members of SMC were inactive. The Gram Sabha also does not take any interest in education related issues. After a long and continuous effort of sensitizing community people and members of SMCs, she had a feeling that someday this scenario will definitely change. She did regular contacts with village people and visited the school. Gradually the community started taking interest in school activities but still the scene was that some of the teachers were coming to school late and were not adhering to any time table…sometimes coming at 11.30 and sometimes after that. The closing time of school was also not maintained. Although the head mistress of the school was trying to motivate the late comer teachers to come on time but all her efforts were ending in vain. Parents and the SMC members started realizing that if this continues for long it will hamper the education of their children’s. They decided to put this issue in Gram Sabha meeting. In the next Gram Sabha meeting this issue was discussed and as a strategy the Gram Sabha decided to conduct their next weekly meeting in school premises.
It was the day of Tuesday when the community members gathered in school campus. They observed that only the head mistress and one para teacher reached the school on time. They continued their meeting and waited for other teacher’s arrival. After a long wait a teacher reached the school and then one of the Gram sabha members asked “Sir, I do not have a watch….can u please tell me what is the time now”. “It is 11.30” - answered the teacher. The member said- “Sir, the school opening time is 9.30 and you are coming on 11.20, don’t you think you have wasted 2 valuable hours of our child’s education. Please do come on time so that the children’s can be benefitted from your knowledge”. The teacher has no words to say. He slowly moved towards the classroom. Similarly the other two teachers were also dealt with the same. They realized that the now villagers will not tolerate their late coming anymore. The Gram Sabha informed the teachers that they will conduct 2 of their 4 weekly meetings in school campus from now onwards just to ensure all is going well in the school.
Now the teachers are coming on time and giving more time to the children’s. Rajni is now happy….after all the community is coming forward to resolve their issues.