Association for Promotion of creative Learning (APCL)

Project Theme

Education

Target Group

Children

Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

In 2009, the Government of India passed the historic Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009. It prescribes for free and compulsory education of reasonable quality, based on principles of equity and non-discrimination to all children upto elementary education (8 years) in the age group of 6-14 years. This right is related to free and compulsory admission, attendance and completion of elementary education. Bihar has done good work so far as access to schools is concerned. However, the critical issue of drop out especially of excluded communities and girls needs to be addressed.

Impact by partner
  • The campaign of ‘School Chalo Bahina’ (SCB) was intended to capitalize the peer pressure to mobilize out of school children back to school. It has proved to be a great success. So far 52 volunteers have been identified from the community. Till date they got success in sending 114 students to continuing their studies in school. They also support their peers in learning, if the student is not performing or facing any difficulty. 
  • During the visit of ‘Adhikaar Ki Ghanti’ 48 complains have been collected from the community. The complaints are forwarded to concern department for further action. In this period total 745 people have spoken on mike in which 432 are male and 313 female. One of the successes of the project is, 50 per cent of the people are speaking about the education and RTE during the Adhikaar Ki Ghanti visit.
  • During the year the making of local language dictionary by SCERT is a winning point of project. 
  • The notification for formation of new School Education Committee is a major step by government. 
  • State Resource Centre (SRC) was established in the first year of project implementation. It has helped in supporting the ongoing movement on Right to Education. The resource centre provides technical and academic support. To support low scoring children by removing their learning difficulty, APCL have developed two teaching learning materials one on language learning material and another on mathematics. They have been advocating and promoting use of the local language in teaching learning process. This year SCERT has published a local language dictionary. It is a major achievement and landmark for the education of the underprivileged communities. 
  • 5 schools out of 16 are upgraded as per Rastriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan norms. APCL team have frequently met with teacher, principals and PRI and provided information about Rashtriya Madhymik Shikasha Abhiyan norms.

Case Study

Enrolled 22 drop out and un- enrolled girls in school and support them in learning

Radika is a 15 year young energetic girl of Jamsaut Panchayat. When she came to know about School Chalo Bahina, she happily accepted to become one of the volunteer. She had attainted the capacity building meetings organised by APCL. In the meeting she was too excited and participated with full confidence.

She is very sensitive on the issue of girl’s education. She says “illiterate girls have to face lots of problems”. She is too committed for education of her peer girls and other girls of her locality. With her group she visits the house of the girl who doesn’t go to school. She tries to identify the reason of not going to school by talking to the drop out girl. After that she asks do you want to study? If reply is yes her group goes to her parent talk about the education and the importance of education especially for a girl child. She also tells that government gives support to the girl students. They provide dress, scholarship, books, copies and others to students for study. She also mentions that, toilet for girl is also available in the school. With these points she tries to motivate the parents.

Though she has failed several times to motivate parents and girls she has motivated 22 girls. Her commitment for girl’s education has changed the life of 22 girls. She also supports, when they face problem in studying. She also teaches them and guide as a mentor.

She is extremely against of child marriage. She motivates the women of her locality to not to marry their girl child in early age. She also tells that it is an illegal and law can punish them. She says “parents do not think that girls can also achieve the same thing which a boy can achieve”.