Chale Chalo

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01 Oct 2014 - 31 Mar 2016

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The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE Act) came into force on April 1, 2010. The Act provides the right of children from 6 to 14 years of age to free and compulsory education till completion of elementary education in a neighborhood school. This act puts the responsibility of ensuring enrollment, attendance and completion of education on the government and makes state and local bodies accountable for the implementation. Besides the low level of literacy, tribals are culturally alienated from mainstream government education especially with regards to curriculum and medium of instruction, as they have their own languages, traditions, ways of living, holidays, history etc. This has further lead to low enrolment and high drop-out rates as the local community cannot connect with the present education system. Although elementary education is now a fundamental right of every child in India, the reality for tribal children is that they are deprived of their educational right along with other child rights. In Kuarmunda Block of Sundargarh, the target groups are the tribal and girl children, their parents, communities, elementary schools, and teachers in 32 villages of 7 GPs. Series of need based interventions have been made during last one and half year for increasing the enrolment, attendance, retention, regular functioning of schools with quality class rooms transactions, active involvement of SMC; PRIs; CBOs; NGOs and communities in school management and development, sensitizations of teachers and education officials, improving MDM quality and improving infrastructure and more importantly providing special education to the children who are lagging behind in their study due to various reasons and creating child friendly and joyful learning environment in schools etc.

About the Project: 

The project has two main objectives: 1. To ensure access to quality to primary education for tribal girl children and 2. To ensure effective implementation of RTE provisions in schools. The strategies adopted for achieving the project objectives are 1) Organizing the community and creating demand for tribal girl child education 2) Influencing the functioning of Government schools to make special efforts to enroll and retain tribal girl children 3) Advocacy and campaigning to effectively implement the Right to Education Act, 2009. The expected outcome of the project are: 1. Increased enrollment of children in schools, 2; School Status Analysis and Sharing of the Findings through Baseline Survey, 3; Community took lead role in management of schools, 4; Required Government supports ensured for Schools. The activities of the projects are: Baseline survey, Orientation to SMCs, PRIs and Community Members on RTE Act – 2009, Mass Awareness Campaign. Exposure Visit, Children Festival, Children Clubs’ Meeting, Capacity Building of School Management Committees (SMCs), Home Visits , Remedial Classes, Orientation to Remedial Teachers on Remedial Class Facilitation, Provision of Teaching Learning and Visibility Materials, Community Level meeting, Media Interaction, Coordination meeting with the Block Education officer, BRCC &CRCC, TOT on Right to Education Act – 2009, Attended Gram Sabha and SMC Meetings in Project GPs, Coordination / Networking with all the stakeholders on education issues. The project Location is 32 villages of 7 GPs in Kuarmunda Block of Sundargarh District, Odisha, India. In the coming year, the project will focus more on quality education of the children. 

Results to be Achieved: 

  • Assured 99% enrollment of children in the schools of project villages.
  • Increased attendance of students from the current level of 76% to 90 % and Teachers’ attendance rate to increase up to 85%
  • Focus will be on measuring learning outcomes in terms of progress against baseline on language, arithmetic and general awareness. 
  • At least 70% of children in standard 2nd to 4th can read, write and do arithmetic in appropriate to their class/standard.
  • At least 50 trained teachers are using TLM and delivering quality teaching.  
  • At least 70% attendance of SMC members ensured in all the SMC meetings conducted in the year. 
  • omplete RTE provisions in 30% and partially RTE provisions in 50% schools in project area 
  • •Quality Parameters finalized, baseline on quality education status conducted and learning status tracked 

Prior Achievements: 

  • 214 no students from class I, 257 from class II, 200 from class III, 182 from class IV, 175 from class V, 32 student from VI, 19 student from VII, 16 student from VIII have been accommodated in remedial classes run by the project. 
  • 99% enrollment of children in schools of project villages (before 96%)
  • Attendance of students increased from 48% to 69% (physical) and teachers regular attendance in school increased from 51% to 76% (physical)
  • 35 never enrolled children have been getting age appropriate education in this quarter and few of them are in the process to get mainstreamed into school education.
  • Mass Awareness conducted in 7 GPs on importance of education and RTE and 20 Wall Writings on RTE provisions 
  • Mass Enrollment and Retention Campaign through SMCs, Child Forums, SHGs, youth volunteers and school teachers etc
  • 30 child clubs formed and 12 child clubs are actively  involved in motivating irregular and out of school children for ensuring their presence and continuation of their study in schools