01 Oct 2014 - 31 Mar 2016
01 Oct 2014 - 31 Mar 2016
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: