Sikshasandhan

Project Theme

Education

Target Group

Children

Project Period

01 Jul 2015 - 30 Jun 2016

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Introduction

Around 75% of the population of Mayurbhanj live below the poverty line and for nine months of the year depend on agriculture and forest resources for their livelihood. For the remaining three months they migrate in search of wage labour. Nota Gram is a self-governing community of 30 villages served by 11 primary schools. Sikshasandhan in partnership with Oxfam India is implementing a project to improve access to education of tribal children. The project is building a model of mother tongue based multi lingual education in these schools which has been accepted by the district and state authorities. 

About the Project: 

This is the second phase of the project. It quality  will focus on improving access to education for marginalised children in Mayurbanj district, Nota Gram Panchayat, Odihsa. Sikshasandhan will work in close collaboration with the local government to accomplish this overarching goal.  The specific objectives of the project are to ensure access to a quality basic education for tribal children (especially girls) and to campaign for effective implementation of the RTE Act, 2009. The programme strategy will have a three-pronged approach aimed towards enabling the community to create demand for girl child education, influencing the functioning of Government schools to make special efforts to enroll & retain tribal girl children and advocating & campaigning to ensure local government effectively implement the RTE Act. Further, by helping School Management Committees (SMCs) to become effective instruments of governance and social audit, each local community will be able to influence and monitor implementation of the Act in their school. Finally, by engaging the support of and working with the local government to effectively implement the RTE Act, the programme strategy will ensure all stakeholders are accountable for their part in educating ST and SC children, exercising their fundamental right to a free, high quality education. 

Results to be Achieved: 

  • Improvement in quality education – learning outcome through the promotion of mother tongue based multi lingual education. 
  • Conduct training of teachers – both for the language teachers as well as government teachers.
  • Roll out Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation process in the project schools
  • Build capacities of the anganwadi workers on pre primary education
  • Engagement with the government, well known academics and the media on issues relating to RTE through discussion, debates, studies and field investigations.
  • Advocacy on key issues of right to education act in association with the RTE forum at the district as well as state level. 

Prior Achievements:

  • Advocacy efforts resulted at making of a policy on mother tongue based multi lingual education at the state level.
  • 3 teachers cleared the teachers eligibility test because of the training provided to them under the project
  • Facilitated formation of new SMCs and standing committees
  • Awareness building among parents and communities on education. 
  • Confidence building of children through formation of children clubs, creative workshops, children’s festivals, exposure visit and regular interaction to bring children to school.
  • Refresher courses for teachers to bring changes in school environment and teachers’ felicitation programmes to encourage good teachers.
  • Development of Teaching Learning Material (TLM) and supplementary reading materials in tribal languages.