JOSH

Project Theme

Education

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 30 Mar 2016

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Introduction

JOSH has been working by involving urban poor youth in the resettlement colonies and slums of Trilokpuri and Kalyanpuri in East Delhi. JOSH run a Youth Resource Center, were youth of the area are taught basic English. Apart from providing non formal education, these students are trained and capacity build on different legislations like RTI Act, Right to Education Act and other rights based issues. The Community Resource Centre of JOSH engages with community members to become active participants in the school governance through school watch process and building capacity for involving creatively in School Management Committee 

The main aim of this project is to be able to reach out to under privileged and deprived community in slums and two resettlement colonies in Delhi by empowering the youth and adolescents and the larger community to improve delivery of services, mainly focusing on improving the delivery of quality of primary education and to work towards effective implementation of the provisions of Right to Education Act.  

JOSH is engaged in building peoples capacities and engages the community in School Inspection every month.  The inspection process checks school records, infrastructure and creates a dialogical space between parents and Principal.  This has resulted in better infrastructure maintenance and community demanding text books and other entitlements on time.  Apart from School Inspection, Josh demands accountability from the state through enaging community to take their grievances through the Grievance Redress Mechanism and advocates for a time bound action on complaints 

The project aims to build capacities of the SMC members in particular and community in general, to collectivize and negotiate for proper implementation of the Right to education Act.  

 

About the Project:

Specific problems and issues exist (bulleted points) - Scenario if we do not intervene and work in the specific area (bulleted points): For eg. Illiteracy, girls not receiving education etc.

•Schools lack accountability and transparency and participation of community in governance.

•SMC are not networked or federated to create a collective voice for school improvement.  

•Lack of an adequate, time bound Grievance Redress Mechanism in the state and country

 

Specific Objectives

1.To initiate and strengthen Community led Monitoring 

2.To contribute to build and strengthen an effective GR mechanism for RTE Act

 

Impact of running this project

•Formation of School report card for 16 schools and advocacy with district level on implementation of RTE Norms and standards based on non compliance.  

•Collectivization of SMCs of 16 schools for effective advocacy.

•Formation of a draft for effective GR Mechanism. 

•Training of community leaders on GR 

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Outcomes/Achievements so far

•Proper formation of SMCs in the Intervention schools of Trilokpuri

•Training of 40 SMC members from 16 schools and initiated a process of collectivization 

•68 community level meetings to discuss issues of school education and awareness of various issues including Grievance Redress Mechanism, admission under section 12 C, RTE entitlements etc

•Trained 25 parents who were part of 6 school inspection in Trilokpuri

•JOSH along with the community met  Education director after school text book did not arrive till October in Schools which resulted in distribution of text books

•Local campaign with 10 camps and 2 rallies held on grievance redress which resulted in 300 complaints being filed. 

•Campaign on School sanitation where school girls complained to Prime Minister on lack of sanitation in schools.  The complaint resulted in DDE taking action and proper maintenance of school toilets. 

•78 admissions were facilitated in government schools

•81 applications filed under section 12 C in private schools. 

 

Case studies/human stories

Munni Got Back To School

Munni  lives in block 6, Trilok Puri. She is a bright student in the village.  Munnis father worked as an auto driver and had migrated to the city a couple of years ago.  Since Munni was good at studies, her father wanted to bring her to Delhi to getter better education. Munni was also excited that she would get to study with better infrastructure and best teachers from Delhi.  

Munni after coming to Delhi went to the school nearby. She had passed class VII from her home town in Bihar.  Munni approached the Principal of the school in Kalyanpuri but was denied admission as she did not have a transfer certificated and report card from her Bihar School.  

Munni was completely disillusioned as her hopes gradually begin to dissipate.  Some of her neighbors and community members know about Josh as their field worker had come to their community discussing about the provisions of Education Act.  Munni never heard about the Right to Education Act 2009 though she knew that education has become a right and denial of education is not acceptable.  

Munni went to the office of Josh and discussed her issue with the community workers and coordinators who explained to her the provisions of the act promised education as a right to every child.  RTE Act clearly talks about non denial of education and age appropriate admission in the school.  Schools have to become spaces for inclusion and not exclusion.  

Munni filed an online Grievance Petition n 15th July as she was told about the provision of the same if her rights get violated.  After the petition was filed the principal called Pinki and gave her admission in class VIII on 13th August 2015.  Clearly the Redress system has worked and Munni  is back in school.