Samarth Foundation

Project Theme

Education

Target Group

Others

Project Period

01 Apr 2015 - 01 Mar 2016

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Introduction

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 was passed by Parliament on 1st April 2010. However the state government notified its state rules late, delaying implementation. This year second and final deadline of RTE implementation of RTE Act has completed and government failed to achieve set target in five years of committed deadline. Only 6.4% of schools in the state are RTE compliant. Delayed formation of state commission for projection of child rights (SCPCR), huge vacancy of teachers, defunct formation of first phase of school management committees are major factor towards poor implementation. 

Now SCPCR has formed in the state which needs to be activated by engaging representatives on RTE issues. In the Bundelkhand region children are being discriminated in the society and school as well. Seasonal migration of children along with their parents is another area of concern which needs attention of government to retain them into school. 

 

About the Project: 

Project aims to strengthen capacity of school management committee (SMC), panchayati raj institution (PRI) members, parents, children and civil society organizations on RTE. SMCs will be supported to track RTE implementation on regular basis on RTE indicators. Child collective formed in the project area will be oriented on child rights and with teacher support will be made to make school environment inclusive and child friendly. A child tracking system will be developed with the help of teachers and children to track migrant children and counselling will be done with parents to send their children into school. A model of pupil-parent-teacher relation for building child friendly environment will be developed. This will enable children in tracking out of school children, bringing them in school and supporting them in attaining age appropriate learning from peer and teacher support. 

To resolve issues related to school a mechanism of strong village level grievance redressal system will be developed in the project. Project will also focus on the development of decentralized education plan in the form of school development plan (SDP), concurrent monitoring of resource utilization as per the plan and received grant and appropriate action from parents in case of any malfunction. The developed plan will be shared with education department and development of decentralized plan will be facilitated in entire district. 

Civil society organizations of Bundelkhand region will be capacitated and sensitized on the issue of Grievance redressal under RTE. They will be supported to raise school level issues at district and state level. By engaging other civil society organizations, education department and district administration public hearing will be organized to highlight and address issue of field. 

 

Results to be Achieved / Impact: 

Project outcomes are:

•Migrant children will be tracked in the neighbourhood area of 30 schools

•Increase in enrolment, attendance and retention of children in 30 schools of the project area.

•RTE implementation will be tracked in 30 schools of project area. 

•Decentralized education plan will be developed in 30 schools and shared at district level.

 

Outcomes: 

Project has so far achieved following things:

•30 school development plan has been developed in the project area. 

•30 SMCs of project area were made functional and are tracking implementation of RTE Act in the school. 

•Civil society organizations of seven Bundelkhand region have been strengthened in to collective forum ‘Bundelkhand Shiksha Ka Adhikar Forum’ to raise collective voice on RTE implementation. 

•In the education campaign 7 MLAs and 4 MPs were sensitized on RTE and memorandum of demand on RTE implementation was submitted to them. 

•30 child collectives have been formed in the project area. These collectives are being involved in child led advocacy around RTE. 

 

Quotes of Beneficiaries: 

“Like Khusbu we will track all children on regular basis and bring them into school. Education is important for growth of our village and community.”

Case Studies/Human stories: 

Tracking out of school children is a challenging task for entire education system in which huge amount of resources are being spent every year but this task has been made easy by a 11 years schedule caste girl Jyoti, head of child collective of primary school Bada Leva. Jyoti is an active member of child collective and organizes regular meeting of their collective. In the monthly meeting child collective discusses about out of school children, status of RTE implementation, school situation, school environment etc. 

In the meeting Jyoti and here collective has shown deep concern on the decreasing attendance of children in the school. She asked her teacher for the list of children enrolled in the school and discussed among themselves about drop-out children. Under the leadership of Jyoti, collective went to the village with the list of out of school children and had interaction with their parents on the reasons of not sending their children in the school and counsel them to send them back to school. With them effort collective has been able to bring 11 out of school children in to school including her friend Khusbu and Tinku. 

In the regular meeting of child collective Jyoti discuss about plantation done by the group in the school, distribution of mid day meal, function of hand pump, behaviour of teacher etc. When they identify any difficult issue they refer those to school management committees to handle complex issue. The issue raised by children are being discussed by parents during their monthly meeting and taken to higher level to resolve that. This shows a good example of pupil-teacher-teacher equation for improving school environment.