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RENU Foundation’s education programme aims to help girls complete primary education and access formal schools, provides onsite academic support to enhance the quality of teaching, and nurtures leadership skills among girls. RENU Foundation provides technical support to teachers and government departments, helps nurture school-community relationships, and offers alternative education opportunities for women and girls from marginalized sections of the society.
Project Proposal for GIRL EDUCATION
Girl Education Programme for Out-of-School Children
Girl Education Programme
Out-of-School Girl Child
A sizeable number of out-of-school children are in the habitations where schooling facility is available but these children either did not join the school or dropped out before completing their schooling. These children may not fit into the rigid formal system. To bring such children back to school; back to school camp and Bridge Courses strategies have been implemented by the Government but without much success. There is urgent need to open GIRL EDUCATION Centres for integrating the health, nutrition and education rights of the children in need.
RENU Foundation) proposes to open 20 such GIRL EDUCATION Centres in Slums and resettlement colonies of Delhi and NCR. Delhi is an important industrial town in which is developing quite rapidly. A lot of construction activities are going on. This is resulting in increase of urban slum areas as well as migrating labors and minorities. The children of such population are usually deprived of any educational facility, proper sanitation and usually malnourished.
RENU Foundation) has earlier run Some NFE (Non formal Education) and REC (Remedial Education Centers) centers in Delhi and Faridabad with the support of valuable donors. However, under these centers only education facilities were being provided and it was not an integrated approach. RENU Foundation) understood the different needs of such children. There is need for private efforts and RENU Foundation) has accepted the challenge.
ABOUT GIRL EDUCATION
Girl Education Programme for specific categories of very deprived children e.g., child labour, street children, migrating children, working children, children living in difficult circumstances and older children in the7+ age group especially adolescent girls will address the needs of such children for education, sanitation & health, and nutrition.
Bridge education will be an important component of GIRL EDUCATION to bring out-of school children in the fold of Elementary Education. The scheme envisages that child-wise planning is undertaken for each out-of-school children.
However, only formal education is not sufficient to address the needs of these children. These children are to be provided facility for sanitation, hygiene training and good living practices.
Another important component of integrated education and development of the child is health. The regular health check up of each and every child is required to be conducted so as to prepare health profile of each child. Vaccination etc. has to be followed with the parents of these children.
Malnutrition is another area of concern for such children. It is recommended that each such child will be provided with supplementary nutrition at the GIRL EDUCATION Centre.
The bridge education will be available to all the children in need, within the radius of one and half km, of 6-14 years age group who are not going to school.
Components of GIRL EDUCATION:
- Providing Bridge Education to out-of-school children to mainstream them into formal education system
- Providing remedial coaching to weak students after mainstreaming
- Providing knowledge about personal hygiene and health
- Providing heath check and follow-up
- Providing supplementary nutrition
- Training of parents on education, sanitation, health and nutrition of children
Providing Bridge Education to out-of-school children to mainstream them into formal education system
A child is considered to be out of school if he or she was of primary school age (usually between the ages of 6 and 11 years) and not currently enrolled in primary school.
A recent survey of primary schools and pupils across India showed the average absentee rate to be 30% on the days that schools were visited. Moreover, pervasive poor quality schooling means that even regular attendance does not guarantee that children master basic literacy and numeracy skills.
In terms of educational experience, out-of-school children can be divided into three groups: those who were previously enrolled in primary school but dropped out; those who have not yet enrolled but are likely to do so later; and those who will probably never enroll.
The background characteristics of children out of school are as under:
Mother’s education: On average, a child whose mother has no education is twice as likely to
be out of school than a child whose mother has some education.
Gender: On average, 136 girls were not in school for every 100 boys in India.
Place of residence: 16% of such children are from urban areas.
Household wealth: Children from the poorest households are three times as likely to be out of school than children from the wealthiest. The ratio is the same for boys and girls.
There is great diversity among ‘out of school’ children. These could range from children living in remote school-less habitations, working children, street children, deprived children in urban slums, girls belonging to minority community, girls involved in domestic chores, sibling care, children of migrating families etc. in the programme area. According to the needs of out-of-school children in the programme area and experience drawn from our previous work, the following 3 groups need to be focused in a result oriented manner:
- Slum areas and unauthorized colonies
- Bastis – Rag pickers, children of construction workers, beggars, bazigars in urban/semi-urban areas, child labors
- Migrating families
- Children of Low-income family.
- Children in the age group of 6-14 years
- A house to house survey will be conducted to identify children from target group.
- Total beneficiary: 1000 children
LOCATION OF CENTRES:
- Total Centres: 1 (Fifty children at Centre) as a Piolet Project
- Easily accessible and suitable space with 2/3 rooms and verandah and toilet(s)
Three hours a day
6 days a week (Mon-Sat) – will follow local school holidays.
Each Centre will have 2 groups depending upon age and educational background:
First group: Class 1 & 2
Second Group: Class 3,4 & 5
- A house to house survey will be conducted to identify the out-of-school children among the target group. The parents of the child will be persuaded to send children to our Centre.
- A child will be motivated to attend the GIRL EDUCATION Centre. A personal care of child will be undertaken.
- If a child remains absent from GIRL EDUCATION Centre for more than 2 days, the teacher or counselor will visit his/her home to find out the reason.
- Free books, copies, (if possible uniforms), shoes will be provided.
- Supplementary nutritious food will be provided by the Centre.
- A teacher will handle a group of approx 25 students only. There will be 2 such groups. Therefore at each Centre, there will be two teachers.
- These teachers will be volunteers who will be paid honorarium.
- Each child will receive training from the teacher depending upon his/her educational needs.
- Contacts will be made with the nearest Government schools/ private schools to give admission to such children after completion of training.
- In addition to formal education, children will be encouraged to participate in other co-curricular activities (games, cultural programme, outings. Sports, celebration of festivals etc.) organized by the GIRL EDUCATION Centre.
- There will be provision for classes on ‘moral education’.
- A monthly evaluation will be done by the teacher / programme officer on regular basis.
- A separate file on child’s progress will be maintained which will be reviewed regularly to find out the potentials as well as remedial actions.
- A psychologist/counselor will visit each Centre at least once a month.
- The GIRL EDUCATION Centre will follow up with the school where the child is admitted at least for one year to avoid further drop-out.
- Each child will be treated as individual and personal attention will be paid to each child. Teachers will be trained to treat each child with sympathy and love.
Providing remedial coaching to weak students after mainstreaming
It has been observed that once a child is admitted in a school after training, he/she may not be able to cope with the school pressure or not able to understand some subjects. This results in further drop-out leading to failure of the efforts.
To help these children, an after-school coaching facility will be provided by GIRL EDUCATION teachers wherein such children will be helped out in solving their problems and home work. There may be nominal fee for providing such coaching to these students. This will help them in continuing their studies even after leaving the GIRL EDUCATION Centre.
From time to time, other activities like picnic, outings, games, celebration of festivals etc, will also be organized so that these children remain engaged in the GIRL EDUCATION activities.
2 hours a day, 6 days a week.
At least for one year after leaving GIRL EDUCATION Centre.
Children will be divided in groups according to their class.
In addition to normal study, they will be given training on Personality Development from time to time.
Providing knowledge about personal hygiene and health
It has been observed that most of these children lack knowledge about personal hygiene and health. This further results in their disorientation, and absenteeism.
The training on personal hygiene and sanitation helps children to consider improving their lifestyle to reduce disease and infection. Promoting effective and low-cost sanitation, encouraging good hygiene and improving access to clean water supplies helps children to live healthier lives. Young children and babies are particularly at risk of infection and disease from poor sanitation, poor hygiene practices and dirty water. The training helps children to reflect on the particular challenges in their own living situations that make access to effective sanitation and safe water supplies difficult.
Each topic in this training is designed to encourage small group discussion in a relaxed and open manner. The guide aims to build children’s understanding of the basic facts about good hygiene.
Starting with small instructions like brushing the teeth, combing, daily bathing, nail cutting etc. children will be trained on bigger issues like save water, clean clothes etc.
This training will help building their self-esteem.
Providing heath check and follow-up
Poverty is at the root of many of the nutritional and associated health problems, but the children who will be born over the coming decades cannot afford to wait for a new economic order to provide the solution. Through the promotion of health checkup and follow up, necessary help can be targeted at this vulnerable population.
A medical checkup of each and every child will be done within 15 days of admission. This will include preparing their health card, identifying existing diseases including HIV, vaccination chart etc.
The GIRL EDUCATION Centre will coordinate with hospital for any existing disease. A copy of health card will be given to the parents of the child. The teacher will follow up the vaccination chart.
Providing supplementary nutrition
In India, severe protein energy malnutrition is one of the important factors associated with high infant and child mortality rate. The calorie intake of severely malnourished children was found to be low and insufficient in all the three age groups in various studies. Hence, direct intervention in the form of supplementary nutrition is necessary to be provided to malnourished children for improving their nutritional status.
Under GIRL EDUCATION, in addition to formal education, a healthy nutritious food will be provided to all the children. In case of anemic girls, additional supplement will be provided. Where doctor has advised, we shall provide further nutrition.
We shall have provide child-friendly menu that keep changing. Sometimes, pre-cooked food like dalia, halwa, sometimes fruits, sometimes parathas etc. will be provided. It will be ensured that children eat the food provided in the class.
Training of parents on education, sanitation, health and nutrition of children
Parents play a pivotal role in child education. Regular meeting with parents is therefore necessary for continuation of education of the children.
RENU Foundation) will maintain close interaction with the parents of the children on regular basis. A monthly meeting will be organized with the parents. Also, the teacher will visit their homes on regular intervals and discuss the issues related to education, sanitation, health and nutrition.
- Project Manager: The project will be managed by the CEO of the RENU Foundation.
- Project Officer: There will be a separate Project Officer who will manage the entire project, provide day to day directions, liaison with the different authorities and the funding agencies, prepare MIS and coordinate with the Project Manager. The minimum qualification will be Post Graduate.
- Teachers Volunteers: Min.: 10+2. Formal Training in teaching will be preferred. He/She will be responsible for educating the children, taking remedial classes and coordination with parents, doctors, visitors etc. All the teachers will report to Project Officer.
- Accountant: B.Com. Will be responsible for maintaining accounts of all the projects, petty purchases, day-to-day administrative work, record keeping etc. He will report to Project Officer.
- Maid/Aya: will be responsible for upkeep of the GIRL EDUCATION Centre and serving nutritious food to children.
Duration of the project
Project Monitoring & Evaluation
- Every month a review of individual GIRL EDUCATION Centre will be held with the Project Officer, Teachers etc. in the first week of the month. A child wise progress report will be updated.
- Every month a project review meeting will be held with the Project Manager to be attended by all the teachers, Project Officer and the Accountant. The progress of overall scheme, objectives will be discussed and documented. A comprehensive monthly report will be prepared by the Project Officer.
- The teachers will be responsible to update child’s progress file every month.
- At the end of 3 months, all the children’s file will be reviewed by Project Officer/ Manager.
- Monthly Income & Expenditure will be prepared and compared with the budget.
- At the end of the quarter, a quarterly progress report will be submitted to the funding agency.
- At the end of the year, an income-expenditure report will be prepared for the GIRL EDUCATION as a whole and will be audited by a Chartered Accountant. A copy of the audit report will be submitted to the funding agency.
- At each Centre, a 5-member monitoring committee will be formed consisting of 2 teachers, one project officer and 2 parents. This committee will meet from time to time to review the progress of the Centre. Proper minutes of these meetings will be maintained.
- At the end of the year, at least 70% of the children enrolled should be admitted in government or other schools.
Cost of an GIRL EDUCATION
Cost per Unit
|Daris / Carpet|
|Toys and games and charts|
|First aid kit|
|Steel Plates+ spoons|
Considering the life of material is 3 years so, in 3 years 50 x 3 = 150 children in education and 50 x 2 = 100 children in remedial education therefore cost per child per Annum = Rs. 412.00
Cost per Unit
|Honorarium for 2 volunteer teachers @7000|
|Honorarium for 1 Maid/Aaya @ 4000|
|School bag + books etc.|
|Teaching & Learning Material @ 450 PM|
|Project Officer's Share cost|
|Accountant's Share Cost|
|Water/ electricity etc|
|Stationary & Consumables|
|Rent of Center|
|Health Checkup + Hygiene|
|supplementary Nutrition 25 days * 7 Rs. *50 = 8750 PM|
|TOTAL Annual Recurring COST:|
Cost per child per month = Rs. 2148.00
Total cost for One GIRL EDUCATION center (For a Year) = Rs. 640000.00
Total cost for one Girl Child for a Year = Rs 2560 Only.