Mobile School for Rural Children

By Amit Kumar

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of $ 769

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in 512 days

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Story


The mobile school or Chalta Firta Gyan Kendra 


was initiated to reach out to children who were out of school or had dropped out. The youth animator visited their houses motivated children and parent\\'s on the importance of education. The children are provided education in an interactive and meaningful way.


This is a multistep process in which we facilitate the door-step learning and then further enrollment into the school.


The 1st step includes the assembly at the common place in the village and learning the basics by the tutors and the volunteer. The 2nd step includes the enrollment of children to the nearby govt. school.

In the final step the enrolled students are monitored for their performance and those who backed out are reached for the re-counseling session.




Location:  East and West  Champaran

Blocks: Nawada-Govindganj of  Areraj, Pachrukhiya Ramnagar


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The overall objective of this project is to improve the educational status of marginalized children in Govindganj, East Champaran. The specific objectives of the project are to initiate the community to advocate for support and education of poor children, to increase the enrollment of students in the school, to increase the access of children to education, to change the life condition of poor children through education. Major activities to be carried out are survey of out of school and drop out children, conducting community meeting, conducting student meeting, and advocacy with schools.  The direct beneficiaries of this project are 270 poor children. The expected outputs are 270 children supported in education

 

Background and Justification

Ensuring that all children receive primary education continues to be challenging for India. Even more so in less developed State like Bihar where the educational development is far from satisfactory.  The recent findings by the UNICEF show that there are 23.19 lakh out of school children aged between six and 14 years in the state. Of them 51.4 percent were boys and 48.6 per cent girls. Secondly even enrolment does not guarantee retention in school.  Selected Educational Statistics (SES) 2006-07 has reported high incidence of dropout at primary (51.63%) and elementary (76.71%). The UNICEF report further states that the number of out of school children were highest in Madhubani (1.17 lakh), followed by East Champaran (1.15 lakh), West Champaran (1.12 lakh) and Siwan (1.04 lakh) all located on Indo-Nepal border. It was further learnt that out of 533 blocks in the State while 30 have more than 10,000 children deprived of school education, 29 blocks have 8,000 to 10,000 such children. In addition to socio-economic factors keeping children out of school another problem in the state is lack of schools. Although there are enormous child populations that are in need of more schools, there are no enough schools. Even the existing schools have lack of capacity (lack of classroom) to host the students as well as physical distance to the school. The schools have also no furniture, libraries, laboratories and pedagogic centers. Absence of qualified teachers and high dropout rate are commonly existent in the zone. These all have been impediments to education sector performance.

Reversing the above situation is of paramount importance in ensuring children their rights. The lack of education in East Champaran has also contributed to a great extent trafficking of children including young girls as well as high rate of early marriages which contribute to the cycle of intergenerational poverty and slow down the progress of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).






Proposed area of Intervention

 

Govindganj is located 30-37 km from Motihari town. It is on the bank of holy river Saryu/Narayani well known as Gandak. This area has highly populated, consist of about 150000 people. It is one of the most backward areas of India. This area has remained untouched by any development and change in last 60 years and the reflection of the same is the startling number of out of school children.  In the proposed area of intervention Govindgunj the accurate data is not available but large numbers of children are out of school or drop out due to low quality of education, social discrimination in the school and household responsibility. Many don't have birth certificates and other official documents required to enroll in school. Social and cultural issues often keep young girls away. They are required and expected to help their families with housework and to earn a living. Simply enrolling children in school, however, does not ensure they will receive even primary education–nearly half drop out before completing the first five years. The situation calls for an approach to education where learning is interactive, interesting and fun in addition generating awareness amongst parents and community regarding importance of education is also vital. This project will be implemented by Garib Seva Shram based in Motihari, Bihar the main objective of the organization is improving the standard of living of people in Govindganj through education and creation of livelihood opportunities.  In the first phase the project will cover Harijan Tola (Hamlet), Choubey Tola, pasi tola Mauje Nawada, Dushad Tola, Dhobiya Tola, Teen Gachhiya, Mananpur, Dherwa tola, Jeetwarpur in Nawada Panchayat, Govindganj block.




Specific Objectives

To reach out to children in their own areas through mobile school

To increase their enrolment and reduce dropout in school

To initiate the community to advocate for poor children’s access to education

To recognize the rights of the child to education and with a view to achieving this right progressively, in particular making primary education compulsory and available to the target group.

To encourage regular attendance in school and the reduction of dropout rates.

To mainstream the children of the dalit and mahadalit (dalit amongst dalit) communities through providing primary education.


 

Activities:

Survey of out of school and drop out children

Development of creative and interactive learning methodology to teach children

Empowering parents and communities making them understand the value of education

Developing linkages with government school for ensuring retention of children as well as quality improvement.

Survey of out of school children: In order to identify children to be reached out a survey of out of school children will be conducted at the beginning of the project the objective of the survey will be to locate marginalized children.

Development of creative and interactive learning methodology: This will have two aspects one is mobile school equipped with interactive and create educational material. It will go to multiple centers, and will reach out to children in their vicinity generally catering to some thirty children. Teachers will undergo intensive training on creative tools of learning and teaching in addition teachers will also be given training on child rights and child protection issues. Timetables will be set in participation with children and the learning hours will be planned according to children’s suitability and need. The

Community empowerment: Changing perceptions towards education viewing education as a long term investment it will also have indirect benefits in terms of raising the age of marriage child marriage rate in Champaran stands at 80% and figures related to trafficking are also alarming. Education will help curb these violations of children’s rights to development and protection. Regular meetings will be held with parents to create awareness on the importance of education, in addition also emphasising on their rights in the functioning of Government schools in their area as per Right to Education (RTE).

 

School Support Program: The project will also ensure children’s retention in the school. In order to curb dropout rate advocacy with schools will be done on ensuring quality of education as well as implementation of Right to Education (RTE) will be focussed.

Short term outputs

270 poor children supported in education

90% these of children will be  in formal school

4 number of community animators  to support children

Improvement in quality of education

Increased awareness on RTE

The awareness of the community to support poor children’s education increased.

                                                                                          




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