PROGRAMS & PROJECTS

Basic Education Program

DAHAR Cluster  |  Western Orissa Education Watch Cluster  |  Sikshya Chetana Cluster  |  Bastar Ujar Cluster

DAHAR Cluster    
Project Title: Access to primary education for children 6-14 Years and youth of 15-20 Yrs of Marginalized communities in the intervention areas.
Thematic Focus Area Duration: 6 years Budget (in INR)
Education and Local Solution
Education for Marginalized people
Education and work
Phase-I: 2009 – 2011
Phase-II: 2011-2014
68,10,595
Geographical coverage    
State No. of districts No. of villages Gram Panchayats No. of Households
Jharkhand Lohardaga, Latehar and Palamu Districts 139 30 21809

Project Summary:
The focus of the project is to enhance access to child-centred quality and relevant primary education. Also, to equip children aged 6 to 18 years with livelihood skills, to initiate community-based campaigns and enhance capacities of the VEC members, PTA/Mata Samiti members, SHG members, teachers and the community. All this, towards enabling a conducive environment for primary education. The focus is on inclusion of marginalised sections and girls through lobbying and advocacy with the government and community-based organisations. The Dahar project is being implemented in 139 villages of Lohardaga, Latehar and Palamu districts, via a network of seven NGO partners.

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Project Initiatives Outcomes
  1. Enrollment
  2. Retention
  3. SMC Meetings
  4. Child Club/Bal Sansad
  5. Community awareness Education
  1. 100% enrolment of 6-14 years old
  2. Average attendance of children is more than 70%
  3. 90% of enrolled children complete Class 8
  4. 1 primary school in every village
  5. Each school with minimum infrastructure
  6. Teacher student ratio is 1:60
  7. Average teacher attendance is 80%
  8. Formation of SMC in all schools
  9. Bal Sansad in all schools.
  10. Strong networking with the Govt officials and line department
Co-implementation partners
Cluster Lead: Cluster POs:
Lohardaga Gram Swarajya Sansthan (LGSS) Life Education and Development Support (LEADS), Voluntary Education Development & Integrated Cultural Society (VEDIC Society), Arishad(BPYP), Maharshi Menhi Kalian Kendra (MMKK), Mahila Samagra Utthan Samiti, Daltonganj(MSUSD), Society For Participatory Action Research And Knowledge( SPARK)

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Shiksha Se Parivarthan      
Project Title: Access to primary education for children 6-14 Years and youth of 15-20 Yrs of Marginalized communities in the intervention areas.
Thematic Focus Area Duration: 6 years Budget (in INR)
Education and Local Solution
Education for Marginalized people
Education and work
Phase-I: 2008 – 2011
Phase-II: 2011-2014
 
Geographical coverage    
State No. of districts No. of villages Gram Panchayats No. of Households
Jharkhand West Singhbhum, East Singhbhum and Saraikela 200 29 27032

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Project Summary:
Project "Siksha se Parivartan" ( Changes Through Education) 'aims to make education more affordable, qualitative and relevant to children aged 6 to 14 years in marginalised communities. It also seeks to improve the socio-economic condition of the community by providing vocational training to youth aged 15 to 18 years, who have long dropped out of school. The project aims is to make the community self governing, towards achieving basic rights for quality education.

This project is operational in three districts in Jharkhand including West Singhbhum, East Singhbhum and Saraikela. The term Jharkhand Cluster 1 has been nominated for the districts of East Singhbhum, West Singhbhum and Saraikela. In the Jharkhand cluster, one lead NGO SPAR (Society For Participatory Action and Reflection) is working with nine partners including SPAR itself, to intervene through the project in the Manoharpur block of West Singhbhum

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Project Initiatives Outcomes
  1. Strengthening, capacitating and motivating Bal Sansads towards roles and responsibilities on Child Right the RTE Act and others governing rules.
  2. Dissemination of RTE among BRCC, CRCC, CBOs, towards ensuring quality education in schools.
  3. Networking and alliance building with State Forum.
  4. Strengthening and capacitating roles and responsibilities of SMCs.
  5. Training on SMC at Panchayat level.
  6. Follow up workshop on strengthening the SMC.
  1. Awareness generation and capacity building among parents, children, teachers, CBOs and PRI members has increased awareness levels among them.
  2. The CBOs have become active on education issues. PRI members have started taking interest in educational related matters and visiting schools during their field trips. They have started raising educational issues in their monthly meetings at the Panchayat and block levels.
  3. One of the most significant changes visible in the project areas is the mobilisation of SMC members and exchange of ideas and experience in a monthly meeting to be held every month.
  4. Students have also become aware of their educational rights. Their school level activities have increased. The enrolment and retention of girl students has increased at the primary school level.
Co-implementation partners
Cluster Lead: Cluster POs:
SPAR ASRA, KMS, SF, YUVA, SBMS, SMVM, PL, TRCSC

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Habil's Coaching Centre for School Dropouts

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Habil Horo is an SSP volunteer of SPAR in Goiraber Robokera Panchayat in West Singbhum Jharkhand. When he learnt about the value of education, he took up the initiative of teaching and encouraging children to join him. During the SSP project, he underwent training and attended meetings, which lead him to the realization that many students in his village leave their studies for agriculture work. Given the poverty levels and need to earn, he felt that they could gain knowledge in the evenings. He called students who were forced to drop out of school home to learn in the evenings. Today, his home coaching centre, which was started three years ago, is abundant with students. His livelihood also depends on agriculture, but Habil's focus remains on running his coaching centre, towards continued encouragement for those who have dropped out of school. As a result of Habil's efforts, there's increased enrolment in the village school. The guardians of children have also been sensitized towards the need for education.

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Western Orissa Education Watch Cluster    
Project Title: To create learning opportunities for 25,000 underprivileged children by providing basic quality education across 16 Gram Panchayats, including around 250 villages in Western Orissa by the year 2014.
Thematic Focus Area Duration: 6 years Budget (in INR)
Poverty reduction
Strengthening civil society
Lobby and advocacy
Phase-I: 2007 – 2010
Phase-II: 2011-2014
10,00,000
Geographical coverage    
State No. of districts No. of villages Gram Panchayats No. of Households
Orissa Boudh, Bolangir, Sonepur, Sambalpur & Bargarh 236 18 Panchayat 21809

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Project Summary:
Western Orissa Education Watch is the first cluster program of Edukans Foundation in Orissa. With the hope to change the Education situation, likeminded organisations started the program "Education Watch" in a cluster approach in partnership with Edukans Foundation and Development Focus 2007. Seven organisations, including SIDI, ADARSA, PAP, AJKA, RARE, SHAR and YCDA (lead), as a cluster, work in the districts of Sambalpur, Bolangir, Bargarh, Sonepur and Boudh towards positive change. The cluster was formed to ensure "Relevant Education" to the most marginalised children aged 6 to 18 years. All this, with training on lifeskill and livelihood skills. The major thrust of the programme was to network with the civil society organisation. They form self help groups both at the macro and micro levels towards capacity building and importantly, to ensure that most marginalised children have access to relevant education on a sustainable basis.

Project Initiatives Outcomes
  1. Enrolment campaign
  2. Lifeskill education for school going and non going children
  3. Sunday class and special Sunday class (Child Rights)
  4. EWYL (Livelihood Education)
  5. Teachers training
  6. Vocational education
  7. Strengthening the federation of CBOs
  8. Organising stakeholder conclaves
  9. Regularising the meeting of the CBO federation
  10. Mobilising rallies and campaigns on education issues
  11. Conducting reality checks and consolidating with district level government counterparts
  1. Dropout is nil in the project villages of five districts, working with children aged 6 to 14 years
  2. There's visible change in the education of girl children with respect to retention, attendance, participation in classroom transactions and leadership.
  3. Now, there are no single-teacher schools. Whereas, in 2008, 36% of the schools had only one teacher.
  4. 82% (138 out of 169) SMCs have child representation
  5. Average attendance of children has increased (Baseline – 50-60% and 85-90%)
  6. The community's attitude towards the girl child's education has changed.
  7. The number of teachers has grown from 337 to 517 in 2014, in the cluster, so reducing the pupil teacher ratio.
  8. There are visible changes in infrastructure development.
  9. Education related issues now have priority CBO agenda.
  10. The CBOs have been strengthened to bargain for their rights.
  11. Functioning of SMC has increased in comparison to the non project areas. Also, some ideas of Education Watch are now under the government system.
  12. The structure of the SMC is very similar to EWC, which was formed by WOEW in 2008.
  13. Children representation, which was advocated by the network is now in policy.
  14. All formal schools are now celebrating enrolment campaigns and children's festivals.
  15. Priority is now given to school monitoring by committee, local authorities and SMCs.
Co-implementation partners in DAHAR: 7
Cluster Lead: Cluster POs:
Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA) Palli Alok Pathagar(PAP), Agranee Jana Kalyan Anusthan (AJKA), Association for Development And Research In Socio Economic Activities (ADARSA), Sambalpur Integrated Development Institute (SIDI), Social Help Activities for Rural People (SHARP)
EDUCATION DREAM COME TRUE FOR DEEPA

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Deepa Pradhan aged 17, is a resident of Jemamal village of Tiklipada GP. She lost her father three years ago. She has three sisters. After the death of her father, her mother faced a lot of difficulty in managing the family. Due to extreme poverty, Deepa was forced to drop out of school. Deepa wasn't happy about having to leave school and so, brought up the issue at the Children's Federation. After discussion, the Federation members, requested the SMC to support Deepa's education. Now, Deepa studies at Badrama Residential High School. She has passed with first division results in her tenth board examination and continues studying Arts in Jamankira College.

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Sikshya Chetana Cluster      
Project Title: To create learning opportunities for 13,000 underprivileged children by providing basic quality education across 17 Gram Panchayats, including around 117 villages in Western Orissa by the year 2014.
Thematic Focus Area Duration: 6 years Budget (in INR)

Poverty reduction
Strengthening civil society
Lobby and advocacy

Phase-I: 2008 – 2010
Phase-II: 2011-2014
1,22,17,749
Geographical coverage    
State No. of districts No. of villages Gram Panchayats No. of Households
Orissa Sundergarh and Keonjhar 117 17 Panchayat 12535

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Project Summary:
Keonjhar & Sundargarh districts constitute 52% of the ST population. Inspite of its immense mineral & forest wealth, these districts still remain economically, socially and educationally backward, holding the primitive tribes of Juang, Munda, Sartal, Kolha, Ho and Gund. 327 interior villages from these two districts were taken for intervention because of high poverty level, illiteracy rates, inaccessibility to relevant and quality education. The target group consists of students on educational exchange programmes and socially and economically marginalized children.

In the course of time the number of villages taken up for intervention, was reduced to 117 villages with 17 GPs, as two of the partner organizations – KIRDTI & ASHRA – had to withdraw from the project. In these last six years of struggle, significant development and progress has been seen at the cluster level.

Project Initiatives Outcomes
  1. Enrolment of Children in the age group of 6-14 years.
  2. Formation & strengthening of Child Club for protection of Child rights.
  3. Teacher Training for quality education.
  4. Vocational Training for Youngsters.
  5. EWL Programme for school going Children.
  6. Capacity building programme for SMCs/SHGs/PRIs.
  7. Orientation and Sensitisation programme for CBOs.
  8. Media Advocacy.
  9. Quality Indicator Assessment of Low functional school.
  10. Formation & strengthening of SMCs, CBTs & SHGs (CLA) federation.
  11. Lobby & Advocacy
  1. Enrolment rate in the Primary school increased to 100%.
  2. Community based Enrolment drive in a festive mood.
  3. Joyful Environment in school.
  4. Increased parental involvement in Children education.
  5. Average attendance of Children is 80%.
  6. Retention rate increased to 80%.
  7. 70% Teacher imparting quality education at their school.
  8. 1 Primary school in every village (within 1 Km. ratious).
  9. Pupils Teachers Ratio (PTR) stabilized in 70% School.
  10. SMCs are functional regarding meeting, school monitoring, tracking children, teacher attendance, school maintenance and school maintenance grant.
  11. Increased in personal hygiene, life skill, livelihood skills and moral values of 80% of the children.
  12. Each school with defined minimum infrastructure.
  13. 100% of the government school going children are given livelihood training.
  14. 80% of the government school going children are earning collectively.
  15. 40% of the trained youth are earning substantial income on a sustainable basis i.e Rs 2000 to 2500 per month
Co-implementation partners
Cluster Lead: Cluster POs:
ORES YAVARD, WOSCA, SEWAK, WORD, SNYS, SES, VARRAT

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Bastar Ujar Cluster      
Project Title: To create learning opportunities for 16,467 underprivileged children by providing basic quality education across 17 Gram Panchayats, including around 136 villages in southern Chhattisgarh by the year 2014.
Thematic Focus Area Duration: 6 years Budget (in INR)

Poverty reduction
Strengthening civil society
Lobby and advocacy

Phase-I: 2008 – 2010
Phase-II: 2011-2014
1,76,40,522
Geographical coverage    
State No. of districts No. of villages Gram Panchayats No. of Households
Orissa Bastar, Kondagaon, Dantewada 136 63 Panchayat 16467

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Project Summary:
Bastar Ujar has put its best foot forward towards bringing positive change in the realm of education,. The project was implemented four years ago. Ever since, through its learning curve, the cluster has experienced positive change via education in the target area.

Implementing partner strategies for change through education:
  • Direct Poverty Reduction: With emphasis on increasing access to relevant, quality education for children aged 6 to 18 years by facilitating feasible, affordable and sustainable solutions.
  • Strengthening Civil Society: With focus on strengthening the capacity of local actors in particular from civil society, to develop, try out and promote feasible, affordable and sustainable local solutions to increase access to relevant and quality education.
  • Lobby and Advocacy: With focus on initiating people-centric advocacy, campaign and lobbying activities towards quality education and related issues, in order to translate the universal right to free and good-quality education into guaranteed access to education.
Project Initiatives Outcomes
  1. Promotion of BP, BP federation
  2. Promotion of SMC, SMC federation
  3. Promotion of SHGs
  4. Capacity building of 138 nos. of JVC/VECs/SMCs
  5. Vocational training for Children under age group 15-18
  6. Earn While you Learn (EWL)
  7. No. of CBOs Strengthened
  8. Promotion of District and State education forums
  1. Formed BP-223
  2. Formed SMC-223
  3. SHGs formed-159
  4. No. of CBOs Strengthened-41
  5. Vocational training for Children under age group 15-18
  6. 6,324 children are given training on different trades.
  7. Capacity building of 138 JVC/VECs/SMCs-160
  8. Earn While you Learn (EWL)-140
Co-implementation partners
Cluster Lead: Cluster POs:
Bastar Sewak Mandal Snehagiri Missionary Sisters (SMS), Bastar Vikalanga Seva Samiti ( BVSS), Bastar Samagra Vikas Samiti (SAVISA), Gramodaya Seva Sansthan (GSS), Vikas Mitra (VM), Voluntary Association for Natural and Yokel Awareness (VANYA), Bastar Samaj Jan Vikas Samiti (BSJVS)

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