Term Full Form/Explaination
KGBV Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas
SMC School Management Committees
PTM Parent Teacher Meetings
ICDS Integrated Child Development Services
RTE Right to Education
CDPO Child Development Project Officers
WCD Women and Child Development
AWW Aanganwadi workers 
ASHA Accredited Social Health Activist
ANM Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery
PRI Panchayati Raj Institutions
VHNSC Village Health, Sanitation and Nutrition Committee

Programme 1: Empowering Marginalised Girls through Quality Education
Background: Save the Children reached out to educationally backward blocks of Jharkhand in the districts of Gumla, Ranchi, and West Singhbum. This groundbreaking project: 'Empowering Marginalised Girls through Quality Education' was started in 2012 and has changed the lives of thousands of children since then.

Target and Objectives:
  • The project is operational in 14 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) with the aim of delivering improved learning outcomes for 3,990 marginalised girl students. The KGBV scheme was launched by the Government of India in August 2004, to ensure access to educational facilities for girls belonging to minority communities and families below the poverty line in Educationally Backward Blocks.
  • The main focus of the project has been to enhance the learning outcomes in language and Mathematics by 2018. The project is an endeavour to enhance the skills of KGBV teachers and educators on child-friendly, gender-sensitive, and subject-specific teaching practices and to improve the physical infrastructure and quality learning environment in the targeted schools.
  • To encourage and equip children to vouch for their rights (formation of Children's Groups), set up School Management Committees (SMC) and facilitate greater involvement of parents in school affairs.


Achievements (July 2017-June 2018):
  • 6,449 marginalised adolescent girls were oriented on social issues through Life Skill Education.                                                                                          
  • 504 Child Cabinet members were trained on their roles and responsibilities and on the importance of Child Rights.
  • 14 School Management Committees (SMC) were made functional and capacity of 165 SMC members was strengthened on their role and duties.
  • Suggestion boxes were installed in all 14 intervention KGBV schools and capacity of 42 KGBV school teachers were strengthened on pedagogy and child-friendly teaching processes.                                                                                               
  • Science labs and libraries were made functional in all intervention schools.
  • 3,641 parents were sensitised on issues related to the importance of girls' education, child marriage, provisions available for the higher education of girls.
  • Academic progress made by the girls was discussed with their parents in Parent Teacher Meetings, thereby regularizing the PTMs.

Programme-2: Education to Empowerment: Pillars of Learning

Background: Save the Children has initiated “Educate to Empowerment: Pillars of Learning” across five states of India including Bihar, Telangana, Odisha, Maharashtra and Delhi with an aim to strengthen the education system in the next three years.

Implementing Locations:
  • 100 Aanganwadi Centers and 100 Government Elementary Schools across two blocks-   Khijarsarai of Gaya district and Maner block of Patna district in Bihar
  • 100 Schools and 100 Anganwadi Centres across 4 mandals (blocks) - Lingal, Achampet and Amrabad mandals of Nagarkurnool District and Adilabad rural and Bela mandals of Adilabad district in Telangana
  • 90 Anganwadis and 90 government schools in Rajanagar block of Kendrapara district, and Similiguda block of Koraput district in Odisha
  • 30 Municipality Schools in Pune city of Maharashtra
  • 30 Anganwadi’s and 30MCD schools in Delhi

Objective: To strengthen the education system in the five targetted states in next three years by developing and showcasing inclusive quality education models, direct intervention in 310 Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) centres and in 340 Government Elementary Schools, working in partnership with parents, communities and duty bearers, and taking forward the advocacy asks through civil society networks, state-level Right to Education (Rte.) forums, National Rte. Forum, Mothers' Groups and Childrens' Groups.

Journey so far: Special Education and Enrolment Fortnights were undertaken. Classroom processes were strengthened through training of teachers on cooperative learning and planned interventions on the creation of Education System level convergence were undertaken. The groundwork was laid for the creation of Reading Buddies in which around 6000 children participated and implementation of the School Code of Conduct and Suggestion Boxes was encouraged. Empowered Child Cabinets have run awareness campaigns and flagged various issues at the community level.

Achievements: Save the Children has been providing support to 340 government schools and 310 Aanganwadi Centers reaching out to more than 70,000 children in order to improve the quality of education leading to increased learning outcomes among children since July 2011.

What next:
The Key Next steps in the next reporting period of this ongoing project will include:

  • Looking forward, support will be provided to school administrations in organising periodic planning and review meetings of School Management Committees.
  • Formation and strengthening of innovative teachers' forum.
  • Convergence meetings and workshops with education officials and Child Development Project Officers (CDPOs) (Women and Child Development).
  • Identifying potential teachers from Anganwadi Centres (AWCs) and Schools for utilising them as local champions and master trainers.
  • Creating a Knowledge Hub at the block-level by advocating such models to the government.

Programme 3: Ashakiran

Background: In March 2016, Save the Children implemented 'Project Ashakiran'  in rural Bangalore, Karnataka.

Project Objectives: The main objective of the project was to ensure improved access Health & Nutrition and Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in the 11 intervention villages, Anganwadi centres, and schools. The project also focussed on increasing community engagement.

Target Group: The project targeted children, adolescent girls and boys, school teachers, Mothers' Groups, pregnant and lactating mothers. It also targetted frontline health workers including Aanganwadi workers (AWWs), Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs), Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANMs), Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), and Village Health, Sanitation and Nutrition Committee (VHNSC) members. Health, Women and Child Development, and Education departments were also targetted at the Taluk and District-Level.

Key Achievements:
  • Formation of School Cabinets in all the 10 intervention schools
  • Provision of adequate hand washing facilities
  • Refurbishment and construction of toilets with running water in all the 10 intervention schools and AWCs
  • Set up 2 community-managed toilets and 3 water ATMs in the targetted areas
  • Organised mass awareness campaigns on the importance of maintaining hygiene and sanitation
Today, 2.1 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. 4.5 billion people lack safely managed sanitation services. Unsafe hygiene practices are widespread. Child mortality rate is increasing at an alarming rate. More than 3,40,000 children under five die annually from diarrhoeal diseases. This is mostly due to poor hygiene and sanitation or unsafe drinking water. Our approach was to engage the people in the planning, management, and monitoring of health, nutrition, and sanitation services.

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