Education to Empowerment: Pillars of Learning
Bihar, Telangana, Odisha, Maharashtra, Delhi
Aim: To strengthen the education system in the five states in next three years by
- 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
Journey so far
- developing and showcasing inclusive quality education models by setting up and activating appropriate academic structures and mechanisms right from village / school to cluster, block and district level.
- direct intervention in 310 ICDS centres and 340 Government Elementary Schools in 5 states by working with school teachers and pre-school teachers/AWWs to ensure quality classroom transactions processes leading to improved learning outcomes of children
- working in partnership with parents, communities and duty bearers to ensure impact is at large scale, is sustainable and is replicable.
- taking forward the advocacy asks through civil society networks, state level Right to Education(RtE) forums, National RtE Forum, Mothers Groups and Children’s Groups.
1. Required permissions from the local governments were obtained and the project was kick-started in all the 5 states. Special Education and Enrolment Fortnights facilitated by Education department were undertaken. Village level rallies, human chains, door to door visits and village level meetings were organised, resulting in enrolment of 890 children in Telangana and Bihar into formal schools
2. Classroom processes were strengthened through training of teachers on cooperative learning. In Odisha activities like: Jigsaw Puzzles, Think-Pair-Share, team-pair-solo and three Step review were undertaken to ensure active participation from children and to promote positive interaction, team building, cooperation, reflection, leadership and logical thinking.
3. Planned interventions on creation of Education System level convergence were undertaken.
4. Ground work was laid for creation of Reading Buddies so that through the participation of peer/ senior/ higher grade students and volunteers from the community, reading habits amongst children are cultivated toward building a practice of community reading. About 6000 children participated in the Reading Buddies activities. In Maharashtra, 239 Sibling pairs, 263 Parent pairs and 340 Buddy pairs were formed. Their progress will be tracked throughout the year.
5. Encouraging implementation of School Code of Conduct and Suggestion Boxes gained further strengths in many states. In Telangana, Department of Education agreed to adopt the School Code of Conduct in all schools. In Maharashtra, 60 children participated in the workshop on ‘Suggestion Box – a feedback mechanism’ whereas 43 SMC members participated in a capacity building workshop. In Bihar, suggestion boxes were installed in 64 schools and code of conduct displayed.
6. Empowered Child Cabinet have run awareness campaigns and flagged various issues at the level of community. We are also seeing a transparent monitoring system taking shape at the level of Anganwadis through constant orientation and support to key functionaries.
Achievement so far:
Since July 2011, Save the Children provided 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 of the children. Some of the project achievements so far:
- Learning levels of children has been increased by 26% in Hindi Language and by 28% in Math, while in non-intervention schools it was just 6% and 8% in Hindi and Math.
- 100% activation of School Management Committee in one of the block i.e. Phulwari Sharif Block of Patna and 90% in another block Maner in Gaya.
- Innovative Teachers’ forums formed at cluster level are active and do have monthly meetings at cluster level on academics.
- Centre of Excellence: 6 Model Anganwadi Centres created in project locations which are adequately equipped with additional play material, TLM and conceptual drawings. The Anganwadi workers of these centres received appreciations from the community for their child friendly teaching learning practices.
- SMC Federations: 3 School Management Federations have been formed which have been in the forefront of advocating for the entitlements and services at Schools.
- School Enrolment: More than 400 Child Labour in cotton farms withdrawn and mainstreamed into the formal schools and regular follow up has been done.
- CCE Module: The CEE module developed with support of SCERT has been disseminated across 100 schools under the project area.
- Recommendations on RTE Rules: Mobilized 100 CSOs and Networks on a common platform and proposed recommendations for Model RTE Rules for the State.
- RTE Forum: Facilitated formation of Right to Education Forum to advocate for effective implementation with 200 NGOs.
- Overall, 90% of children have achieved the reading ability appropriate to their grade level. More than 70% of the children from each grade from 1 to 7 have achieved grade level reading ability. An average, 17 books has been read by each child in this year because of home lending program.
- More than 500 parents and sibling pairs have been formed during previous year. 50% of the children paired with their parents and siblings have achieved reading ability appropriate to their grade level. A new concept of buddy pairs was introduced to pair children with their buddies in classrooms who will help each other during classes focused on reading and numeracy. 508 buddy pairs were formed in the year 2016.
The Key Next steps in next reporting period of this ongoing project will include:
- Providing support to school administration in organising periodic planning and review meetings of SMCs (monthly / bimonthly meetings of SMCs). Facilitate and demonstrate effective ways of conducting SMC meetings when needed.
- Child Rights Week: - A Campaign will be observed during the period 14th Nov-20th November. 14th
- Formation and strengthening of innovative teacher forum and support CRCs/SIs in facilitating meetings of teachers on academic sharing, review and planning.
- Convergence meetings and workshops with educational official and CDPOs (WCD).
- Documentation of best practices and things to be improved.
- Identifying potential Teachers from AWCs and Schools for utilising them as local champions and master trainers.
- Look at the potential support for creation of a Knowledge Hub at the Block level by advocating such models to the government.
- Conducting age appropriate creative sessions and workshops with school and AWC's children.
- Formation and strengthening of SMC federations at Block level.
- Teachers Training on Code of Conduct and also Advocacy Plan For key Issue on school safety under School Code of conduct.
- Strengthening and Capacity building Of SMC Members as they will take ownership of Schools and ensure betterment of children’s education and address other issues faced by children.