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Location

2 Coastal Blocks in Dwarka district in Gujarat, India
Thematic Intervention: Education


Project Context

Gramya Vikas Trust was founded by Prof. D. S. Ker in the year 1986-87 with the objective of correcting eco-environmental imbalance and thereby paving way for developing agriculture and animal husbandry and improving the lives of the poor farmers and traditional fisherman. In the initial days, the organization had to work hard to develop its own understating on gender issues as well as work towards changing mindset of the community. Today, there are some 1,500 women members organized in 117 self help groups.
In the project area there are only 3 government schools in Bandar areas till teaching till 5th class. Only Rupenbandar village has 1 school till teaching till 8th class. After that, the children have to either go to Dwarka, the district headquarter or join some private schools for further studies. Due to this distance and consequent cost barrier, most of the fisher folk’s children are out of school. This is set-on in early state due to absence of Anganwadis centers under ICDS and consequent absence of pre-school education; and the disinterest is further strengthened by poor functioning of existing schools and quality of teaching learning environment. All the 3 Bandar area has a school management committee each in paper. However, many community members don’t even know that they are member of the same; neither do they know much about the rules & responsibilities of School Management Committee (SMC). The children get engaged or married in very early age due to lack of educational opportunities, limited livelihood opportunities & cultural issues

Achievements & Impact


Key Result Areas Achievements

Enrolment of 3-18 age group children

* 432 (94%) out of 461 eligible children from target families have been enrolled in Anganwadi centers, a 6% increase from last year’s 88%.
* 122 (85%) out of 144 eligible children have been enrolled in class 1.
* Only 47 (14%) out of 325 children in 15-18 years could be enrolled into senior secondary school.
* 4 women Anganwadi Monitoring Committee established in Rupenbandar, Javernagar-I, Javernagar -II and Gandhvibandar. A total of 3 trainings conducted with the members and staff, on roles and responsibilities.

Retention of enrolled children in school.

* Ensured 932 out of 1105 (84%) children joined transition schools from primary to middle school and from middle to high school.
* Ensured, 760 (82%) out of 932 are regular in school.
* 2 toilets constructed in Javernagar School and 4 toilets constructed in Rupenbandar School.



Key Result Areas Achievements

Ensure RTE norms realized.

* 3 SMC have been formed in Rupenbandar, Jawernagar and Gandhvibandar schools. One school development plan (SDP) has been developed for Rupenbandar in collaboration, facilitated by GVT.
* 3 trainings on school development plan conducted with 15 members of 3 SMCs.
* One social audit was conducted at Rupenbandar in the presence of district education officer.
* Cluster / Block Resource Centre (CRC/BRC) Coordinators have started visiting 3 schools.
* 1 rain water harvesting has been constructed in Rupenbandar School.

Other Highlight Processes and Achievements – 2017.

One Bal Mela was organized wherein around 180 children and 20 parents participated.

Update on major events / advocacy campaigns that may have taken place on ground:

A sustained advocacy engagement was carried out to get new Anganwadi centre in highly needed areas and improve staffing and infrastructure. The process involved capacity building of the community leaders, facilitating the community in raising the issue in Panchayat Sabha (local governance institution) and further liaising with the departments. As a result, 2 Anganwadi workers have been recruited in 2 Anganwadi Centers and 1 new AWC has been started in Gandhvibandar.

Similar advocacy liaising in coordination with other stakeholders have resulted to recruitment of 19 female teachers in schools in project district.

Update on knowledge and capacity building workshops that the project team may have organized /participated in them (this is for the project team and not for the community groups):

* A master training of project team was organized on early childhood care and education (ECCE); and the team further trained workers of 9 Anganwadi centers on ECCE.
* A training workshop was organized for project team on RMSA (Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan), the flagship programme for middle school education. After the training, team developed plan for implementation of RMSA in Dwarka district.

Plans


Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Retention in school

* Mapping and update of dropout children with reasons, factors for it, home visits for counseling and child tracking for enrolment.
* Identification of weak children and demand for support class in school
* Facilitate community demand for seasonal hostel and free transportation facility for children.
* Meetings with teacher and headmaster for dropouts’ re-enrolment, creating conducive learning environment.
* Meeting with fisheries department for not issue license to below18 age children for fishing.
* Strengthening understanding of team on RMSA and other provisions like Ashramsala for 15-18 years children.
* Meeting with Mahila Mandal and local sangathan to demand for infrastructure. Conduct CB of Mahila Mandal on role and responsibilities of SMC.
* Meeting with teachers, MDM sanchalak , Education Officer to demand quality and regular MDM.
* Poster campaign against child marriage and child labor and importance of education; meeting with teachers and headmasters for re-enrolment.
* Identify policies/ schemes/ scholarships for children of this age group;

Plans


Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Enrolment of children in 3-18 years age group.

* Child tracking through home visits to identify children eligible for enrolment, to ensure they are enrolled in Anganwadi for pre-school education and class -1 for mainstream education.
* Organize regular meetings with parents on education and ECCE.
* Formation of groups to monitor Anganwadi Centers.
* Training of Anganwadi Center (AWCs) workers on ECCE and facilitate demand for service improvement in AWCs.

RTE norms realized

* GVT team develop understanding developed on RTE act, RTE state Rules, GR etc
* Training of community leaders on RTE act and rules

Financial Summary: January to December 2018


Budget Breakup 2018

Education

11,923

87 %

Administration

1,781

13 %

Total Grant Approved

13,704

100%