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Location

3 coastal villages in 2 Blocks of Dwarka district in Gujarat
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 1,500 women members organized in 117 self help groups.

Problem Statement:


In the project area there are only 3 government schools in Bandar (port) areas which are teaching till 5th standard. 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. Children get engaged or married very early due to lack of educational avenues, limited livelihood opportunities and cultural issues. Over the years the organization has worked on child rights and has created awareness in community on child rights. They have ensured immunization of children, enrolment in ICDS center and school, awareness against child marriage and child labor, awareness against malnutrition etc.

Achievements & Impact


Key Result Area: Enrolment of children in 3-18 years age group

Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

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

? 476 out of 489 identified children have been enrolled in ICDS centers. ? All 8 Anganwadi Centers (AWC) in project area have been activated and Early Childhood Education (ECE) is imparted as per Gujarat State ECE curriculum. ? 3 children were freed from child labor after some intensive efforts from the partners along with community and religious leaders.


Key Result Area: Retention in school

Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

? 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. ? Strengthening understanding of team on national mission for middle school education (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.

? 10 support classes were organized for 98 children who were identified as slow learners, and currently they have achieved their age appropriate levels. ? 91 irregular children have been made regular through timely intervention by the project team and currently they are all regular in schools. ? Team assisted 17 children in getting free bus pass, 3 girls received bicycle, and 11 children got scholarship for continuing school. ? Three School Management Committees (SMCs) in the project area are activated. All SMC members were actively involved in development of School Development Plan (SDP) and other infrastructure demands of school. ? 5 monitoring committee were formed in Rupenbandar, Javernagar and Gandhvibandar who are visiting AWCs to monitor the work and attendance of Anganwadi Workers, regularity of children, and usage of ECE materials.


Key Result Area: RTE norms realized

Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

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

? 10 support classes were organized for 98 children who were identified as slow learners, and currently they have achieved their age appropriate levels.
? 91 irregular children have been made regular through timely intervention by the project team and currently they are all regular in schools.
? Team assisted 17 children in getting free bus pass, 3 girls received bicycle, and 11 children got scholarship for continuing school.
? Three School Management Committees (SMCs) in the project area are activated. All SMC members were actively involved in development of School Development Plan (SDP) and other infrastructure demands of school.
? 5 monitoring committee were formed in Rupenbandar, Javernagar and Gandhvibandar who are visiting AWCs to monitor the work and attendance of Anganwadi Workers, regularity of children, and usage of ECE materials.

Highlights of technical and capacity building inputs:


? Project team and community leaders were trained on education, wherein discussion was focused in implementation of govt schemes to secure quality quality across pre-primary, primary and secondary schooling. After the training, the project team developed a plan for initiating implementation of RMSA mission for middle school education in Dwarka district.

Highlights on community action and government interface:


An advocacy campaign has been initiated at village and tehsil level for ICDS centers and schools with the below listed objectives:
- To get new ICDS center in Gandhvi Bandar for pre-primary education;
- To get infrastructure in existing ICDS centers in 3 bandars;
- To get infrastructure and staff in existing schools.

The strategies and processes adopted and currently under implementation include:
- Meeting and capacity building of community leaders.
- Placing issue in the Panchayat meetings and ensuring suitable resolutions are taken.
- Meeting ICDS and education department officials and placing demand for services in ICDS Centers and schools.

Plans


Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Enrollment of all children in the age group of 3 – 18 years.

? Tracking all children age between 3 to 6 years and newborn during the year through regular home visits.
? Meeting with parents and counseling them to send children to Anganwadi regularly.
? Meeting with Mahila Mandal (women’s collective), and formation of mother’s group to promote interface with Anganwadi worker to ensure quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) services are provided in the ICDS centers in all villages.
? Meeting with Anganwadi worker and helper to enroll children and provide pre-primary education.
? Regular workshop with parents and developing information, education and communication (IEC) material for awareness in education (for children of class 6th, 7th and 8th).
? Convince local faith and community leaders to support enrolment of children.
? Demand for support class in the school for slow learner children.

Plans


Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Retention of all children in school (for 6-14 years)

? Mapping and updating of dropout children (aged 6 - 14 including above 8th standard) and identify reasons for it.
? Ensuring re-enrolment of dropout children in school.
? Identify children weak in studies and initiate support class in 2 bandars (ports) for weak children.
? Meetings against child marriage and re-enrolment of child labor.
? Meeting with faith and community leaders for regularization of children in school.
? Coordination with school teacher and principal to bring children in school and help them participate in various sports activities.
? Continue placing demand for seasonal hostel in Bandar (Ports) for children to prevent migration.
? Advocacy by community and partner at district level and demand for infrastructural development in schools.
? Form adolescent girls group and provide them training on reproductive and sexual health (RCH) through Anganwadis.
? Coordination with fishery department to ensure that no children below age of 18 years is given work permits.

Plans


Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Improved understanding on RTE state Rules; Key opportunities and challenges for effective advocacy outcomes are identified.

? Collect all the press clipping or relevant information regarding RTE norms and develop understanding.
? Regular meeting with school teachers and School Management Committee (SMC) members on identified governance issues in 4 schools.
? Raise demand for school infrastructure, teachers, rooms, kitchen shed, water, strengthening of monitoring system, visits to be done by Cluster Resource Coordinator (CRC), Block Resource Coordinator (BRC), taluka and district education officer, grievance redressal system, support classes etc.
? Capacity building of community leaders on Early Childhood Development (ECD), Right to Education (RTE) act, Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA), and secondary school.

Financial Summary: January to December 2019


Budget Breakup 2019

Education

11,908

87 %

Administration

1,839

13 %

Total Grant Approved

13,747

100%