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Location

Udaipur district in Rajasthan, India
Thematic Intervention: Education


Project Context

Kotra Adivasi Sansthan (KAS) is registered under Societies Registration Act and is working since 1998 in Kotra block of Udaipur district in Rajasthan. KAS was formed to support the people’s named Adivasi Vikas Manch (AVM) initiated in 1993 and took up programs and activities for the issues of tribal community. KAS is a people centered organization. The vision of the organization is to create a self-reliant organization for supporting the tribal people’s struggle for the attainment of over-all development of the tribal community of Kotra Block. The key element of its working strategy is operating through people's institutions at the village level and taking up village level development issues. Community mobilization and facilitating the process of making village level organizations proactive, has been as well as continues to be done through organizing issue based organizations. The prominent areas in which the organization has worked extensively are land and forest rights of tribal communities, local governance, migrations and women empowerment. It has also worked on education space, especially strengthening implementation of right to education (RTE) act, bridge courses to address wide educational access divide. However, the educational situation has continued to be grim due to priority of livelihood, which is a daily struggle for the community living in a semi-arid hilly terrain on the verge of desertification. The institutional infrastructure such as pre-schooling Anganwadis, Primary Schools, Middle Schools and High Schools has remained inadequate resulting challenge of physical access to the community. The inadequacy in human resource application and other facilities in few existing do not inspire confidence among community as there is hardly any learning achievement in entry level classes resulting to low level of transition to higher classes from already poor enrolment. The low learning achievements and high dropout have remained worrying issues which this project is endeavoring to attend including the causative factors.

Achievements & Impact

(Project started only in October 2017)

Key Result Areas Achievements

Strengthen community monitoring mechanisms for child rights through effective implementation of PESA Gram Sabha.

* Meetings were done with Panchayat Raj Institute (PRI) members and clam leaders in villages to identify common venue so that all community groups can conveniently participate.

Provide quality education to children within the government schools by ensuring enhancement in learning levels and retention of children in schools.

* 176 children who have never been to school were enrolled.
* 19 children are enrolled through learning centers.
* Meetings were done with the block level education department officials and requisite permissions have been sought in writing for working in the government schools.
* One 5-day training for the educators and community workers has been conducted by Vidya Bhawan Society in Udaipur.



Key Result Areas Achievements

Secure access and quality education opportunities to out of school children in the remote and far flung areas.

* The listing of drop out, never been to school and enrolled children has been done by the team. The MIS training will be taken up separately.
* The process of setting up of the learning centers has been initiated.
* The process of procurement of books for the library has been initiated. The partner will have to be mentored for setting up of the library corner.

Other Highlight Processes and Achievements – 2017.
It has been planned to place subject teachers in the 3 senior schools in the area to ensure quality education to children. However, there has been a challenge to identify the subject teachers and place them in rural areas. Efforts are being made to get the teachers on board and place them in the secondary schools as envisaged.

Plans


Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Strengthen community monitoring mechanisms for child rights through effective implementation of Gram Sabha as per Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act 1996.

* Organize community meeting, meetings with parents and children and participation in Gram Sabha, to establish demand for education.
* Organize workshop with the School Management Committees (SMCs) members on their roles and responsibilities among and initiate preparation of school development plan (SDP).
* Facilitate preparation of annual school development plan for the schools in a transparent and democratic manner in five schools.
* Initiate the tracking of child laborers in the intervening villages.
* Sensitized community on the issues of education and child labor through awareness drive on education and child labor.

Provide career counseling to children in 15-18 years age group and so as to enhance their confidence and empower them to achieve their goals

* Identifying out of school children in age group of 15-18 years.
* Organize identified children into group of 30 children who are vulnerable and have readiness to go through the process.
* Develop detailed plan for the identified set of children to guide them in achieving their endeavors.



Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Provide quality education to children within the government schools by ensuring enhancement in learning levels and retention of children in schools.

* Training of educators by Vidya Bhawan on methodologies and concepts. The training imparted will cover transaction of activity based learning and subject based concepts. Practical demonstration in the actual classroom space will also be provided to the educators during the training.
* Set up library corner in the school to inculcate reading habits among children.
* Conduct baseline assessment of learning achievements among children and further gradual formative assessments.
* Organize regular meetings with the educators for review and planning of transactions.

Secure access and quality education opportunities to out of school children in the remote and far flung areas.

* Child wise tracking to be done in the project villages and list out the dropouts, never been to school children.
* Establish and run five learning centre to provide access to education for children who primarily do not have access to school due to distance, rough terrain, absence of guidance at home etc.
* Providing training to the educators of the learning centers; transact with children basis of their competency level in a multi grade multi level environment

Financial Summary: January to December 2018


Budget Breakup 2018

Education

39,524

89 %

Administration

4,885

11 %

Total Grant Approved

44,409

100%