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Location

11 villages in Kotra block of Udaipur district in Rajasthan
Thematic Focus: Education and Protection


Project Background

Kotra Adivasi Sansthan (KAS) is registered under Societies Registration Act and has been working since 1998 in Kotra block of Udaipur district in Rajasthan. KAS was formed to support the people 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 overall 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.

Problem Statement:


The educational situation has continued to be grim due to priority of livelihood, which is a daily struggle for the community living in semi-arid hilly terrain on the verge of desertification. The institutional infrastructure such Anganwadis centers under ICDS (Integrated Child Development Scheme) for pre-school education, primary schools, middle schools and high schools has remained inadequate resulting in consolidation of challenge in terms of physical access barrier to education among the project’s target community, the children. The inadequacy in human resources and other facilities in few existing schools do not inspire confidence among the community as there is hardly any learning achievement in entry level classes resulting in 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. The organization has initiated working on education space, especially strengthening implementation of Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) act, bridge courses to address wide educational access divide. However, a lot needs to be done.

Achievements & Impact


Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

Key Result Area: Awareness and empowerment of community members and PRIs as per Panchayat (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act to ensure quality education for children.

* Form active community groups in the villages and also initiate their linkage with existing community-based organizations (CBOs) in order to raise the issues of children vis-à-vis education in a comprehensive manner by organizing regular meetings every month.
* Identify and prepare a list of families who are vulnerable to migration and approach & encourage them to send their children to schools and learning centers.
* Mainstream the girls and enroll them to learning centers.
* Organize school admission drive in all 11 villages to ensure admission of maximum number of children.

* Initiated advocacy for holding Gram Sabha meetings. 50 Gram Sabhas were organized and 1410 members participated. In the meetings discussion held on RTE Act, mid-day meal, scholarship schemes, child protection and child labor. Village development plan of 9 villages was prepared and submitted to Panchayat.
* Efforts were made to link the families with social protection schemes. A total of 345 families got benefit of housing scheme, 249 families were linked with pension schemes, and 45 families linked with food security scheme with the support of the Gram Panchayat.
* A total of 20 child labors were enrolled in learning centers as a result of the school enrollment drive.


Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

Key Result Area:Provision of quality education to children in schools and learning centers by ensuring enhancement in learning levels and retention of children in schools/ learning centers.

* Training of educators will be conducted by Vidya Bhawan to build the capacity of educators and to provide technical expertise for smooth classroom transactions.
* Organize a meeting with Shiksha Committees every month to identify the issues and encourage them to promote education within the community.
* Track and conduct follow ups for 21 children admitted in learning centers and schools who were previously employed as child laborers, and 73 newly admitted children.
* Impart education in 3 senior secondary schools in Kaucha, Dadhamta and Mahad in subjects such as English, Maths and Science.

* Two training sessions were organized by Vidya Bhawan on the teaching-learning process. This helped the team to understand the teaching-learning process.
* The trainers from Vidya Bhawan did 3 visits to schools and centers for onsite support to team members. They shared the observations with team members as a feedback to their teaching-learning process. Team members were using teaching-learning materials such as word card, picture card, posters etc. to enhance children’s learning level. As a result of these the team members have shown improvement in interacting with children.
* 16 meetings of Shiksha Committees were organized in which were attended by 289 people. The meetings were done to identify issues and encourage them to promote education within the community.
* Midline assessment of all children enrolled in schools and centers were done and analysis of each child was conducted.


Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

Key Result Area: Access to educational opportunities to out of school children in the remote and far flung areas.

* Organize children groups and take up age appropriate activities to build their understanding and develop leadership quality.
* Explore the possibilities of residential schooling or enroll dropout children at learning centers and subsequently mainstream them.
* Conduct home visits to counsel the parents of children involving in child labor, so that so that such children can be enrolled in learning centers.

* Child tracking for age group 6-14 years identified 1,581 regularly school going children and 686 as irregular. Also, there were 156 dropped out, 530 never been to school, and 400 child labors. Similarly, in the age group of 15-18 years, there were 188 regular school going children, 329 irregular children, 69 drop out children, 260 never been to school children, and 282 child labors.
* 188 (98 boys and 90 girls) children studying in learning centers were tracked. There were 18 drop out and 10 irregular children. 31 children of learning centers were enrolled in government schools.

* Facilitate implementation of the social protection scheme “SAG - Scheme for Adolescent Girls” which is meant for dropout girls in the age group of 11-14 years.

* 11 adolescents enrolled in 2 wheeler repairing vocation training, 6 adolescents enrolled in stitching training, 2 in motor rewinding.


Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

Key Result Area: Networking, liaising and advocacy efforts for rightful educational entitlements for children.

* Ensure follow ups of the representations which were submitted to the govt. authorities at block and district levels.
* Assist in placing demand for upgrading of schools, teachers appointments, supply of textbooks, drinking water and infrastructure etc. in 6 government schools, to ensure quality education in them.
* Ensure regular participation in Shiksha Samvad forum meetings at the block and district level, and networking and liaising at the state level to address service gaps and issues in the project area.

* 219 teachers were recruited in Kotra block and so 6 teachers were recruited in 6 schools in the project area as a result of the advocacy efforts.
* The District Collector issued an order for conducting Shiksha Samvad interface meetings at block level as result of advocacy efforts. The first phase of the meetings were organized wherein teachers, PRI & NGO representatives, & children participated, and children used posters to raise the issue of quality education, toilets, sports & other activities in schools.
* The second phase of Shiksha Samvad was organized, with the support of other organizations, district, and blocks education officers and elected representatives wherein issues raised by children were discussed. All participants agreed to prepare a vision document on education for the Kotra region.

Highlights of technical and capacity building inputs:


Regular capacity building of teams by Vidya Bhawan has helped them to understand the teaching-learning process. The efforts include conducting the learning process which is interactive and meaningful. Poems, stories and charts are being displayed in each center. Children have learned the poems and stories from the books and other materials displayed in the center. Moreover, books are also issued to children so that they can develop their reading abilities. Other teaching materials such as word cards, number cards etc. are also used by team members to develop reading and mathematical abilities among children.

Plans


Log Frame Indicators Program Activities Planned

Improve access to education through strengthening the School Management Committee (SMC) in 6 primary and 3 secondary schools, facilities in schools, and community based organizations (CBOs).

* Conduct a training program of the project team on provisions of RTE, mechanisms of SMC and members' role and responsibilities, after which the team will conduct SMC members orientation meetings.
* Conduct SMCs’ orientation on roles and responsibilities and scopes of School Development Plan (SDP) in addressing educational infrastructure Y services.
* Ensure regular quarterly review meetings of SMCs are organized to discuss schools services & facilities, and educational challenges faced by children.
* Regular follow up to be taken up with the SMC members on the action taken.
* Conduct a gap assessment for separate toilets for boys & girls and ensure enough toilets are constructed and made functional in all project’s schools.
* Tracking all schooling going children in the project villages to ensure total enrolment and transition.
* Organize monthly meetings of 11 CBOs and community to improve community monitoring of children for regularity in school, availability of essentials, Counseling families of irregular and drop out children.
* Organize interface meetings with SMC, CBOs, teachers, education officials and PRI to address challenges faced by community and schools.



Log Frame Indicators Program Activities Planned

Improve learning outcomes through remedial / additional support classes in Chila Activity Centers (CACs) and schools.

* Improve infrastructure in 5 CACs to provide a comfortable learning environment.
* Conduct 2 capacity building programs (4 days each) of 5 CAC teachers and 6 primary school teachers with the help of expert agency Vidya Bhavan, which will further assist in pedagogy refinements and deploying mechanism for learning achievement performance monitoring through periodic assessment of student’s learning and feedback to teachers on methodology and pedagogy.
* Register 188 identified eligible & needy children in the age-group of 6-14 years, and another 231 girls in the age-group of 15-18 years.
* Conduct supplementary / remedial classes, Counseling & guidance sessions for children registered in the CACs.
* Conduct periodic learning achievement performance assessment, track progresses individually, customize inputs especially around language, science fun activities & mathematics, and conduct follow through regularly.
* Organize sports and earning events/festivals in 5 CACs and 6 primary schools for holistic development and education of children.
* Facilitate enrolment of children aged 15-18 years and especially girls in NOIS to ensure they clear board exams and continue their education.

Strengthen agency of children through children collectives, life skills and vocational training.

* Formation of 6 children collectives (CC) amongst children from standard 4th & 5th in 6 primary schools in the project area.
* Conduct orientation of 6 teachers, 5 coordinators and 3 community organizers on life skills education as ToT, who would conduct the trainings for CCs.
* Formation of 11 adolescent collectives in 11 villages, especially including the out-of-school girls.
* Transact life skills in education (LSE) module through approximately 200 children registered in 6 children and 11 adolescent collectives.
* Select 30 children through the ‘Buland Housley ki Pehal’ (BHKP) campaign for continuation of education and vocational training for suitable jobs.
* Conduct regular follow-up with children, their parents, & institutions to ensure they continue education or be part of vocational training for a better career.

Financial Summary: January to December 2020


Budget Breakup 2020

Education

23,869

85 %

Administration

4,358

15 %

Total Grant Approved

28,227

100%