“MODEL EDUCATION AGAINST PRIMARY SCHOOL
WASTAGE AND STAGNATION ”
Overall Goal of the Project:
To ensure spread of primary education among the needy and neglected children with a prime focus on the girl children.
160 needy and neglected children between the age group of 5-14 years of six classes from Standard-I to Standard-V including Junior-I. 60% of the targeted children are girl children.
Location of the Project:
The Model School (AVM) project is centrally located at ARM main campus, Baliapal in Orissa, India.
- 160 children have received education joyfully in an ideal atmosphere.
- 160 children have regularly been provided with nourishing mid-day meal.
- 160 children have received training and education in different extra curricular activities like arts and crafts, dance, music & drama.
- 160 children have participated in different sports, games and cultural activities.
- For the mental growth and recreation of the children 160 children were taken to Exposure Study Trip.
- Parents have been motivated to regularly send their children to school.
- Officials of the local Education Department have been sensitized on the need of primary education for all children.
- Regular health check-up of the targeted 160 children have been conducted.
- Parents Teachers meetings have been regularly conducted to discuss the progress of the children.
The activities done during the year described below:-
Imparting primary education to the needy and neglected children in an ideal atmosphere-160 distressed and deprived children belonging to poor and vulnerable families have received primary education joyfully in an ideal environment. 160 children hail from different backward and remote villages located at a distance of 2 to 3 Km. from the AVM School. During the reporting period vehicle was arranged to take the students from the remote villages to the model school. The children have received primary education from Standard-I to Standard-V including Junior-I with 30 students in each class. The students received education from 4 full-time dedicated teachers – 1 Headmistress and 3 Assistant Teachers. Each student was given 2 sets of school uniforms, 2 sets of school uniforms were also given to the teachers and mothers. 2 mothers regularly took care of the little children. The students were also given education materials to encourage them to receive education properly. Each student was also given school bag. During the year different furniture like bench, chair, and rack were purchased for the school. Besides, 10 dinning tables and 15 fans were purchased for the school. The curriculum of education was interesting. The teaching method was participatory and inspiring. The students learnt joyfully from the teachers. The students were also given library facilities from the Library of the school.
Provision of nourishing mid-day mealAs the targeted children come from the poor and vulnerable families they do not get sufficient food for their nutrition. The bulk of the children suffer from malnutrition and undernourishment. To remove the malnutrition of the children they have been regularly provided with nourishing mid-day meal. During the reporting period 160 children have been regularly provided with nourishing meal during the school hours. The meal has been made nourishing as well as palatable or tasty so that the children can relish the food. The mid-day meal consists of rice, dal (pulses), vegetable curry, egg curry, fish / chicken. The mid-day meal has been made in such a way so that it can remove the severe malnutrition of the targeted children. Everyday the targeted children seat in the dining hall of the new building constructed with assistance from Japan Government and relish the food. Two mothers are there to look-after the children while taking their meal. During the year 160 children have been provided with nourishing mid-day meal for 200 school days in the year.
Extra curricular activities for the children
During the year 160 children have actively participated in different extra curricular activities like drawing, painting, dance, music, drama and other cultural activities. The targeted children have learnt music from the music teacher attached with the project. The targeted children have learnt dance from the dance teacher attached with the project. The targeted have also been trained in art and craft by the teacher of art and craft attached with the project. The targeted have also participated in different cultural programme like drama. They have also actively participated in different sports and games.
Exposure trip for the children
To give relief and recreation to the children and also with a view to enlightening them on different educational issues, every year exposure trip is arranged from the AVM School. During the reporting period exposure trip was arranged of 50 targeted children. The targeted 50 children were taken to Digha, one of the renowned sea beach in West Bengal. It was a whole day programme. The children got much fun. They enjoyed their visit to the sea beach. They were also taken to the science museum in Digha. They learnt many scientific things from the science museum. Over and above it was a day of full enjoyment to the students.
Health care programme for the children
During the year the health of the children has also been checked up by the doctor attached with ARM. The children have also been given primary awareness and education on health and hygiene. Few sick children have been provided with requisite medical care and treatment. This is a regular program conducted from the AVM School. The health of the children are regularly checked up by the doctor attached with ARM.
During the year different extension activities have been conducted from the AVM School to cause socio-cultural enlightenment of the targeted children. Different important days like Independence Day, Republic Day, Birthdays of different National Heroes have been celebrated with due solemnity. The children have actively participated in the observance of different important days. Besides, the children have also participated in the seminar, workshop and competitions. During the reporting period one seminar was organized on child rights. The targeted children actively participated in this seminar. During the reporting period one workshop was conducted on importance of receiving primary education. The teachers and students of the AVM School actively participated in the workshop. Besides, the children also participated in different drawing, dance and music competitions organized during the reporting period.
Sensitization of the children on child rights
During the year the targeted 160 children have also been sensitized on their rights and entitlements through their routine education programme. The teachers have tried their level-best to make the children conscious of their rights and entitlements through lecture, group discussion, and workshop. The teachers have expressed in simple local language about child rights to the targeted children. Different posters were also used to make the children aware about child rights.
Community sensitization program
The main objective of this program is to sensitize the local community in general and the parents of the targeted children in particular on the need of receiving primary education for the children. This program also aims at making an interaction between the teachers, children and parents. This program gives the parents a scope to review the progress of their children. During the year regular parents-teachers meeting were organized to monitor the progress of the children in receiving primary education. During the year on every quarter one parents-teachers meeting was organized. In the whole year 4 parents-teachers meetings were organized. On a regular basis meetings were also organized with the local community to make them feel on the need of receiving primary education for their children. In the parents-teachers meeting the parents interacted with the teachers regarding the progress of their children.
Outcomes of the Program:
The outcomes of the program are highlighted below:-
160 needy and neglected children from the poor and vulnerable families have received primary education in an ideal atmosphere.
Removal of malnutrition of the malnourished and under-nourished children.
Proper physical and mental growth of the children.
Reduction in the primary school drop out rate.
Increase in child literacy rate.
Sensitization of the children on their rights.
Decrease in child labour in the area.
Growing positive attitude of the parents towards their children’s education.
Access of the poor children to regular health care facilities.
Provision of quality primary education among the poor children.