What's new:   Annual Report 2017-18

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Working With the Community

We believe that the families and community members play a crucial role in paving the way for their child's future and ultimately in defining who the child will become later on in his/her life.

For children from marginalized communities, the role of the community members and families become even more important. It is essential that the community members, families, members of the formal community institutions are all aware of their roles and responsibilities in their children's education process. We connect with the community on numerous levels to ensure that the community is sensitized and mobilized and ensures the educational rights and entitlements of children and supports the proper functioning of schools and anganwadi centres.

495

Villages

388

Active School Management Committees (SMCs)

180

SMCs Received Training on Roles and Responsibilities

315

Active Mata
Samitis

280

Mata Samitis Received Training on Roles and Responsibilities

136

Child Protection Committees

904

Edu-
volunteers

Connecting with the Teacher

Our work with the community majorly happens at four levels:

Formal Institutions:

We work with the members of formal institutions such as School Management Committees, Child Protection Committees, Mothers Groups etc. to ensure that they understand their roles and responsibilities, facilitate school and anganwadi governance, ensure smooth functioning of the same and influence relevant government structures for effective delivery of educational services and ensure child protection in their areas. We also mobilize the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) to make education a central component of the community's development agenda and to bring in appropriate resources for the education of the children.

Families:

We sensitize the families to recognize the importance of quality education and to provide defined learning spaces within the house and the community for the children to study. We help them understand that children need to go to a school and not accompany them to work. Special interventions are also carried out in instances where parents are unwilling to send their children, especially girls, to schools or are in a hurry to get their under-age girls married.

Volunteers:

Community members make excellent volunteers, mostly because they relate to the children more closely than external volunteers and also because they realize that their children are the future of their community. We have created a cadre of local volunteers (Edu-volunteers) to promote education and act as change agents in steering the education scenario at the village level, be it managing the Treasure Houses, running the supplementary centres or just being role models for other girls and boys in their village and supporting them to continue their education and go to schools.

Role Model Adolescent Girls:

This group contains a number of girls who are groomed as leaders to lead the girl-child education and lifeskill education scenario in their respective villages and take lead in mentoring other adolescent girls through Life Skill Education. They are proactive and support the adolescent girls in a number of ways be it providing supplementary classes, awareness on life-skill education, organizing regular meetings to identify any issues related to protection, violence, trafficking etc. and finding solutions for the same .

This group also, whenever necessary, approaches the concerned authorities to take necessary actions for protection of girls in the area. They support Mothers Committees in conducting meetings and identifying issues around pre-schools as well.

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