Seva Mandir helps village communities run Non Formal Education Centers (NFEs) to ensure quality education to out of school children. These NFEs also act as sites of providing experience of quality education to communities. These centers are often single-teacher schools offering education to out of school children up to class 3.
The total number of NFE’ s currently functioning for current financial year is 176 with an enrolment of 4714 students.
Every year there are 2 rounds of evaluations of the students –
· An yearly evaluation in March- April and
· Half yearly examination in Oct – Nov
To identify the progress of a child we have categorized four levels of their learning from 0 to 4. The levels are roughly equivalent to government classes. Level 0 is when a child enters the NFE and can barely read or write.
Level 1 is where s/he can read write small words and does simple counting; identify some numbers.
When a child can start reading writing and understanding simple texts, in Mathematics can do basic counting and simple operations like addition and subtraction with small numbers, she is placed in Level 2.
At level 3 a child can read, write and understand texts in language and in Mathematics understands concepts of multiplication, division, etc.
In the few months – (Jan – April 2008) – The yearly Evaluation of the children attending NFE centers was conducted for which the data entry is being under process. Around 3000 children had participated in this evaluation. We will keep our donors posted once the entry of the data is done.
Another encouraging news to share with our donors is that the NFE teachers (instructors) were given training in October 2007 to teach English language to the children attending NFE centers. A team of Seva Mandir has recently reported that these instructors have been able to successfully introduce English to these children at NFE.
The language English has been introduced because there has been a constant demand from the community and the Government Schools (where the children seek admissions after graduating from these NFE centers).
WE THANK ALL OUR RESOURCE PARTNERS FOR MAKING THE SCHOOLING POSSIBLE FOR THESE CHILDREN
There are several stories about children like Radhulal who have managed to get adimitted into Government Schools for further education. This has been possible for them because of the confidence and competence gained in these Non Formal Education Centers.
Greetings from Seva Mandir!
The results of the Giving Challenge - after the final audit for unique donations - have come in. Seva Mandir was ranked number 5, and therefore did not get the award of $ 50,000 (which went to the top 4 organizations only).
However, we did raise over $ 40,000 for our Children's Education Programme, due to the support of over 1500 friends like you. This will translate into roughly 1000 children being able to attend a non-formal education centre for one year.
Equally important to all of us at Seva Mandir has been the support itself - the Challenge helped us reconnect with hundreds of old friends and to be connected to several new well wishers - who donated without even knowing us well! Your vote of confidence means a great deal to us, and we hope to continue to do work worthy of all this trust and support.
So, a very big thank you to each one of you who contributed and helped us reach where we did. All of us at Seva Mandir are deeply touched and also re-energized.
We also hope that some of you may stay in touch. We will be grateful for any advice from you. And should any of you have occasion to visit Udaipur / us, we will be honoured to show you the work that you have helped happen.
With warm regards,
Udaipur - 313004,
Tel: +91-294-2450960 / 2451041 / 2452001
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
The America's Giving Challenge has helped made a difference in the lives of over 5000 rural school-going-age children of tribal communities. We are thankful to all of our donors and supporters for putting their faith in our work and in our mission.
On the 18th January 2008 three visitors from Netherlands visited the NFE Center of Kanpur village. The children were so enthusiastic to see them and read them a story written on the black-board.
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