RSSO believes that the most basic education instills a sense of confidence, purpose, and insight that is necessary for successful and productive participation in any society. Without at least functional literacy, children and adults lack the ability to adequately support themselves in a legitimate profession or trade and thus often fall prey to all forms of exploitation, corruption, and abuse. Education it firmly believes is the one and only catalyst to improve the status of children, to give them a chance to improve their livelihood in the future and advance them an opportunity to upward social mobility. Therefore, RSSO seeks to ensure that a quality school education is imparted to all children within our target group of street and slum children.
During the intervention period we basically worked with four groups – Children, community, schools teachers and education department.
An assessment was conducted by Indus Learning Solutions Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi on the students learning in our remedial centres. It has taken a sample of about 350 children as Experimental Group and around 100 children as Control Group (the children not covered under the remedial education program). The base line as well as end line assessment was conducted by that organization. Following is the result of End line assessment
a) Overall learning levels of grade 3 EG (Experimental Group) students in the End Line improved by 24% and 28% in Math and English respectively.
b) Overall learning levels of grade 5 EG (Experimental Group) students in the End line improved by 28% and 32% in Math and English respectively.
c) Overall learning levels of grade 7 EG (Experimental Group) students in the End Line improved by 12% and 35% in Math and English respectively.
Due to our continuous community intervention following achievements have been made.
1044 out of 2446 children (0-5yrs.) are in also in preschool centres.
As per the survey report (40 slums)
Achievement in Other Areas
a) Upward education development of slum children.
The Indus result shows an upward academic development of slum children. This needs to retained in future. The methodologies needs to be replicated into scale.
b) Conducive slum environment
To some extend the slums are cooperative to send the children in to the schools. However we have a stipulated number of children out of school who needs to be enrolled in the school system.
c) Sensitive teachers
The teachers are now became trained to achieve academic proficiency of the children. However then need to acquire knowledge to mobilize the community to achieve RTE. In addition then need to learn some counseling strategy to motivate the drop out and out of school students.
d) Establishment of CPS deptt.
It is a big achievement to establish a CP S Deptt. In the organization. The department is helping all education program of the organization. The Unit is also growing and now the organization has started documentation of the education success stories and preparing methodologies of the teaching. This also has been able to sought out the academic issues of the children and teachers to some extent.
e) The enrollment of students has increased by 30 %
f) The dropout rate has reduced by 278 %
g) School Management Committees have been formed in all schools
h) The Private schools have started taking admission of underprivillaged children as per the provision of RTE.
i) Now the government schools are admitting the children at any age and even without any certificate as education is the fundamental right of every child.
Different funding agencies have started putting their interest to support the endeavor of Ruchika by supporting the Remedial education project. As a new agency, Tech- Mahindra Foundation has started its support to the endeavor from October 2012.
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