The project continues to work toward its target of maximum enrolment of school age children and higher completion rates of primary level schooling. In order to help them to do this the project team gather information on their activities as well as the results of these activities. This allows us to evaluate what is working and what needs changing.
We are really happy the way the project is progressing.
• 927 children in the project area enrolled in primary school this academic year. This is a significant increase since the team first started their work.• The project provided 1,044 of the poorest children with study material. This includes notebooks, bags, books, stationary and geometry boxes. They would not have got these without the project and its supporters. • 246 local teachers were trained in the latest teaching methods. Creative and interactive class room exercises are the best way to engage children’s interest, keep them in school and out of hazardous child labour. As part of the training, teachers were brought to an award winning school to see an example of these classroom methods at work. • In three months the mobile library van visited 36 schools in 25 villages. 1152 children borrowed some of the 625 books on offer. This will be the only opportunity many of these children will have to access such reading material. • Work on digital classrooms has started in five schools in the area. The classrooms will provide laptops, interactive whiteboards and LCD projectors.
The Karuna Trust is working towards keeping 10,000 kids in education in the region of Sangamner, Maharashtra, India. One crucial aspect of achieving our goal is making sure that children’s learning environments are engaging as possible.
Traditional teaching styles in India often use out-dated rote learning methods. This style of teaching is boring and leaves many children struggling to keep up. Faced with an uninspiring class room experience and difficulty meeting grades, many children drop out of school to work in unskilled manual labour jobs.
Modern teaching techniques take advantage of participative and engaging classroom methods. Children are inspired to learn and as a result gain better grades. As part of the project we train hundreds of pre and primary school teachers in participative classroom practices that keep children engaged and interested.
Here you will find some of the pictures from our latest teacher training day.
Karuna works to get 10,000 kids into education in Mahrashtra, India. Vital to our goal is that all sections of the villages we work in are behind the education of their children. This includes parents, teachers, village elders and government officials. Often children are taken from school as a result of financial pressure felt by parents. It costs money to send a child to school. There is also the lost income a child would have earned had they been working.
Karuna and our project partners have addressed this issue by giving the communities they work in new skills to gain safe employment. The project leaders run 200 women's Self Help Group's in which members are taught skills to secure better paid alternative employment. Skills learnt include sewing, basic banking and financial skills and running a small business. The self help groups also run a savings and loan scheme for group members. In the last 6 months of the project 144 loans have been given for alternative employment purposes to group members.
With the money gained from the wages earned, families can afford to keep their children out of menial labour and in school.
Here are some of the the latest images from our project to help 10 000 kids escape poverty and child labour in India. The images show the children on a student enrollment rally designed to encourage other kids to enroll and complete their education. Major factors affecting early drop rates from school in India are child labour and early marriage. The project team work to raise awareness amidst the whole community on the benefits of keeping their children in education. By involving the whole community the project team successfully kept thousands of kids in education that otherwise would not be.
Here is an extract from the last 3 months of activities, and some pictures of what has been done in the schools.
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Apart from above 697 children, enrolled in first standard, additional 230 children enrolled in other classes i.e. 2nd to 7th standards. Thus total 927 children enrolled in schools.
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