It is my pleasure to share our first report via Global Giving on the progress of our project to provide quality education to 300 children in Kishanganj district of Bihar.
Azad India Foundation is running learning centers in the selected villages of the district of Kishanganj, with 10 teachers and 350 children enrolled under Primary Education program. Most of the children are in the age-group 6-14 years. The teachers with regular capacity building trainings have become competent in teaching children. All the teachers are from the community as they understand the needs of the children better and take special care while teaching.Community members especially parents are happy and appreciate the fact that their children are learning. They support the centers in different ways like building and repairing the shed where classes take place.
We follow the state government syllabus up to class V at the learning centers as it will help children join the mainstream education. The methodology of teaching and learning is different from normal regular schools keeping in mind the need of the children of this area. Learning centers also impart gender sensitive education to girls. Also above 14 years girls who dropped out from schools due to various reasons are encouraged to rejoin the education at the learning centers at their own pace.
Our children especially girls have shown tremendous improvement in their learning levels. Azad India Foundation conducts monthly tests for the children through different means such as oral, board work, worksheets and games etc. and competencies are marked accordingly. Most of our children are in Level II, III and IV. To enhance the learning skills of the children Azad India Foundation has given small libraries at some of the centers with the books sourced from Pratham according to the children’s reading levels. Many activities are conducted to develop reading and writing skills of the children.
We are grateful to all our donors for their generous contributions. Do contribute to help us bring more disadvantaged children into the education program and please spread the word.
I am happy to share that Azad India Foundation's computer center at village Taiyabpur,Pothia block started functioning from the first week of March.The center was inaugrated by AIF Chairperson Mrs Sayeeda Banu and Member of Legislative Assembly Dr Md.Jawaid in the presence of community members and students.
At present 35 students have enrolled for the Basic Computer Application course in three batches.This is a first computer center functioning in one of the most interior villages of Pothia block of Kishanganj.There are many young students who have seen computer especially laptops for a first time let alone use them.More than half of those enrolled are girls who study in near by government schools in class VIII and above.The computer teacher is also from the community so that it become easier for the students to gain confidence.
Azad India Foundation is really thankful to all the donors and Global Giving for providing these young students with an opportunity to learn IT and keep pace with changing times.
News in local paper
Feb 4, 2015
Computer Education to Rural Children of Kishanganj
By Yuman Hussain - Project Leader
Dear Friends of Azad India Foundation,
On behalf of Azad India Foundation I would like to thank you all for generous donation via GlobalGiving. Azad India Foundation has raised $5675 to set up a computer center at Kishanganj.This is phenomenal considering the fact that we were really nervous and apprehensive whether we would be able to complete the challenge.But with the tremendous support and love we did it. Thanks once again.We sincerely hope that this support will continue in our future endeavors as well.
This computer center will start functioning at village Taiyabpur located more than 60 km from Kishanganj town. This will be the first full-fledged computer center in that rural area making IT accessible to the students studying in three high schools within 5-10 km radius. Azad India Foundation plans to introduce 3 months Basic Computer Application course to begin with and will introduce more courses in due course of time.