Education
 India
Project #15692

Educate school dropout children in rural India

by Light of Life Trust
Vetted

Two of our main programmes organized in this quarter (January - March 16) were events that focussed on the innate talents of our beneficiaries and their parents. These programmes are planned at this time of the year as weather wise it is much cooler and the programmes are undertaken in open spaces, availability of parents is higher and beneficiaries enjoy this creative space before they begin their studies for teh annual exams in earnest. 

Bal Kala Mahotsav

The annual talent programme - Bal Kala Mahotsav was organized for Anando beneficiaries of Jalna District on 09th January 2016. In all six competitions were organized: rangoli making, drama, solo singing, solo dance, group dance, essay writing. 75% of the beneficiaries participated enthusiastically in the programme. The Bal Kala Mahotsav had a tremendous impact on the children, their parents and teachers. The enthusiasm of parents seen now is far different from the earlier days when the same parents were totally against their daughters dancing on stage, working with boys together, travelling from one place to another like this, etc. This visible shift in parents thought process is a huge achievement for the LOLT Team in Jalna District. 

Palak Melava

Objectives:

  • To give parents an opportunity to enjoy a day in their lives without tension.
  • To showcase their talents
  • To give the parents the responsibility to organize the event for themselves.

Parents took on the total responsibility of organizing the Palak Melawa, along with music system, Pandal and lunch for all the participating parents. This was a great achievement for Jalna District as it showcased the impact of all the efforts of the team over the last 4 years. Parents participated in all the activities with great enthusiasm and joy.

The impact of the programme was –

  • Parents enjoyed the day making the LOLT team feel they have fulfilled the objective of the programme.
  • Some games organized during the Melawa created a feeling of competition amongst the parents and made the winning team parents strengthen their commitment to the group.
  • During the question & answer session, parents participated with full enthusiasm which at some point, made the team feel that they were conducting the activity with children.
  • During the whole programme, there was a great response from the parents.
  • During the feedback it was found that all the parents had really enjoyed the sessions and activities. They commented that for the first time they felt that they were still in their childhood
  • Schools teachers were surprised to see the performance of the parents.
  • Most of the parents had attended the program missing out on their daily wages as they felt that they had to be present in such a programme.

The activities organized during the Palak Melawa were a combination of group and individual based games like - making a home out of available resources, talent show, singing folk songs, playing musical chairs, how many biscuits can one eat in a minute.                              


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Jyotsna* (name changed) - Std IX , Jalna District

There are six members in Jyotsna’s family comprising of her parents, two older sisters, one older brother & herself. Her parents are not interested in any of their children’s well-being. Her mother forces them to go to work on daily wages so that the family can survive.

Jyotsna the youngest child in the family is a quiet, withdrawn girl. Her parents are uneducated. They do not get along with one another and are always fighting & arguing. The older siblings are not so affected with this constant fighting but being the youngest Jyotsna is highly affected by the vile environment at home.

Though she was attending the weekend empowerment workshops she was not attending the SFSEP classes at all since the last two months. When she was asked about it she shared that due to a big fight at home she was not living at home anymore but was residing with her uncle in another village. 

Her parents initially refused to meet the social worker during home visits both jointly and individually. After continuous follow ups and attempts to talk to them at length slowly one by one inroads were made with both the parents. Her mother has understood the need for her to be more supportive towards Jyotsna and has started making the efforts of rekindling her relationship with her husband and her children. Her father is still aloof but is more receptive than before.

After three months of continuous efforts the team has achieved success in reuniting Jyotsna with her parents. She has moved back to her parents’ home and has begun to attend the SFSEP classes regularly.

LOLT team continues to work with her parents to sort out issues ailing their relationship for the betterment of the entire family and its progress

LOLT supports 1700 beneficiaries like Jyotsna towards their holistic development which will enable them to break free of the generational cycle of poverty across five districts in rural areas in Maharashtra & Madhya Pradesh, India 


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Light of Life Trust

Project Anando – Jalna District

Report: July to October 2015

 

     Programmes/activities organized in this period:

Weekend Empowerment Workshops : In this reporting period a total of 66 workshops were conducted with the beneficiaries across all the centres. Average attendance of beneficiaries was 76 %. The following subjects were covered during this period:

  1. Effective techniques of writing exam papers.
  2. I can do many things for my village even in my childhood
  3. Vachal tar vachal (if you read you will be saved)
  4. Roles and Responsibilities
  5. Ambition and action
  6. Effective communication

 

      Parent Meetings

In this reporting period 12 parent meetings across all the centres were undertaken with the following objectives:

  • To make parents aware about the importance of the student friendly supplementary education programme and classes held in English & Maths on a daily basis.  
  • To look at parents own dreams for their children and how to work towards supporting their children to meet their goals
  • To help them clearly identify their responsibilities and ways to meet them

 

       Mahacharcha Programme

The programme was conducted for the Std X students of all centres in the month of July 2015 where ranker students and parents of the 2014 – 15 Std X batch were honored for their excellent performance and were invited to share their experiences to achieve the success. The students who are currently preparing for the Std X exams and their parents were motivated through this programme.

 

Celebration of Special festivals: Rakshabandhan

In the month of September the festival of Rakshabandhan was celebrated at all centres. The objective of this programme was to build the feeling of being part of a family. This festival focuses on the brother- sister relationship and its significance and importance in our lives. The girls tie a rakhi (a beautifully designed thread) on the wrist of the boys to emphasize on the relationship and responsibility of the boy to look after the girl like a sister through all ups and downs of life.

Raniy Picnic

Beneficiaries of all the centres enjoyed the picnic organized for them in the month of September 2015.   They participated in various individual & team fun games organized for them by the LOLT team. The food was prepared by the beneficiaries themselves at the picnic spot. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

      

        Light of Life Trust Team – Capacity Building Training Programme

In the month of October 2015 a Capacity Building Training programme for the Jalna Team (both       Anando & SFSEP) members was conducted. The main objectives were 

  • To instill the core values of  integrity, passion, trust, respect, commitment & Joy in the
  • To look at ways in which to achieve, maintain & develop ‘participation’ of Target Audience    

             (Child and Parent)

        Visit of LOLT CEO to Jalna District

Light of Life Trust’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Pradeep Koppikar along with the CEO Mr. Todakar Anna from Prayay Organization a NGO working in Aurangabad visited Jalna District in the month of September. The visiting team interacted with the students, parents & school authorities and received a very positive and good response from them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Light of Life Trust

Project Anando – Jalna District

Report: April to July 2015

New Enrollment:

With the new academic year beginning in the month of June 2015 the Anando team started the process of new enrolment of beneficiaries. The process was duly completed by the middle of month of May. The social workers collated the list of students received from school authorities and community members. A visit was undertaken to each child’s home in order to collect and verify available information. Once all the details were analyzed and assessed each case was presented to the senior members of the team and the final list of selected beneficiaries were finalized. In all 210 needy students homes were visited by the team of which 160 children were finally enrolled to the project.   

 

 

Weekend Workshops : (personality development and aspiration building pogramme)

The topics Positive thinking,Self-Development and Discipline were covered during the workhops held in this period. In the month of April only two workshops were held due to final exams of the beneficiaries & in the month of May no workshops were held due to summer vacations. The Baseline assessment tests for all Anando beneficiaries have been undertaken in the month of June- July 2015.   

 

Overall average attendance across all the centres was 94%. Children are now more aware about the importance of self-discipline and the need to maintain self-discipline in day to day life both in school and at home. Regular meditation sessions have helped students to maintain their mental health & hygiene. Some of the students shared that they are now better able to concentrate and their attention levels have increased.

 

 

Special Programmes:

 

Summer Vacation Programme

The Summer Vacation Programme was organized and conducted at all Centers in Jalna District from 1st June 2015 to 10th June 2015. Every child enjoyed the week long activities like Rangoli making, English speaking, mehndi application, Self-defense Training, etc. Drama, Speech, Dance, and Craft were areas focussed on over 10 days of the programme.

 

Educational   Material   Distribution Programme – Jalna District for the year 2015-2016

 

Objectives:

  • To provide educational material to Anando children in order to support them to continue their education
  • To provide educational material to Anando children for their academic development
  • To provide educational material to Anando Children so that they will not be forcefully or willingly go on work to earn money for their educational needs.

 

Centre - Gevrai Bazar:

The Education Material Distribution Programme was conducted for 68 Anando beneficiaries for the year 2015-2016 In Gevrai bazar center the main guests were President Kakarao Kanhare of the Shivaji High School Gevrai Bazar, the Sarpanch and Local Gram Panchayat staff and Mrs. Deshmukh, Headmistress, of the school.                              

 

Centre – Mantha I & II:

The Education Material Distribution Programme was organized for 130 Anando beneficiaries of both the centres. The Chief Guest Mr. Babuji Tiwari ( a local journalist) said that to decrease the ratio of absenteeism and dropout rate from school the responsibility of the parents towards their children must increase. All the parents were really inspired by the programme and both children and parents were happy as they received the education material at the right time of the year.

 

Centre : Nutan Vasahat

The Education Material Distribution Programme was organized for the 65 Anando beneficiaries for the academic year 15-16. The main guest for this programme was President Mr. Babujirao Satkar  from Satkar High School and its Principal.

 

Baseline Assessment : Pre Test

In the month of June 2015 each beneficiary undertook two baseline tests as pre - test:

  1. To measure the development of their personalities – HSPQ (High School Personality Questionnaire)
  2. To measure their academic progress in the 3R’s. (Reading, Writing & Arithmetic)

Post tests will be administered at the end of the academic year and an analysis undertaken of the same.

 

Parent Meeting

In the last Quarter 12 Parent Meetings were undertaken across the 4 centres in Jalna District with the following objectives:

  • To regularly update parents on the development in their child.
  • To discuss problems faced by adolescent children and discuss methods on how to deal with the same.
  • To make them aware about their roles and responsibilities as parents.
  • To motivate parents to actively participate in all activities.
  • To make them aware about the importance of the child's feelings & how to provide effective guidance and environment at home.
  • To discuss the attendance levels of the children in workshops as well as SFSEP classes.

 

         


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Light of Life Trust (LOLT) initiated Project Anando in 2005. Enlisted by GlobalGiving.org in November 2013 LOLT has been regularly receiving donations from generous donors believing in our cause and joining hands with us towards our efforts at meeting our vision. The funds mobilized through GlobalGiving.org was for the beneficiaries of Project Anando in Jalna District (Marathwada Region), Maharashtra State, India.

 

In the months of January to March 2015, the following programmes/ activities were successfully conducted with the beneficiaries under Project Anando, Jalna District.

 

  1. In all 48 weekend empowerment workshops on varied topics were conducted in all the Anando centers in Jalna District. In this quarter the topics/issues covered through the workshops were gender equality, self – confidence & stress management.  Keeping the approaching annual examination in mind workshops sessions in the month of March focused on methods for effective studies and the importance of reading in one’s life.
  2. In this given period 251 home visits were made to the homes of the beneficiaries to intercat with the parents & children jointly, discuss areas of concern and arrive at mutually suitable solutions in order to ensure the develomnet of the beneficiary.
  3. Group work sessions were organized with Std X (SSC Exam) students to motivate them to concentrate more on the upcoming crucial exams and to study in a planned and systematic manner for better results.  
  4. Parent Meetings : in this period 12 parent meetings were organized in Jalna District with the aim to increase the positive and constructive contribution of parents in the developmental process of their children.
  5. Bal Kala Mahotsav: The annual talent competition for Anando beneficiaries was conducted for Jalna District on 14th February 2015 were 75% of the beneficiaries participated with great enthusiasm. This programme provides a platform to the beneficiaries to show case their talents in art, drama, dance, elocution etc. This years a total of six competitions were planned – rangoli making, solo dancing, group dancing, drama, solo singing, essay writing. Parents were present in large numbers to see their children perform and win prizes. In one of our parents words – ‘ the Bal Kala Mahotsav has not changed our children alone, it has changed our perception too, because of LOLT we could see our children on such a big stage, I experience great pride when I see my daughter performing on this stage today, I am proud that I have a daughter’.   This enthusiasm of parents seen today is far different from the beginning days when the same parents were totally against their daughters dancing on stage, their daughters working with boys together, travelling from one place to another like this, etc. This visible shift in parents thought process is a huge achievement for the LOLT Team in Jalna District.The Bal Kala Mahotsav has also helped strengthened networking with school headmasters, teachers, local community members, etc.
  6. Sphurti Programme: This programme was organized for Std X (SSC) student beneficiaries to cope with difficulties in various subjects in the month of February 2015. The students were given guidance by expert teachers in the following subjects - Science, Maths & Social Studies. Simple methods for better understanding were shared with the students during this programme. Sessions on surmounting fear of exams and planning of studies were also taken for the students to help them prepare for the exams more effectively.

 All the beneficiaries enrolled under Project Anando for the academic year 2014-15 in Jalna District continue to get the help as envisaged under the project to enable them to complete their secondary school education for 1 to 3 years, depending upon the class/grade in which they are currently studying.

Details about our events are posted on our website - www.lightoflifetrustindia.org

 

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Light of Life Trust

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
Website: http:/​/​www.lightoflifetrustindia.org
Project Leader:
Kamal Damania
Mumbai, Maharashtra India

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