Education
 India
Project #15692

Educate 406 school dropout children in rural India

by Light of Life Trust

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.

 

         


Attachments:

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

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 October to December 2014, a total of 45 interactive empowerment lead weekend workshops on varied topics were conducted in all the Anando centers in Jalna District with a focus on enhancing beneficiaries communication skills, developing positive thinking & confidence with sensitivity to absorb moral values to make life meaningful & joyful. The beneficiaries also received valuable tips on effective handwriting, and how to capably work with limited resources through an activity undertaken with material discarded by others.

Group work ensures high level of participation and reduces the chances of absenteeism amongst children. Several group work sessions were organized with 3 groups of children to reduce absenteeism. 

In the month of October 2014 the beneficiaries were involved in Project Making and Greeting Card making activity since it was the Diwali (Hindu New Year) Vacation in schools and children had time on hand. This activity helped children to showcase their creative abilities as well as satisfy their curiosity regarding the topics selected.

In the month of November 2014, Sports day activities were conducted with children of each centre emphasizing on the fact that playing is equally important to keep self lively and energetic.

In this quarter 8 parent meetings were organized with the objective of enhancing parenting skills. Focus was on ensuring productive communication between parents and children, a rare phenomenon seen in rural families. Post the meetings beneficiaries shared that parents have started showing respect to them and they observed that their parents wanted to listen to what they had to say. This indicates that parents are applying their  learnings during the meetings.

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


Attachments:

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.

The new academic year 2014 -15 commenced in the last week of June 2014 and in order to ensure that lack of education material does not become a cause for beneficiaries to drop out of school, every new academic year LOLT provides each beneficiary with education material comprising of a set of text books, notebooks, compass box, school bag and uniform. This distribution is undertaken through a programme planned and conducted at each centre level in the presence of the beneficiaries, their parents, their school principals, teachers. Parents and beneficiaries are sensitized to the objectives behind the provision of education material and their responsibilities are clearly spelt out in order to ensure that the said material is optimally used by the beneficiaries.  In this year the Education Material Distribution Programme was organized in all the Centres in Jalna district in the month of July 2014 as per the schedule below: 

At the Education material Districution Programme the LOLT team emphasized on the main objectives behind the Anando programme and the expectation from parents in the development of the beneficiaries.    

In the month of July 2014 the Mahacharcha Programme was organized for Std X students in Jalna District. The SSC results for the year 2013 -14 were declared in June 2014  and the top ranking students and their parents were invited to the Mahacharcha programme to share their experiences and strategies that helped them perform well in the state level SSC exam with the new batch of students and their parents who would appear for this crucial exam in this new academic year. Through this programme a lot of motivation and encouragement is provided to the new batch of students as they begin preparations for this crucial exam.   

(Chart & Photographs attached as pdf file )


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Organization Information

Light of Life Trust

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