In a region of largely tribal & uneducated population, this project aims to enable and support communities to educate all children thus achieving 100% enrollment & retention of kids for 10 years in school.
India Literacy Project (ILP) partnering with ChetnaVikas, an effective local NGO is working in 20 villages (Dumka district) allowing families to dream a better life via education/rights awareness, to show them that education is the best investment for their future & to live beyond serfdom.
Problem: 34% literacy rate forces villagers' urban migration, child labor & disrupt schooling
Demography: Saraiyahat block, Dumka district is very remote and backward (67% are tribal, 14% belong to scheduled caste) India as a country continues to grapple with the curse of casteism which puts these villagers' families at an inextricable disadvantage
Topography: poor monsoon and top soil allows little income from agriculture
Infrastructure:Schools are few, teachers are poorly trained/monitored
Pre-schools: teachers recruited, trained and new pre-schools created
Schools: Re-enroll children through campaigns, assess learning levels, provide learning material and train school committee members
Community awareness: Mothers committees and self help groups set up to promote a support group within villages and create more awareness amongst the mothers about educational benefits
Support: Better nutritional programs, health & rights awareness camps in the villages to help educate families
This project will help create a sustainable environment to:
Enable community and local bodies to own up the responsibility to educate all children irrespective of castes, creed or religion
Enable parents to find ways and methods to monitor the schools for better services and quality education
Enable children to have gained functional literacy and ideas on gaining self employment or private/public sector jobs
Through 3600 children (20 villages) the project will ripple across 260 more villages