Education
 India
Project #1877

Send a Child in India to School for a Year

by Seva Mandir
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Children at our Education Center
Children at our Education Center

Dear Friends,

I am writing to you today to share some news about a wonderful accomplishment for the Seva Mandir Education Program. After being on the verge of having to close down our successful NFE primary schools, we are happy to announce that the Government of Rajasthan has officially legalized them as education centers. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, implemented by the Indian Government in 2009, has demonstrated progress in the rights based approach to ensuring education for all.  However, under this act, one-size-fits-all criteria were set out for what constitutes a “school” such as, number of classrooms, toilet facilities, and level of teacher qualification.  Our primary schools, which do not meet this criterion but deliver a top quality education to over 5,000 of the region’s most impoverished children every year,faced closure.

It took the Seva Mandir family over 2 years of hard work to save the program and ensure the continued education of the children in our work area.  We carried out a study that found that 49% of children are still out of school in the remote areas where Seva Mandir schools operate.  We lobbied intensely, arguing that despite the Government’s promise of education for all, Seva Mandir is vital and necessary until the State can deliver on that promise.  Finally, just days ago, the Government provided us a chance to prove our work.  4 teams of Government officials conducted random surprise checkups on 11 of our NFE centers. 10 out of 11 were open, and after full day observations the officials concluded that the learning levels in our schools were significantly above those found in Government schools.  Furthermore, the officials praised our schools’ efficiency, and recognized the fact that we are doing more than Government with fewer inputs. As a result of their experience on the ground, and after vetting our curriculum and teaching material, the State of Rajasthan has legalized our NFEs by according them the status of Special Training Centers (STCs).  In concluding meetings, officials resolved that if society was so accepting of the program then it was important for the government to follow suit. As our NFE schools are now legitimized we can continue to provide the neediest and most marginalized children with a quality education.  This is a tremendous achievement for Seva Mandir and all of our wonderful supporters. Thank you for contributing to this success and for your continued support!

If you wish to continue your support for the education of children in southern Rajasthan, on June 12th Global Giving’s Bonus Rewards Day will allow you to make an even bigger difference. By matching your donation by 50%, your contribution will go that much further to ensuring the education that all children deserve.

Warm regards,

Deepti

 

 

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Our instructors pay close attention to each child.
Our instructors pay close attention to each child.

Dear Friends,

This year, your support has helped nearly 6,000 children go to school this year! Below, you’ll find a brief report on how our Shiksha Kendra (SK – formally known as the Non-Formal Education) project has done this year (March ’12 – April ’13). Our staff have been working hard with local communities to increase access to, and the quality of, education and to persuade parents that giving their children, especially girls, an education is in everyone’s long-term interest.  In truth, this is a tough battle – a recent survey in 14 of some of our most remote and impoverished villages concluded that 53% of the children (aged 6-14) are not enrolled in school. In fact, 36% of them have never even attended a single day of school. It is in this context that we are working to provide schooling for the thousands of out-of-school children in southern Rajasthan.

Introduction: 

Seva Mandir currently runs 173 Shiksha Kendras (SKs) in the 5 blocks (subdivisions of a district) we work in. These schools offer a primary education that is catered to out-of-school children. The majority of these children are first-generation learners, meaning their parents have never gone to school. The main goal of the SKs is to provide a quality education that enables children to confidently and smoothly transition into government schools.

Some key figures for this year are:

  • 5,791 children attended the SKs
  • 44% of the students are girls
  • One-third of the students are newly enrolled, marking a great success in our ability to reach out to convince local parents to enroll their children
  • 110 more children are attending the SKs as compared to last year.

Progress in Learning:

In order to monitor the progress of the children, we conduct a standardized test twice a year. The learning levels have been categorized from 0-3, and roughly corresponding to government classes. While we still have not conducted the final test for this year, a comparison of our latest midterm exam with last year’s results shows significant progress. The proportion of children in Levels 2 and 3 increased by 15%, reflecting the greater efficacy of our teachers who have been receiving continuous training.

Enrollment in Government Schools:

As mentioned in the introduction, the main goal of the SKs is to get children enrolled into government schools once their basic competencies in Hindi and math have been achieved.  This year, 1,114 children from our Shiksha Kendras were mainstreamed into government schools. About two-thirds of these children were accepted into Classes 5 and 6, which is a strong indicator that our instructors are effective teachers.

Investing in our Instructors:

Nearly all the instructors at the SKs are local community members who often belong to the same village they work in. Most of our instructors have only studied up to 8th or 9th class, so Seva Mandir provides regular and rigorous training to enhance their capabilities and skills. This year there were 28 training sessions held in all five blocks.

In addition, 8 Seva Mandir staff members participated in a two-week teacher exchange program with an NGO in the Netherlands, where they received new ideas on how to make changes and improvements with concrete, long-term plans.

Conclusion:

As you can see, this year has shown an improvement in enrollment and quality of education received at the Shiksha Kendras. The Shiksha Kendra model has been incredibly successful in integrating hundreds of well-trained children into government schools. The ambition of this project is matched only by the commitment of our staff, who are working tirelessly to create a much-needed revolution in education in our region.

Please feel free to comment and/or rate our report, your feedback means everything to us!

On behalf of all of our staff, instructors, and the thousands of children you are helping, I would like to sincerely thank you for your commitment to our cause!

With regards,

Deepti

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Picture of Losing Dhana School
Picture of Losing Dhana School

Dear Friends,

Through your support of Seva Mandir's Send a Child in India to School for a Year Program, children such as Roshan, pictured in the yellow shirt, are given an opportunity that they may otherwise never get, to develop a love of learning.

Roshan studied at Losing Dhana Shiksha Kindra (previously known as Non Formal Education Centre) from the age of seven. He is now 12 years old and attends secondary school in Level 9. He loves learning and likes Hindi, Maths and English. The impact of the SK (Shiksha Kendra) does not stop with Roshan, however. His father is a labourer who fits water pipes so he is away from home a great deal; he encourages Roshan to go to school and has even said he will punish him if he does not attend - an indication of how much he values education for his son. Although his parents are not literate Roshan reads with his younger brother who is currently studying in the SK; he wants to encourage him to progress in school as well.

Thanks to your support of Seva Mandir's SKs, children like Sanjay who face numerous disadvantages that might keep them from ever attending school have the opportunity to receive an education and encourage their brothers, sisters and fellow community members to do the same. In this way, the impact of the Shiksha Kendras are felt beyond the walls of the classroom and create ripples of change for their whole community.

With your support, Seva Mandir hopes to create communities where every child has the opportunity to develop a love of learning. We thank you for your support of this program and children like Roshan.

Best wishes.

Deepti

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You supported education of 6,003 rural children
You supported education of 6,003 rural children

Wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!

Thank you for your continued support to our project ‘Send a Child in India to School for a Year’.

With your support we are about to begin a new year and are excited about the hopes and challenges it will bring. And at this yearend, we would like to share half yearly progress report of this project. We have attached the progress report for you to know how exactly YOUR support is creating real change. Below is the snapshot of the progress report:

  • Currently 177 Rural Schools or Shiksha Kendras (SKs) are reaching out to 6,003 children.
  • In the last six months 1,946 (32%) children were newly enrolled and of these 48% are girls.
  • In a recent in-house survey, we found that 53% children are out of school. Of these 36% children have never been to a school.
  • In May 2012, a total of 4,696 children appeared for the annual evaluation. 1,080 (23%) children reached to Level 3. Once children reach to level 3, it means they have achieved basic competencies   in Hindi and Mathematics. They are encouraged to enroll in government school
  • During the reporting period 1,139 children were enrolled in government schools to continue their further studies. Of these 61% children got admission in class 5 & class 6.

We are able to make these progresses because of YOU.

And in this holiday season you can help us make more exciting progresses by doubling the impact of your donations.

From December 1, 2012 at 12:01 am ET and December 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm ET, Global giving has created a ‘Recurring Donation Campaign’ where all the recurring donations made by you will be matched up to $100 per donor per project. We request you to sign up to a monthly donation by clicking on recurring donation of an amount that you can afford and help us to make such more progresses in coming new year.

We look forward to your support and thoughts on this report. Once again, wish you a very happy holiday season to you and your family. 

Best wishes,

Deepti

Drawing made by a student.
Drawing made by a student.
All the best for Holiday Season
All the best for Holiday Season

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You send so many children to school every day
You send so many children to school every day

Hello Friends,

I am here again to share with you happiness, light and tranquility on this Diwali from over 5,000 tribal children who you send to school every day in our area.

Diwali is a festival of lights and candles. It symbolizes the fact that there is more good in us than bad and that we all have to keep working on it. This is what you have been doing for all these children by ensuring quality education and inspiring their teachers to keep engage with their students in joyful learning. The problems in this world are endless, the struggles break us down everyday and yet we all come together to support each other. This is the message we bring from all the children and teachers from our area.

Happy Diwali to all of you and we also wish you a great year ahead.

With warm regards,

Deepti

P..S. Find more about Diwali here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali

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Seva Mandir

Location: Udaipur, Rajasthan - India
Website: http:/​/​www.sevamandir.org
Project Leader:
Priyanka Singh
Executive Director
Udaipur, Rajasthan (INDIA) India

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