Santanu of Samantarapur education centre
The Ruchika Social Service Organization involves setting up Remedial Education centers within the communities with a typical ratio of one school for every 200-300 families. Each school was running in a one-room school shed, has 20-25 children spanning grade levels 1-5 and about 20 children of grade 6 to 8 with an age distribution from 6-14 years. The teachers have been following curriculum at-par to formal Government schools. A total number of 2250 slum children are studying in our education centers.
All necessary steps were taken to mainstream all children into Government schools. We have sent 235 children as soon as they are ready. The teacher conducted parent counseling and community meetings. To ensure maximum attendance of the children in the school the teachers were regularly meeting the school teachers and working with school management committees.
The end line evaluation was conducted by Indus Learning Solutions, New Delhi in view of Blooms Taxonomy. A sample of 387 children appeared the test. In addition competency tests has been completed in all remedial centres to assess the proficiency of the children. In addition, teachers training was conducted to build up the capacity of the remedial teachers to address the exact problem of the students.
The impact of the project is widespread. In Maître Vihar Government Project school, the District Inspector of Schools has accepted one of our teachers to work in the school and teach our innovative methods to the government school teachers. This has been done on an experimental basis. The children who are studying in the remedial education centres are doing very well in both academic and co-curricular field as per the report of the school teachers. This year drop out has reduced to only 5 % because of our intensive intervention in the targeted slums.
We are experimenting a new strategy of education viz. Friendship Education. This enables the children to learn at faster rate without any fear factor. This has been accepted by the children and has proved its impact in the field. We are planning to replicate the strategy in all fields.
We sincerely express our heartfelt gratitude to our supporters for their magnanimous gesture towards the children living in oppressed and deprived of their minimum basic right to go to school.
We all understand that the children are our future and it is our duty to address their needs. Here is the question of 3000 slum and working children who tear down their childhood gloomy family condition and are often ignored and disregarded by the government programs. Let us join hands to make their dream sweeter with remedial education. We have a miles to go ahead together.