Slum children turned in to little scientists
RSSO believes that the most basic education instills a sense of confidence, purpose, and insight that is necessary for successful and productive participation in any society. Without at least functional literacy, children and adults lack the ability to adequately support themselves in a legitimate profession or trade and thus often fall prey to all forms of exploitation, corruption, and abuse. Education it firmly believes is the one and only catalyst to improve the status of children, to give them a chance to improve their livelihood in the future and advance them an opportunity to upward social mobility. Therefore, RSSO seeks to ensure that a quality school education is imparted to all children within our target group of street and slum children.
- 1. Activities and Achievements
During the intervention period we basically worked with four groups – Children, community, schools teachers and education department.
An assessment was conducted by Indus Learning Solutions Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi on the students learning in our remedial centres. It has taken a sample of about 350 children as Experimental Group and around 100 children as Control Group (the children not covered under the remedial education program). The base line as well as end line assessment was conducted by that organization. Following is the result of End line assessment
a) Overall learning levels of grade 3 EG (Experimental Group) students in the End Line improved by 24% and 28% in Math and English respectively.
b) Overall learning levels of grade 5 EG (Experimental Group) students in the End line improved by 28% and 32% in Math and English respectively.
c) Overall learning levels of grade 7 EG (Experimental Group) students in the End Line improved by 12% and 35% in Math and English respectively.
Due to our continuous community intervention following achievements have been made.
- Basti Education Committees have been formed in all the targeted slums.
- 72 % of children have been enrolled in the government schools as per the survey report 2012. (3294 out of 4567 in 40 slums) However enrolment drive is still going on.
- Sex ratio in school government schools- More girls have enrolled than boys – 1633 Boys & 1661 Girls in 40 slums.
- Drop out has been noticeably checked this year. This year only 282 Boys & 211 Girls have dropped out from the schools which is only 13 % in comparison to 40 last year.
- 19 out of 59 Differently abled children going to school of which 17 come to remedial centres.
1044 out of 2446 children (0-5yrs.) are in also in preschool centres.
As per the survey report (40 slums)
- Enrolment has increased and Drop out reduced by 27 %. Only 493 or 13 % during 2011-12. Normally it is about 40 %.
- School Management Committees has been formed in all the targeted schools.
- Average attendance in the school has increased. At present it is 72 %
- RSSO teachers are allowed to help school teachers in the schools.
- School teachers were learning innovative methods from the RSSO teachers.
- Children admitted in age appropriate classes.
- Transfer certificate / birth certificates were not compulsory for admission of children.
- Over 50 children from slum have been admitted in private schools through free
- 19 differently abled children were in the government schools.
Achievement in Other Areas
- Ms. Usha Padhi, IAS, Commissioner Cum Secretary, Deptt. Of School and Mass Education, Govt. of Odisha and Sri Narayan Chandra Jena, Director, Madhyamika Sikhya Parishad, Govt. of Odisha graced the occasion as Chief Guest in Science Exhibition demonstrated by the little scientists from the slums of Bhubaneswar.
- People from all segments participated in a painting competition with children.
- UCO Bank has donated school bags to the children
- Peace Builder, USA has supplied a shipment of clothes for the children
- Inclusive park for differently abled children is created in the slum & managed by slum Mahila Mandol
- Messages on hand washing are sent to the family – community through Hand wash campaigns
- 2. Outcome and Impact of the project
a) Upward education development of slum children.
The Indus result shows an upward academic development of slum children. This needs to retained in future. The methodologies needs to be replicated into scale.
b) Conducive slum environment
To some extend the slums are cooperative to send the children in to the schools. However we have a stipulated number of children out of school who needs to be enrolled in the school system.
c) Sensitive teachers
The teachers are now became trained to achieve academic proficiency of the children. However then need to acquire knowledge to mobilize the community to achieve RTE. In addition then need to learn some counseling strategy to motivate the drop out and out of school students.
d) Establishment of CPS deptt.
It is a big achievement to establish a CP S Deptt. In the organization. The department is helping all education program of the organization. The Unit is also growing and now the organization has started documentation of the education success stories and preparing methodologies of the teaching. This also has been able to sought out the academic issues of the children and teachers to some extent.
e) The enrollment of students has increased by 30 %
f) The dropout rate has reduced by 278 %
g) School Management Committees have been formed in all schools
h) The Private schools have started taking admission of underprivillaged children as per the provision of RTE.
i) Now the government schools are admitting the children at any age and even without any certificate as education is the fundamental right of every child.
Different funding agencies have started putting their interest to support the endeavor of Ruchika by supporting the Remedial education project. As a new agency, Tech- Mahindra Foundation has started its support to the endeavor from October 2012.