Education  India Project #25767

Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India

by Agragamee
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
Give Them a Future: Educate a Tribal Girl in India
A play on wage rights during the Annual Function
A play on wage rights during the Annual Function

The past few months have been a period lively and exciting engangement for all in Agragamee School. Children put up a grand show for their parents, grand parent, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, cousins and other relatives during the Annual Function on the 2nd December. The week of intense preparations by the children, teachers and other staff of Agragamee, aided by wonderful masters, Dharani, Rudra and Narendra, brought out the best in verybody, as the campus swayed to lilting music for the dancers, and boomed with the  oration of budding actors!

While the juniors delighted the audience with a ballet based on a story of the 'The Butterfly and the Girl' written by Geetanjal of Class V, the senior classes acted out a true story of how Ranjeeta who had passed out from Agragamee School some years back had successfully fought for rightful wages.

This year's 2nd issue of the Students' Newsletter - DANGAR KATHA (Tales from the Hills) - filled with the children's life experiences and imaginative stories expressing their secret thoughts and allowing us a glimpse into their inner worlds is also out. 

In the meanwhile, our students' parents have spread the message about the school to other villages, and there has been an increasing demand for more admissions. Over the last academic year, which is from 1st April to 31st March, the admissions have doubled. Keen to help as many poor girls as possible, we have sought to  accommodate the maximum possible new admissions. 

AGRAGAMEE SCHOOL SEEKS DONATIONS TO HELP US CATER TO THE INCREASED NUMBER OF CHILDREN, AND HELP THEM HAVE THE BEST EDUCATION, TO GIVE THEM A GREAT START IN LIFE.

We are really happy to share with you the latest issue of 'DANGAR KATHA' written and illustrated by children of Class IV and V of Agragamee School as a PDF file. We hope you will enjoy reading it, and look forward to your feedback and response.

Agragamee School wishes you all a Very Happy Christmas and A Great New Year!

Sujita of Class V reads out the Annual Report
Sujita of Class V reads out the Annual Report
Dangar Katha Newsletter Cover page
Dangar Katha Newsletter Cover page
Dangar Katha  inner pages
Dangar Katha inner pages

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Dear Friends,

We are delighted to share with you the Mukta Gyana Kutir Agragamee School 2017-18 Report by Students written and illustrated entirely by the students of Class IV and V of Agragamee School. These students who come from some of the poorest communities in Odisha are mostly First Generation Learners. Agragamee School which is only for girls provides quality education till Class V for these children, and helps them pursue further studies and careers.

The Annual Reports is about events and activities of Agragamee School as perceived and seen by our students. We hope you enjoy reading these and look forward to having your feed back. Please click the PDF link at the bottom of the page for the full report. 

We thank you for making this school and learning possible and bringing hope of a bright career for 200 tribal girls with your generous contributions. Without this support, these children would have had but a bleak future ahead.

We wish you all the very best, and look forward to your continued support for quality education for the lovely but needy tribal girls of Odisha.

 

Yours sincerely

Achyut, Vidhya, Teachers and Students of Agragamee School

A Glimpse into the Students' Report
A Glimpse into the Students' Report
Some Illustrations from the Report
Some Illustrations from the Report

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This report by Jayanti of Parjashila village, when in Class V shows the quality of teaching in Agragamee School. Now in Class VII of the Government School High School, Jayanti and her 15 friends from Agragamee maintain a comfortable lead in class. The quality of learning of children from Agragamee School has motivated the entire tribal community and parents from several villages upto 25 kms. from Agragamee School have sought admission for their daughters.

Loathe to deny opportunities to girls from some of the poorest and most deprived communities in India, Agragamee has admitted them on a first come first serve basis.

Agragamee Schools seeks transport support for 215 girls to help them have quality education. The generous support from donors in Global Giving has helped us buy a 20 seater bus. We need one more bus, to help reduce the number of trips and enable all children reach school and return home on time. Parents albeit their poverty have agreed to support 50% of the transportation costs!

The happiest people are 215 girls! Let us help them all have a wonderful Education in Agragamee School

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1stPage of Chandrika's report with Illustration
1stPage of Chandrika's report with Illustration

We are delighted to bring you a report by our Class V student, Chandrika to tell you how our project is going. Dear donors, we are overjoyed to tell you that your donations have helped us develop excellent abilities in first generation school going girls, whose parents are too illiterate to even see their notebooks, and too poor to afford any tuition. These girls would never have had a chance in life, and would have been bound to a life of poverty and exploitation. Now thanks to your donations, these girls are able to read, write, improve their world view, talk with confidence, and pursue great careers.

 Chandrika’s report, translated from her mother tongue, Odiya is self-explanatory and brings to you the activities and teachings in Mukta Gyana Kutira from a child’s point of view:

“The name of our school is Muktagyan Kutir, Agragamee, Kashipr. We begin our school with prayer meeting. During this time, we share general knowledge, and read newspaper, count how many children have come, and tell stories. Kanaka Guruma is the headmistress of our school. Then we enter the classrooms in queue. 

Lima Sir teaches us language. When Sir tells us stories we listen to him attentively and then write. He dictates words and asks for notebooks from children and gives back. We write our names on the notebook. We also correct each others notebooks, and rectify mistakes if any and write correctly. We write stories and songs on Friday. Then we do maths. Laxmi Didi teaches us maths. We go through the maths lessons in the book. We do addition, substraction, multiplication, LCM etc. I love to do maths.

Soma Didi teaches us English from 11.30a.m. to 12.30pm., from 12.30 to 01.30 p.m. Kanaka Guruma teach us EVS. I love the topic on local self-government. Guruma explains each topic and show us maps, earth, trees and plants, birds and animals. Then we go for lunch. We are provided good food in our school. We get pampad, mixed veg curry, and eggs twice in a week to eat. After we have our lunch Didis go for food. When they go, we play games like kabadi, bohuchori and basketball.

We draw pictures and write stories. We keep them in our folders and also paste them in the wall-magazine outside our classrooms. We make paper flowers and put them in the wall magazine. We get oil, soap, notebooks, books, pen, pencil, colour etc. from our school. We observe New Year in our school.

We and our teachers get training in our school. Trainers conduct the training. We get to know and learn a lot of things from them. They too get to learn a lot from our school. We have six taps and one tube-well in our school. Important people come to visit our school. They become happy to see us.

The District Collector visited our school on 2017. Her name was Guha Poonam Tapas Kumar. She was very happy to visit the school and talk to us. We had a meeting in the big hall along with the Collector. We all sang songs. Then she visited the village.

We observe Annual Day every year in our school. We act, play, sing and dance on the occasion. There are four groups in our school. They are Nagabali, Mahanadi, Indrabati and Bansadhara. On Monday Indrabati Group read library books. Mahanadi Group does gardening. Banasadhara Group cleans the toilet. Nagabali Group does stitching. The library has many kinds of books in it. We have a library room in our school. We go there to read books. On Fridays and Saturdays we read library books. We read newspapers and draw pictures in the large hall. We visit nature camps, block headquarter, banks, fairs, villages, post office, temples, police station etc. Back in the school we write and draw pictures on them. Children from Purna School came to visit our school. We made friends with them. Purna School children and we together had been for fishing. Along with the children of Purna School, we planted many decorative plants and made a garden in our school.

Our school remains closed during summer vacation. During this time, we go to visit relatives in other villages. Our Didis and Sirs go back to their villages. We write and draw our experiences when the school opens. There is a big hall in our school. We sing, dance, play and do meetings in the hall. Teachers (Siksha Sathis) from other schools come and get their trainings. They learn something new and go back. Accordingly they teach the children in their village.

Our school provides us bags. Our school has a playground. We play there. We play from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Then they teach us to stitch dresses. We are provided with school dresses. Exams are held in our school. We all appear the exams. We write our papers correctly. We fetch good marks. Among our school subjects I like language more. For we get to learn new words and make sentences out of them. I like that a lot. I love Mukta Gyan Kutir very much.”

We are delighted with this report for several reasons. The children help to lighten the burden on our teachers, and produce a report from a child's view point, which is much better than anything we could have written. We also share these reports with the parents, who take it to the villages schools, and ask that their sons also learn like this. 

Thank you once again for making all this possible, we hope we can continue this journey together to bring the light of education in the lives of the poor and marginalized tribal communities

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On 30th November, Mukta Gyan Kutir (Agragamee School) organized their 14th annual function. This day is a celebration of the joy of learning and helps develop a great synergy between the school, parents community and the Government. It is preceded by weeks of planning, practice and excitement, as little scholars hone their skills to perform their parts to their level best to put up a great performance for their near and dear ones. Each child takes an invitation card, for her family, and then on an eventful day, the troupe in bright and early for the one last round of rehearsals. Parent too come with much anticipation, many come well in time, eager to see their children on stage.

The show starts soon after midday with the winter sun casting a golden glow on the festivities. Mats for the siblings and stools and chairs for the parents and guest are carried to the open-air theatre by the student actors, and a colourful stage is set up, with mikes placed in appropriate places after much discussion and debate.

Mr Mahapatra, the Director, choreographer, scriptwriter gets his act together with love, energy and patience, encouraging each student to give her best. The shyest and the most reticent also jump in to perform, as they see their classmates learn new skills and techniques. The teachers join in with inputs, supporting and helping and being part of the fun.

The Annual function 2018 was graced by guests from Kashipur, including the ABDO (Additional Block Development Officer), BEO (Block Education Officer), eminent novelist - Chandrahas, Tribal leader, and Ward Member of Kumbharsila. It commenced with a welcome song, after which Itishri of Class V, read out the school’s journey over the past year, which she had written with help from her schoolmates. The guests then addressed the students and inspired them to do their best in school and excel in whatever they did. This was followed by felicitation of good performers. Munni receiving the “best student” award. Ambika, Muskan, Hanita received the award for maximum attendance & Taposwini, Chandini, Bonita received the award for Good academic performance.

After this, came the interesting part, as children sang and danced and put up little plays. A demonstration of the school assembly as held each day in Agragamee School helped the parents understand that this morning gathering was more than just a ritual, as children and teachers exchange information, and children show off their GK (General Knowledge) by asking each other questions. This is followed by newspaper reading, which helps children get an idea of the world beyond their immediate surrounding.

An adorable action song about an elephant by pre-primary children helped everybody sit back and have a sense of enjoyment. And finally, the show-stealer, a play about how a father and his daughters outwit a calculating moneylender, helped the function close to thunderous applause.

The Agragamee School Annual Function is far from any Oscar Winning Performance. But much more than the performance, the anticipation, and the involvement of all children, the eagerness with which they invite all their family, makes it instrumental in helping the school connect with the local community, and demonstrate the fun things that are possible in a school, which in fact help in the learning. Over the years, the regular organizing of the Annual Function has also helped convey a message of positivity to the Block and district administration as well.

The excitement does not die down with the close of the function. All children in the school draw their impressions of the Annual Function and put it up on wall magazines of their respective class. The Older ones write an essay about the function, with illustrations and put it up on their wall magazines. This exercise is taken up with great eagerness, as each child feels proud to display her work on the wall for all to see.

Agragamee School runs on donations and charity. We welcome year-end donations which will support our program of quality education for 150 girls from very poor families.

 

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Location: Kashipur, Orissa - India
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