Project Overview

Mahila Samiti - Enrollment of children in schools
  • Project Name: Enrollment of children back in school and improvement of learning levels.
  • NGO PartnerMahila Samiti
  • LocationChattarpur District, Madhya Pradesh
  • Target Area: 35 villages of Bijawar block
  • Target Area Populaton17,935 people
  • No. of Beneficiaries11,361
  • Start/End Year: 2009/TBD
  • Funding Plan (Current Year): $12,939 (2012/2013)
  • Past Funding: $12,120 (2011/2012)

  • 53.4% overall literacy, 30.3% female literacy
  • 20% girls drop out by 8th grade
  • 335 children out of school (Total children: 1122)
  • No community ownership of schools/education
  • Lack of quality education
  • Poor functioning of early child care centers
  • Rampant migration
  • Low land fertility, drought-hit agricultural areas
  • Traditional caste based society
  • Child marriages
  • Bias against girl children

This project "Anugoonj" - education program started in 2009. The objective of the project is to engage community in education activities so that quality educatio would be provided to all children.

Intervention

Goal

Early Child Care

Children of 3 -6 age enrolled in Creche(Anganwadis)

(100% enrollment, retention and attendance)

Anganwadi teachers trained on teaching methods, monitor food quality levels a and nutrition of children

Activate Mother’s Committees (Mathru Samiti) to manage functioning of early child care centers

Primary & Secondary  Education

Conduct morning/evening classes to help children with poor learning levels

Drop- out children re-enrolled  to school

Retention of children in schools

Activate Parent Teacher Association and Village Education Committees to participate in school development and re-enroll children in school

Social Mobilization

Form child forums in schools

Community awareness programs against child marriages, participation in school education

Community Organizations  trained about school enrollment programs, need, importance & value of the education of children

Networking

Participate with department of education to spread more awareness by organizing village level meetings

NGO Partner: Mahila Samiti

This organization came into the existence as district Women unit of Mindh Pradeshic Mahila Samiti on the initiation of Former lt. Governor Mr. Kastoori Santhanam in 1952, as he was sore with the condition & backwardness of women in the region of BundelKhand. Women were in parda and literacy of women was only 8%. The society were traditional, caste based under the feudal system. In this situation the organization started its activities with literacy classes for women and children. Later on the organization registered itself under the Indian Societies Act in 1961-62 and started movement for awaking the women. The organization started two years condensed course, for middle & high school examinations, skill enhancement trainings and crèches for children with the help of Central Social Welfare Board New-Delhi. Lal Bahadur Shastri High School was established for the poorest and weaker section of the society to provide quality education. Later the organization entered into socio-economic programs for women & children for their overall sustainability & development.

To be updated soon.

  • Baseline surveys completed for 34 villages
  • Anganwadi centers operational now
  • Mothers committees activated
  • School PTA’s started functioning
  • Formed Bal Panchayats in schools
  • School Chalo campaigns conducted
  • 120 children re-enrolled in school
  • Attendance increased to 80%

Mahila Samiti working with the support of ILP to ensuring quality education to all children in 35 village of Bijawar Block in Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh. Mahila Samithi covers 11 GPs, 40 AWCs and 34 schools and 4 High schools. We have formed Child Cabinet / Clubs in the schools. These Child cabinets are working well, they are raising different issues at the school level and talking to SMCs, local Panchayat time to time to solve problems.

In previous days SMCs have discussed RTE provision in the Gram Panchayath Meetings to ensure infrastructure in the schools and Anganwadis. Child cabinets are also aware of certain provisions that must be provided to them in schools. The Child Cabinet in Bamory Purva took up Gandhi Giri in school in to change Mid Day Meals (MDM). Children did not take mid day meals for 12 days. Child cabinet of Bamory Purva had passed resolution and sent it to higher authorities to change the system of mid day meals where they insisted that food must be provided as per the weekly time table and cleanliness must be maintained. The Child cabinet’s

of Bamory takes part in Block level SSA meetings, teacher’s trainings and SMCs meetings.

How children created a Gram Sabha?

The Panagar GP has 4 schools coming under its jurisdiction. But Children from Panagar School took the lead and as a preparation to the Children’s Gram Sabha three days before the Independence day the Child cabinet leaders of Panagar Elementary school met with SMC of the school and spoke about need for Children Gramsabha. The SMC agreed to support and participate in Gram Sabha and date was fixed for 14th August. Child Cabinet also asked all Panchayat members and SSA officers to be present for the event. Mahila Samiti agreed to facilitate the process. Children sent Invitation to all stakeholders. The whole village was eager to know what is going to happen. Children too were eager to witness the event. ON 14th about 600 children gathered and child cabinet leaders’ welcomed the participants that is all SMC, GP and SSA officers and all children from 4 schools that come under Panagar Gram Panchyath.

Objective of the Gramsabha

  • 1- Giving space to children of the 4 schools / village to raise their voice.
  • 2- Create platform to children to discuss the status of child rights.
  • 3- Sensitize local PRIs and service providers to make child friendly plans.

The Program was compeered by the Pooja chourasia, Sonika Chourasia, students of Panagar Schools  and event was chaired by the Pooja Debey, President child cabinet of Panagar School.

Children raised question related to different department as-

  • Primary health center remains always closed and building is damaged.
  • Toilet gates in schools are broken and not repaired for long time
  • The small pathway to School is not good since water collects on the way making it difficult to walk.
  • Anganwadi centers not working as per time and food quality is not maintained.
  • Many of children are out of school, do not attend school regularly, attendance is given.
  • Playground not available in our school.
  • Teachers do not attend class after lunch.
  • Classrooms are dirty, floors are bad.
  • MDM is not distributing as per menu.

The GP President and Secretary, SMC President and SSA officer were called to respond to the issues raised by the children and also all respondents appreciated the children for raising sensible problems in this platform.

Memorandum

During the Gramsabha children passed resolution with the main points such as

  • A special children gram Sabha must be organized in all Panchayat on 14 November
  •  Child rights plan must be prepared on the day.
  • Take initiatives to stop all kinds of violence against children
  • Empower and sensitize district child protection committees
  • Open special children homes to the deprived children

The memorandum was read out to the larger audience to get acceptance and it was decided to hand over it to District collector Rajesh Bahuguna and to the chief minister of M.P. Later 7 children and president of SMC met with DC, Chhatarpur in the evening at DC office for 15 minutes. Also CEO of ZP was also called by DC for discussion and they gave assurance to the children to organize special Bal sabha in all Panchayat on the Children’s day. Both district heads appreciated this action taken by the children. The cost of the event was taken care by SMC and GP of Panagar.

This news was covered by the most of newspapers.