Project Overview

Ganeswar Club - Elementary Education

This project aims to strengthen access to elementary education to every child through empowerment of people and Community Based Organizations (CBOs).

  • Implementing NGO: Ganeswar Club
  • Start Year // End Year: 2010 // TBD
  • LocationHindol Block, Dhenkanal District, Orissa
  • Target Area: 47 Villages/Hamlets in 5 Gram Panchayats
  • Target Area Population: 7,000
  • Number of Beneficiaries (Current Year): 4,675
  • Funding Plan (Current Year): $14,740
  • Past Funding (Total): None

Dhenkanal is a central disctrict in Orissa with a population of over 1 million in 1,215 villages. 91% of this population is in rural areas and predominantly Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and other backward classes. Dhenkanal is an agricultural district where forests play an important role in the economy. Hindol block has very limited access to government facilities. People in backward classes are a neglected lot. Children do not have access to basic education as the schools are located far way and/or teachers are not attending. Literacy rates of some tribal communities are low and the school drop-out rates are very high. Some adolescent girls are trafficked to far off places. Women are mostly illiterate and are exploited in different ways. People suffer from malnutrition and diseases (malaria, java dice water borne diseases), but health services are virtually absent in the area. Due to extreme poverty, almost all families see their children as an income generating economic asset and engage them as child laborers.

 Area Overall Literacy Male Literacy  Female Literacy
Orissa State  63% 75% 51%
Dhenkanal District  69% 81% 58%
Hindol Block  66% 79% 54%
Table: Literacy Rates

 The goal of this project is to spread education awareness, improve and add pre-schools with regular teachers and provide vocational training in 18 target villages and hamlets in 4 Gram Panchayats. The following activities will be undertaken to acheive the goals

  1.  Baseline Survey: Conduct a survey of the 18 villages to understand education and other related demographic data (Example: Number of children out of school, attendance in schools etc)
  2. Early Child Care Development (0 - 6 years): Strenghten the anganwadis by getting new angawadis started (where there are none) and through a training program for anganwaid teachers and their assistants.
  3. Primary Education (6 - 14 years):  Establish 2 learning centers (with teachers, teaching & learning materials) in villages that do not have a school currently. Provide 2 additional teachers (para-teachers) to public schools that have high student-teacher ratio.
  4. Community Awareness/Ownership: VEC members have a vital role in running the primary school but are not aware of their responsibilities. Ganeswar Club will provide awareness/training to the VEC members twice a year. VEC members will then be entrusted with the responsibility to monitor enrollment and attendance of children in schools with special emphasis on girl child education. Monthly mothers' meeting and CBO meetings will be organized at the village level to regularize and emphasize on girl child education.
  5. Drop-outs (Any age): Place as many as possible of the 231 identified 'drop-out' children back in school.
  6. Adolescent Vocational Training: Provide vocational training (tailoring) for 50 adolescent girls in 2 training centers every year.
  7. In addition, to address the lack of knowledge about health-related issues, GC will organize 4 awareness programs to educate adolescents about this subject.

About our Partner NGO 

  • Ganeswar Club (GC) was established in 1975 by a group of young villagers to work for the upliftment of villagers in this area. GC became a registered organization in 1980.
  • GC envisions just social order where women and men can participate equally in all aspects of the society. GC strives for an economic regeneration through education, thrift, skill training, entrepreneurship, policy, advocacy etc.
  • Over the years, GC has worked on projects in various developmental areas like agriculture, vocational training, edcuation, women and child development.
  • They were supported by partners like Hivos, Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), Department for International Development (DFID), Tdh, and Gandhi Peach Center.
Ganeswar Club (2013-2014) ActivityBudget Amount (USD)

Early Childcare and Pre-School Education

- Learning materials to pre-schools
- Pre School Staff Training 
$757

Schools

- Salary for additional teachers in bridge schools, govt schools
- Set up Reading rooms/libraries in schools
- Learning materials for schools
- Skill development training for high school students
- Learning Level assesments in schools
- Child Profile data collection

$4,010
Community empowerment
- Child Right’s club activation and support
- Workshop for mothers committees with education department(ICDS)
- School Monitoring committee training and orientation
- Gram Panchayath level meetings with department officials
$1,213

NGO staff

- Salary and travel expenses of
--Program coordinator,
--3 community organizers
$7,560

Administrative

- Travel, Stationery, utilities
$1,200
Total$14,740 

Early Child Care and Preschool

  • Enrollment has increased from 82% to 99% in 2 years of intervention.
  • Average attendance has increased from 35% to 70% in all 12 centers.
  • Mothers committees (Matru) hold regular meetings throughout the year to discuss functioning of early child care centers with good participation from members. 
  • Early child care workers (Anganwadi workers) have started home visits. 
  • The committee members have ensured that morning snacks and meals are served in all 12 centers. 

Schools

  • In 2 years all schools have monitoring committees (Meena Manch) comprising of parents, school staff and village elders who take ownership of the enrollment, attendance, and sanitation needs of the school.
  • Enrollment of children aged 6 and above has increased to 96% from 80% in 18 villages.
  • Retention of children in schools has increased to 95% from 89%.
  • 10% of the children who dropped out of school have been brought back to school.

Community Empowerment

  • People in main villages are aware of the education initiatives and in tribal areas this is quite an achievement by the project team.
  • School Monitoring Committees (SMC) are meeting regularly and are monitoring learning levels in school in addition to enrollment and retention.

Women leader helps transform the school: A primary School in Bhujabal village was being run by a headmaster, who was irregular to school, falsified school records and cheated people of money. The children were impacted with a non functioning school.  The project created awareness in the community about the malpractices, and they decided to inform higher authorities of the improper functioning of the school. One of the SMC members, who was not educated herself, Mrs Boita Samal took leadership and consistenly met all the block and district education officers to highlight the gravity of the situation and request them to bring in the necessary change. She was supported by the other village members.The incessant activism resulted in the government replacing the headmaster and the school has started to function again.