Project Overview

ARCOD - Strengthening School Monitoring Committees

Objective: Strengthening School Monitoring Committees to provide quality education to children.

  • Implementing NGO: ARCOD
  • Location: Thally & Kelamangalam Block, Krishnagiri District,Tamil Nadu
  • Target Area: 20 villages
  • Beneficiaries: 2.156 children
  • Project Start Date: Oct 2013
  • Budget: $10,833
  • Past Funding: $6,012

The project area is located in three state borders (TN, Karnataka and AP). There are multi linguistic people living in the region. People who have mother tongue as Telugu, Kannada, Tamil and Urudu. The medium of instruction is different in school /AWC and it affects the learning of children.

Pre-School (Anganwadi)

  • Working hours – did not function for stipulated hours by government
  • Anganwadi Workers’ attendance – irregular in many villages
  • Communities were not aware of Mothers’ committee and its roles
  • AWC more as a food distribution center than ensuring pre-primary education.
  • Lack of transport facilities to some of the AWC

School education

  • Lack of Parental care towards children’s education as most of them are daily laborers and migrate to Bangalore for livelihood. 
  • SMCs remain only on record and non functional and contributing to the education of children. 
  • Added by language issues, there are quality education related issues – age and grade appropriate skills are not acquired by children. 

The project area is Thelly and Kelamangalam block of Krishnagiri district in Tamil Nadu. The project covers 20 villages and 2,156 children. There are 20 anganwadi centers and 20 schools in these villages.

  • Schools and Anganwadi Centers (AWC) were selected by involving Micro planning process
  • Rapport building with the communities / SMC and other groups in the villages
  • Anganwadi Workers (AWW) were given training and continuous monitoring inputs are also provided
  • AW Status study has been conducted covering all the 20 AWC and shared with ILP
  • For Schools – SMC members were given training
  • Republic day and other National festivals have been celebrated to build rapport with the villagers, children, Panchayat, School teachers and SMC members. 
  • Sports events were conducted and prized were distributed. 
  • Children Competency Level assessment have been conducted in 19 out of 20 schools of project coverage. 
  • School attendance monitoring is continuously done and data have been shared with ILP. 

 

 

ILP is partnering with the NGO Association for Rural Community Development (ARCOD) to implement the project in 20 villages of Thally and Kelamangalam blocks.  ARCOD was founded in 1988 by Mr. V.R. Keshavraj is the founder of the organization. He holds Master Degree in Social Work awarded by Madras University with specialization in Rural & Urban community development. The organization has worked on various programs including

  • Designing Soil & Water Conservation programs
  • Designing systems for Micro Credit - Grameen Model
  • Leading a state level network of NGOs working on Micro Credit
  • Large scale Children program – Education, Nutrition, Counseling and care of HIV infected Children

Projected Budget for  April 2014 - Mar 2015 school year

CategoryDescriptionBudget
Pre-School EducationOrganize village level visits, facilitate AWC working, provide play materials$1,482
Primary/Secondary EducationIdentify drop out children,  village level visits,sports competition at schools$1,031
Social MobilizationActivating SMC’s, block level meetings, working with gram panchayats$1,862
Project Coordination CostsSalary and conveyance costs for the project coordinators, community mobilizers who are responsible for program implementation (3 people)$6,458
Total$10,833

Since the project start in Oct 2013, following results have been achieved.

Pre Schools (AWC):

  • Anganwadi Workers Attendance has been regularized in almost all AWC
  • Enrollment and retention has improved in AWC
  • AWC maintenance / hygiene and sanitation conditions are improved
  • Teaching learning materials are displayed and used by the Anganwadi workers.
  • Mothers’ committee – Could get them organized in one Village, other villages the process is on.
  • Children are in AWC during AWC working hours
  • Attendance has improved in AWC  

Schools

  • SMC Members are made aware of their roles. Participation of SMC members in school related matters has improved nicely. 
  • Attendance in Schools have improved from the project commencement time to now. 
  • CCA test results conducted in Feb / March 2014 reveals the following conditions: 
    • 42% of students in Class II to V are less than 50% of minimum standards in Tamil
    • 53% of students in Class II to V are less than 50% of minimum standards in Telugu
    • 31% of students in Class II to V are less than 50% of minimum standards in Arithmetic
    • Only 12% students fair beyond 70% of scoring in minimum standards assessment
  • Learning levels assessment results are shared with respective schools.  
  • Teachers were requested to provide additional attention / remedial coaching to children in B and C Grades in their respective subjects. 

To be updated soon