After implementation of RTE Act 2009 in Jharkhand the major focus was on enrollment of children and infrastructure but from 2011 onwards LEADS has been working for ensuring quality Education where supply of free books on time, uniform, scholarship, more classrooms, teachers recruitment, teachers training, SMC formation, SMC training, etc. LEADS has been working extensively for long to ensure quality Education as well as realisation of RTE Act from policy to grassroot level.
Under this project 20 financially backward villages of Mahuadanr Block of Latehar District were targeted with main focus on ensuring quality and relevant education to the children of age group 6-14 years. Along with that providing vocational education to drop-out children of age group 15-18 years and link them with income generation activities in Mahuadanr Block.
The Aflatoun Programme implemented by LEADS to provides children with the building blocks of life, encouraging them to save their resources and start social and financial micro enterprises while learning. The Aflatoun program is built on the core principles of Child Social & Financial Education. The Aflatoun teaching methodology encourages “learning by doing” through fun games, activities, songs, workbooks, etc.
Gender Equity Movement in Schools
The project goal is to reduce gender based violence through enhanching gender equitable attitudes and behaviours among school going adolescents. LEADS has been working in 40 schools where 20 are intervened and 20 are controled in Khunti District along with that counducted an evaluation of a school-based violence after completion of 3 years. GEMS, work with girls and boys aged 11-14 years in Khunti district of Jharkhand using Randomized Control Trial.
Initiative for Transparent, Accountable Governance System in Jharkhand (Good Governance)
The project aims at improving quality, coverage and access to information regarding public services in Education as well as successfully standardizing, demonstrating and replicating innovative processes and best practices in the Torpa Block of Khunti District of Jharkhand. The project focuses with specific emphasis on enhancing capacities of public service providers and functionaries in better service delivery, transparency and accountability in Education.
Bal Sashaktikaran Abhiyan – Ensuring Nutritional and Educational Rights of Children (0-14 Years) in Bandgaon Block of West Singhbhum District
Through India Literacy Project, we are working in 40 villages of Bandgaon block of West Singhbhum district. This block is tribal dominated and having a number of issues, like health, education, livelihood or deliverance of Yojnas at ground level. Through this project the LEADS team is trying to address the needs of 0-14 year age group children with the objective of improving the status of quality Education in schools. Awareness building and motivating the anganwadi service providers, school management committees, teachers and PRI members are done on a regular basis. Since the initiation of project in the year 2013, the project team has organized a number of training events, workshops and consultations at village, Panchayat and Block level. Regularizing the drop outs and left outs to schools and Anganwadi centers is one of the priority. The field facilitators are continuously conducting home visits to ensuring the regularity of students.
Right to Universal, Inclusive and Quality Education Target Group: 6 to 14 years Children
Through OXFAM India funded project, LEADS is working for realization of RTE act in 14 schools of Torpa Block in Khunti district. These 14 schools come under 2 panchayats namely Sundari and Jaria. Since the initiation of project the team has been regularly capacitating the School Management Committee to take the complete ownership of school. Parents and Teachers are the important stake holders for ensuring proper functioning of schools and quality education to children. The project team has been successful in dissemination the message of RTE to the stakeholders. For this regular home contact, trainings, workshops, exposure visits, village level meetings, etc were done over the past years. Involvement of women in educational matters is promoted through motivating them. For this, the team has been participating in women group meetings and mobilizing the women members of community to participate in the events organized under the project. The effort made so far has been able to bring out positive changes in this regard. The SMC is empowered and is advocating with the block and district level officials on school issues. A federation of SMC is in place. PRI members have become sensitive on educational issues and contributing for its betterment. Regular monitoring to schools by ward members and Mukhiya’s is in practice. Also the infrastructural issues with the schools are being taken up by them in the “Yojna Banao Abhiyan”.
The programme “Rural Empowerment and Entitlement Realisation (REER)” is operating in 10 villages of respective five Districts, namely Latehar, Lohardaga, Simdega, West Singhbhum and Saraikela in Jharkhand to develop models on holistic development of marginalised group with better advocacy inputs in the State. The programme constitutes an integrated approach to all issues prevalent in the community and aims at linking the community i.e. the SMC members, Gram Sabha members, SHG members and Social leaders etc. with the accessing of Government schemes through different motivating and awareness generation activities. Through this project social leaders are also encouraged from among the community to sustain the chain of delivery mechanism in the community.
WASH in Schools
LEADS is working on promotion of WASH in 66 schools and 113 Anganwadi centres in Dulmi Block of Ramgarh District. The project involves capacity building of Bal Sansads, PRI members, SMC members, Community, teachers, and other stakeholders on WASH in schools, installing hand washing platforms in schools and anganwadis, sharing information for awareness generation through wall writing and flex, audio devices to share information’s and inputs and minor maintenance of school toilets and water support system.
Status of 2015-16:
|Name of the Project||Donor||Intervention Area||Number of Schools Covered||Theme of the Project||Achievement|
|DAHAR||Edukans Foundation, The Netherlands||Mahuadanr Block of Latehar District||25 schools||Ensuring quality Education for children and vocational training for drop-out children in backward villages||Increased enrollemnt of children in schools.Bal Sansad (Children Cabinet) was formed.|
|Aflatoun||MelJol, Mumbai, through (CITI foundation)||Namkum and Kanke Block in Ranchi District & Murhu, Torpa, Karra and Khunti Block in Khunti District||202 schools (6000 direct beneficiaries and 22000 indirect beneficiaries)||Child Right, Social and Financial Education of Schooling Children||198 Aflatoun and 198 Aflateen Clubs are operating at schools and 175 Aflatoun and 175 Aflateen Banks has been established at schools which are actively operating. Total 210 teachers were trained on social and financial education programme.Total 800 Individual accounts have been opened by the children.32 Financial Entrepreneurship Activities (like, stationary shop, kitchen garden, poultry, etc.) are in progress.28 Social Entrepreneurship activities were undertaken by children across the intervention schools.Total saving in Aflatoun and Aflateen Bank by children is around INR 1,10,000.120 dropout children were re-enrolled through initiation of Aflatoun and Aflateen clubChildren.Teachers, children as well as community have become more conscious about their right and responsibility.Awareness campaigns are regularly going on by schooling children on Aflatoun social and financial education.A heavy amount has been generated by children at schools for saving purpose.Regular meeting of club members are conducting to resolve all issues of schools and community.School going children are learning entrepreneurial activities which they are practicing at school.|
|Good Governance||European Union & Welthungerhilfe||Torpa Block of Khunti District, Jharkhand||52 schools||RTE Act Implementation||About 75 drop out children wasre-enrolled in school in 2016.12 teachers were recruitedin the schools through out the block.
Boundary walls are being installed in the schools.Separate toilets for girls and boys have been constructed in all the schools.
SMC meetings are being conducted regularly.Regular monitoring of school activities by SMC members are conducted.Mid Day Meal are served in schools according to menu.SDPs are being prepared on participatory basis in schools.Kitchen garden concept has been adopted. LEADS team is being inivited by the Govt. as resource person to conduct sessions on RTE Act, SMC, Child Cabinet, etc.
|Gender Equity Movement in Schools||International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW)||Khunti, Karra, Murhu and Torpa in Khunti District||40 schools (Direct Beneficiaries are 1792 and indirect beneficiaries are 1902)||School based violence prevention||The girl children now share freely any situation they face regarding abuse with their teachers. The teachers also have developed interest and actively support any child in distress. Bal Sansad and School Management Committee are now taking active part in school services. All the children are now candidly taking part in different activities irrespective of their gender. The confidence of the girl students have immensely increased.|
|Bal Sashaktikaran Abhiyan||India Literacy Project||Bandgaon Block of West Singhbhum District||40 schools||Education and Nutrition||Services in schools are getting regular. Attendance in AWCs and schools has increased. The extensive work done through the project has provided recognition and the Govt. departments are providing ample support.54 drop out and out of school children were identified, re-enrolled and regularized to schools by the project team.School Development Plan was prepared in all the intervention schools by SMC, teachers, parents and community members. 12 teachers were alloted for 10 intervention schools where previously there were only single teacher. Construction of AWC building has been completed in 3 villages.The ILP team has made a good rapport with the ICDS and Education department at Block level.|
|Right to Universal, Inclusive and Quality Education For Children||OXFAM||Sundari and Jaria Panchayat of Torpa Block in Khunti District||14 schools (1453 direct beneficiaries and 12294 indirect beneficiaries)||Essential Services- Education||After advocacy of the SMC of Tirla and Sundari schools with the district education department,6 teachers were alloted for Tirla and 4 teachers were alloted for Sundari school.School development plan was formulated in 14 schools by SMC, PRI and community members.SMC members of the intervention schools have become aware about their roles and responsibilities and are conducting them.
Regular SMC meetings are being conductedregularly and they are monitoring and reviewing the utilization of the school development fund.The Bal Sansad members of the intervened schools are regularly participating in SMC meetings and are presenting their issues.
SMC federation is active and is regularly advocating for school level issues at Block and District level. In the last Panchayat elections, Sri Sugarh Samuel Dodrai, President of SMC federation was persuaded by the local community to file candidature as a Mukhiya candidate from Jaria Panchayat. He fought the elections mainly on the agenda of quality Education and won the election which reflects Education presence in people’s consciousness.
|WinS||UNICEF||Dulmi Block in Ramgarh District||67 schools||Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Schools||The approach of the children and the community has changed a lot in the villages regarding sanitation practices. The Bal Sansad has becomed empowereed enough to influence healthy practices and school and also trying their best to initiate it in their community.The community is taking initiatives themselves to aware others about healthy practices.The rate of open defeacation has dropped noticeably.Soon the areas in which LEADS is intervening will be declared ODF.|
|REER||BFdW, Germany||Latehar, West Singhbhum, and Khunti District||50 schools||Integrated Approach||The Gram Sabhas and SMCs have been promoted and strengthened in most of the villages and now they are actively taking part in the decision making process.All the villagers participated in School Development Plan preparation and its submission to the Govt. in their respective villages.Each village have selected 3 male and 3 female social leaders who will help the villagers in their development. These social leaders are working to link with different departments for Old Age Pension, Widow Pension, Job Card, Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, etc.|
|Indirect||Through 24 district partners||480 schools (i.e. 20 schools in every district)||Promoting quality Education through-out Jharkhand||Collaboration of Jharkhand Right to Education Forum(JRTEF) with Jharkhand Education Project Council to prepare SDP and promote quality Education|