In Jashipur block Sikshasandhan is running a residential bridge course for 100 tribal girls with support from Care India.
UDAAN is a unique educational intervention designed as a residential camp for adolescent girls in the age group of 11 to 14 years, who have either never enrolled in school or have dropped out very early. It enables the girls to complete five years of schooling through transacting a compacted and accelerated curriculum in just one year, after which, on passing the class five board exam, they move on to the middle and secondary schools.
The girls who enrol in UD AAN are usually victims of social, cultural and community barriers and economic compulsions of extreme poverty which keep them out of school and compel them to contribute to the family income, take on the role of care giving to their younger siblings and assume responsibility of all household and family livelihood chores.
In Kaptipada block we are working in 30 government schools with the following strategy:
Starting with what children know from their environment, certain outside class room transaction relating to nature is conducted. Besides games, stories, songs, riddles etc inside the school campus is also being transacted.
Initially the entire classroom transaction process is conducted in their local language where the learners start accepting the class room and get accommodated. This helps in opening up of the tribal students in a more natural way rather than directly bringing them inside a cage like situation. The gap between the teacher and students has significantly breezed by MLE teachers from their own community. A supportive environment has also been created in the schools for the tribal girl children. Besides active and meaningful participation of community members in school management process has created a momentum in providing quality education in the area.
Sikshasandhan is presently implementing the project in 66 government primary school and 41 government ICDS Centers in Muniguda and Bissam-cuttack Block of Rayagada District. The main purpose of the project is to improve the learning competencies of 2500 primary school children and 947 pre-primary children in these schools. The main objectives of the project are
Recently Sikshasandhan has started collaboration with district administartion and KKS to work in two blocks i.e. Morada and Suliapada for the Lodha Community. Sikshasandhan will work for the development of Lodha community in close collaboration with the district administration more particularly with Lodha development Agency (LDA) Women and Child Development Department and Sarva Siksha Abhijan in Suliapada and Morada Block of Mayurbhanj district.
In view of experiences and commit ment of Sikshasandhan, it has been invited by the District Administration, Mayurbhanj to work for the improvement of education of Lodha children. Since, Lodha community has special characteristics, the approach of Sikshasandhan will be to integrate them with the mainstream society through education and community mobilization. Although, the main focus of the project will be promotion of education, it will do
Sikshasandhan has taken a step further to provide Computer based learning experience to the 500 students in five Ashram School in Muniguda and Bissum-cuttack Blocks. The purpose of ITE is to provide an opportunity for adolescents to interact, explore and authenticate their learning at school, using technology.
This approach generally focuses on integrating technology into school curriculum through effective use of computer based technology in teaching and learning process. Through ITE an effective and interesting learning environment is created by utilizing technologies where a student just not learn, remember or understand but imply knowledge in his real life. Here the class teachers design the learning facilitations and the students create learning artefacts to construct their own learning by using technology. The medium of technology that are being used in the ITE facilitations are computers, cameras, voice recorder, internet dongle and printer.
It is a co-funded collaborative programme of TCS and Tata Trusts has been rolled out by Sikshasandhan in Muniguda and Bissam-cuttack blocks layered with the ongoing education interventions. The programme has been pitched to bring about a quality shift in the education scenario of the two blocks in reaching about to 97 schools and similar numbers of villages through novel ways and innovative means in science popularization and communication. This programme will usher in the much need needed push in the education intervention by creating a stimulus environment for learning in science and mathematics.