More than 50% of students in the 5th grade in rural schools are incapable of reading a 2nd standard textbook, and can’t solve basic mathematical questions, as per the Annual Status of Education Report. More than 53% drop out before high school. This just goes to show the dismal state of learning environment in the Indian public education system, where the majority of rural poor children enroll for education.
An effective education system requires a school to have well-trained teachers, good furniture, equipped libraries, science and computer labs, safe water and hygienic sanitation facilities, spacious classrooms and playgrounds, lush green campuses. Currently, only private schools, with high school fees, offer such learning environments. Rural poor children neither have access to, nor can afford to go to such schools, and instead enroll in government schools, where education is free, but there’s a lack of basic facilities.
The Vidya Vikasa Intervention
We are transforming the learning conditions in public schools through a Community-driven initiative, where school children are contributing toward their own development, actively participating in the implementation efforts, along with their parents, teachers and the rest of the village community.
- Mobilizing, motivating teachers, parents, children
- Providing digital blackboards and digitized classrooms
- Training selected teachers and students on operating the equipment
- Forming eco-clubs of students for effective program monitoring
- Equipping library facilities with books
- Providing garbage bins, compost pits and garbage collection trolleys
- Building water purification plants for safe drinking water
- Promoting hygiene and providing sanitation facilities
- Planting saplings to improve greenery
- Providing writing desks and benches
- Equipping science laboratories
- Capacitating additional teaching support staff
- Distributing promotional literature for awareness and motivation