Launching Quality Education Project: R2T and GVT, in partnership with education department, expand another 35 primary (Total 70) schools in Vagra and Jhagadia blocks of Bharuch district (Gujarat)
Praveshotsav, enrolment festival was celebrated during 11th to 13th June, 2016 amidst joyous atmosphere in every village and town of Gujarat with the objective of ensuring 100 per cent enrolment. Newly enrolled children, dressed for the occasion, were greeted with warmth and welcomed by the teachers, School Management Committee (SMC) members, representatives of GVT and R2T and other villagers. Special guests who were present during the function welcomed children with a tilak (a ceremonial mark worn on the forehead) and in some cases, garlands, and gave them presents and sweets. Children were at the centre of the celebrations and they looked happy and excited. The invited guests spoke about the importance of education and motivated the children and their parents to attend school regularly.

Representatives of GVT and R2T participated in Praveshotsav in all 70 project schools and introduced the R2T-GVT Quality Education project and the respective village level project teams (Community Facilitators and Field Officers).

Teachers play a very crucial role in building the nation and moulding a society of enlightened citizens. World over it has been proven that primary schools play the most critical role in the development of individuals, determine their future and lay the foundation for the development of communities. It is in realisation of this that GVT and R2T have decided to join hands with the Head Teachers, teachers, school management committees, Panchayats, parents and the children to make the schools a joyful and interesting place for children, contribute to their development and lay the foundation for a bright future for them.

The District Primary Education Officer, Block Resource Coordinators, Cluster Resource Coordinators, Gram Vikas Trust and Reach to Teach have listened to Head Teachers and Teachers and developed a way of working together to make sure that children learn to read, write and number more quickly and confidently, ready to share in the opportunities offered by India’s wealth and influence. For this, it is essential that the children attend school regularly.

Gram Vikas Trust (www.gvtbharuch.org), established in 2001, is a Bharuch (Gujarat) based organisation working on education, health, hygiene, nutrition and sanitation programmes with child rights and women’s empowerment approaches. Gram Vikas Trust works in partnership with the communities, local government and national as well as global organisations.

Reach to Teach or R2T (www.reach-to-teach.org), established in 2003, is a UK based organization specialized in education. R2T has been working in collaboration with the Education Department and local NGOs in different parts of rural Gujarat to transform children’s lives by contributing to quality of education and overall school improvement. R2T brings international best practices in teacher training, teaching and learning skills development, education assessment, school governance and improving children’s attendance.

This year we expand our project by covering 35 new schools (Total 70 Schools) in the Vagra and Jhagadia Blocks of Bharuch District and we hope to increase the number of schools in the coming years.

On this occasion, it is important to note Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi’ words while inaugurating the Praveshotsav (enrolment event): “Taking a toddler to school is one of the most satisfying moments in my many years in public life. There is no better joy than laying the foundations of a strong future for these little children….Friends, let us all become partners in this quest for ensuring education for all!”