Education Program
The Issues and the Need
The children have right to basic education, and the government is responsible to deliver it. Though the local and national governments in India have been contributing their best possible efforts, there are challenges in the public schools affecting the learning outcomes. For example, a student who has passed 8th class does not possess proper reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills, especially in rural and tribal areas. This discourages parents to send children to public school. The parents and the schools also lack adequate resources (e.g. parents living in poverty and school lacking education materials). To positively change this scenario, Gram Vikas Trust has been working in partnership with the local government for about a decade.
Program Objective
To improve primary and higher education through people's participation and strengthened school governance.
Activities
Designing and delivering comprehensive education improvement program in partnership with government education department and donor organisations. Recruiting para-teachers in needy schools where there is a lack of teachers.
  • Providing bicycles to a group of girls to attend far away schools (so that they do not drop out of school after Grade 7).
  • Training of teachers to improve quality of education.
  • Distribution of students’ kits with 12 items (school bag, notebooks, ball pens, pencils, erasers. Sharpeners, scale, drawing book, school uniform, color pens, compass-box and slate).
  • Construction, renovation and maintenance of school sanitation units.
Expected outputs and outcomes:
  • Increase in enrolment in primary and higher education.
  • Increase in school children’s attendance (reduction in irregularity).
  • People’s contribution in schooling improvement.
  • Improvement in quality education.
Our supporters
Reach to Teach (UK); Asha for Education); Village Development Council, London; Give India; Global Giving.
Positive impact
Direct impact on more than 20,000 children, and indirect impact on more than 1,00,000 children.
Villages and Districts covered
About 200 villages of Bharuch and Narmada districts of Gujarat, and planning to expand further.