School Readiness and Bala Vikas Program
Interventions in High Schools
We have identified 20 high schools in remote areas where we have initiated science experiments after providing training and science kits to teachers. Now more than 80% of children are able to demonstrate science experiments under the supervision of their teachers. Google Earth Program for Social Science subjects introduced last year after giving proper training to teachers. But electronic devices like LCD Projector and Screen are needed to provide them. Career guidance sessions are also initiated in these schools to facilitate children to select better courses as per their choices. Required material is supplied to them. A Menstrual hygiene Program was introduced in these schools to facilitate adolescent girls to understand the value of hygienic practices. 40 ToTs selected from adolescent girls were given training and they are now giving training to girls in their schools and monitoring the program voluntarily. Now we propose to extend these interventions to other schools in the target Mandals. We have started children libraries in 7 high schools and provided attractive and informative books to these libraries. One teacher and 5 students in each school were trained on management of libraries. Now children are habituated to read books daily at least one hour and improved their literacy standards both in languages and social subjects. Child right clubs were formed after giving proper training to child leaders. Now leadership among children emerged and they are able to take forward their issues to competent authorities.
The Details of Schools and its Impact
We have been implementing the above program for strengthening government educational institutions right from pre-primary to higher secondary standard. A bunch of interventions are being implemented in these institutions with the collaboration of the Department of Education and Department of Women & Child Development. The Anganwadi workers are playing a key role in implementation of Balabadi methodology of teaching in Anganwadi centers with Children in the age group of 3 to 6 years, after getting required training on the methodology by our agency . The primary teachers teaching Class I & II are playing a key role in implementing Balabadi methodology of teaching to these children, after getting required training on the methodology by our agency. The learning process is very attractive to the children in 50 Anganwadi centres and 45 primary schools spread across 7 Mandals. Apart from the training on methodology, the teachers were given training on preparing innovative low cost teaching learning material useful to them while teaching. Further, events like balloon festival, kite rally, arrow festival, fancy dress competition, recitation of songs/poems/rhymes are being conducted in Anganwadi centres and primary schools. Beautification of buildings of Anganwadi centers are taken up in two centers on pilot basis which were appreciated by both department officers and local people. We need external support for continuation of beautification of Anganwadi and school buildings to attract children to schools. We have identified 100 new villages for the present year to implement the Bala Vikas program in 100 each Anganwadi centres and primary schools. The community participation in the improvement of basic amenities in these institutions have been ensured .The attendance of children has increased up to 95% and retention of children is also ensured by 100%. The learning levels of children have improved and 80% children have attained minimum levels of learning in pre-primary and primary schools.