Education

 
   

Girls Child Education Project
SPECTRA started Girls Education project through 50 learning centres in the projected villages of Kishangarh baas, Ramgarh, and Tijara and Rajgarh blocks of Alwar district. 95 learning centres are running in Nuh Mewat of Haryana. 20 learning centres in Banswara of Rajasthan and 20 in Khargone of M.P also running through the organization.  The selection of these villages is as per the requirement of educational support in Government schools of that locality. There are some primary issues like low girls’ enrolment, lack of female teachers in Govt. schools, single school teacher, and high dropout rate of students which voice the requirement of the projected support. The major goal is to improve the quality of basic education, ensuring better early caring and learning environments for young children, increasing access to education, retention of the children in school and raising levels of academic achievement.

Innovative Initiatives:
Our Focus
Educating the Girl Child aged 6-14 in Remote, Rural Areas
Government of India is committed to achieving Universalisation of Elementary Education by 2010. This entails a special thrust on girl’s education. Statistics reveal that, despite efforts made, gender disparities persist in enrolment of girls, especially in rural areas and among disadvantaged groups. This disparity is more acute in the enrolment of backward classes and minorities girls.
SPECTRA has developed identified a specific focus, developed a clear strategy, and proven the delivery model in terms of social outcomes as well as scalability.  There are three elements to this strategy:
Access: By opening community-based schools, called Learning Centers, in places near the residences of the girls; by appointing women teachers; by adapting girl child friendly practices; and by involving the parents and local community.
Retention: By placing specific attention on each girl, by improving their learning achievements through innovative and meaningful education and thereby encouraging them and their parents.
Continued Education: After passing their class V exams from SPECTRA Learning Centres a majority of girls will be gone on to study in formal schools.
The village community is the most important part of the SPECTRA model. It has to come together as one unit to provide or develop with SPECTRA the space and infrastructure for the learning centers.  They have to monitor the local learning centers diligently and gradually take over responsibility for the learning centers, in other words the education of the girl child, into their own hands.

Strengthening Girl`s participation in Secondary School Education
We started project on “Strengthening girls’ participation in secondary school education” in 10 government schools of Aahore block under Jalore district in Rajasthan. This project aims at strengthen the secondary education and the promotion of gender equity in education by reducing the gender gap in access and retention. In Jalor the geographic condition, poor outreach of governmental services and lack of awareness among people makes it a real challenge for our people.
Major Activities of the project
Train SMCs to strengthen their performance in ensuring all children attend school and monitoring teacher attendance Disseminate information on the roles and responsibilities of SMCs
New teacher appointments would favour those areas which have had a lack of teachers in the past
Formation of youth group for the purpose of sensitization of community issues
Conduct staffs orientation workshop to familiarize of the programme
 Conduct Staff workshop at block level for the purpose of capacity building to support of Govt. School.
Training will be provided to teachers and pedagogical techniques would be included.
New primary schools will be upgraded to secondary and it would be preferentially located in underserved areas based on school mapping and survey data.
Creative Writing, Debate, Quiz competition, Drawing and Music activities will be conducted at school level and the students would be awarded for the best performance.

Talent Sourcing & Selection of LWE Interns Programme
The organization started LWE (Learning with Earning) programme in which 10th and 12th pass out student who left their education are identified in rural areas of Rajasthan. On the basis of selection criteria, we provide them skill development course (Diploma in manufacturing technology) along with the placement. Through this programme, we trace out the talent of rural youth which hidden somewhere in them and provide an opportunity to move ahead in their life.
Under the programme, selected interns are provided scholarship amount during the whole period of course. Scholarship amount is provided as Rs. 2000 for parents of students, Rs. 1500 for students so that they can manage their daily expenses in the month and Rs. 2000 would be deposited in a joint account of Saint Gobain and parents as a security. Now we have prepared a batch consisting 60 students from Rajasthan.