Education is every child’s birth right. It not only gives the knowledge and skill but also hones the overall personality of the child. However, there are many barriers which stop their growth such as lack of interest towards education, poverty, untrained teachers, and high fee structure. We, at Prayatna, provide the formal education opportunities to such children so that they have a brighter future in front of them, with special focus on education of young girls and women. The following areas are focused upon under this domain:
- School Dropout Prevention
- Remedial and Adult Literacy
- Provisioning of Scholarships and Study materials
- Infrastructure Improvement in Schools
- Imparting Life Skills Education
- Providing Teacher’s Training
- Promoting Sports in Schools and Communities
The notable projects of this domain are as follows:
School Infrastructure Development Programme
The programme was conducted in nine govt. schools of Muzaffarpur district. They were Rajkiya Madhya Vidyalaya, Aganagar, Kanya Prathmik Vidyalaya, Purshottampur, PrathmikVidyalaya, HathiTola and Rajkiya Madhya Vidyalaya, Muraul, Primary School, BharthiPokhar, Rajkiya Madhya Vidyalaya, Mathurapur, Rajkiya Madhya Vidyalaya, Jamaruha and Primary School, MathurapurPurvi.
Community meetings were organised with parents of children of the schools with villagers, Panchayat Representatives, Head Masters and teachers. Unfortunately the SMCs were not functional in most schools.
Each school had an individual workplan basis which work was carried out. Type of work included repairing verandah, classrooms, floors, fixing new windows, painting of classrooms, setting up library, securing electricity supply, providing fans, bulbs, water pump etc. For example, the library in Upgraded Middle School, Muraul was 250 books, two bookshelf, four fans, four bulbs, four carpets and a water motor pump. In Middle School, Bharthi Pokhar especially established for children of S.C. community Prayatna provided two fans, two bulbs and two carpets.
Bihar Education Policy Center
The Bihar Education Policy Center (BEPC) has been set up in Patna as a think tank for improving the status of Education in Bihar. BEPC has the vision is that all children of Bihar have equal access to inclusive, equitable and high-quality schools. It’s mission is toassist policy makers and civil servants to take evidence-based and data-driven policy decisions and to improve governance for creating better and more equitable schools by providing research-based policy recommendations and guidance for effective implementation. Through making our insights accessible to citizens, we inform public debate to foster active citizenship led by the principles of social justice and human rights. We are committed to work with children, parents and teachers as change makers in the reform process. Their thick narratives serve as qualitative inputs to our policy recommendations thus elevating their voices into the highest echelons of governments and administrations.