Promoting Education Culture among the Children of 16 Tribal Villages in Kamrup and Biswanath Chariali districts of Assam

 

Project Goal

Tribal Children in 16 villages in the District of Kamrup and Biswanath, Assam have been accessing education and the villages are free from social evils that affected the children by 2020

Objectives
Objective: 01
At least 40 % of the targeted children between the age group 5-12 Years (class 1-VII) in 16 villages are accessing regular schools (Private /government) by July 2019 through the intervention of the Project
 Objective: 02
Children Parliament are functioning effectively and members performing their duties in minimum 10 villages by the year 2018.

Concept Dissemination on Neighborhood Children's Parliament at Hathisila

“The neighborhood Children’s Parliament” is a forum for Children's participation in local governance, giving suggestions, regarding the development of the neighborhood, needs and problems of children. In order to give awareness on the concept of NCP to parents and local leaders a Training was conducted at different centres

Outcome
1. The villagers and children understood about NCP as well as its
    objectives
2. The Children understood their role and responsibilities

Concept Dissemination on Neighborhood Children's Parliament

Three day residential leadership training for children of Children'sParliaments from Bridge Schools, was conducted from 24th – 26th September, 2018 at NEDSF. The aim of the training was to build the capacity of the leaders of the Neighborhood Children's Parliament. The training was facilitated by Mr. Tennyson Shaiphu, the project coordinator. Forty five children participated in the training. The important component of the training was the concept of Children's Parliament, how to form Children's Parliament, Process of Election of ministers and roles and responsibility. The coordinator explained in detail about the advantages of Children's Parliament citing success stories from Neighborhood Community Network Tamil Nadu. Training also included screening of motivational videos, competitions in games, dances, singing and poem recitation by the children. The training helped children understand the overall concept of Children's Parliament and motivated the children to attend the
bridge school regularly and study better.

Campaign on Rights to Education

The training brought about awareness among children and parents on the Right to Education. One of the resource persons Mr.Anthony Xess from Amsing Jorabat spoke about the importance of education and highlighted the Right to Education. He said that every child between the ages of 6-14 has the right to pursue education. Right to Education Act provides free and compulsory education up to elementary school. He encouraged parents to send their children to school. He also spoke on the importance of education. He said that an educated child is equipped with basic knowledge of reading, writing and simple as well as knowledge of theri rights and duties. He or she will understand their own rights. The child can participate actively in decision and policy making. He also motivated the children to study hard and develop their potential.

 

  1. Changes with our interventions

There are a lot of observable changes among the children as well as the overall life situations of the people of the villages where our centres are located. There are very many success stories. Here is one such story. Xavier Jatarma of Class V is a student of Bagmari Tea Estate Bridge school. He is one the many dropouts who enrolled himself in the Bridge School. After joining the bridge school he took extra interest to study and also help others. He comes to school before other students and helps the teacher. He keeps himself neat and clean and asks his fellow students to do the same. He tells them to come to school regularly. He is the role model for many students at Bagmari Tea Estate Bridge School. The above changes are possible because of sensitization meetings with parents, local leaders and local government leaders like Panchayat Presidents, ward members etc. Home based motivational visits by animators also helped in convincing the parents, that education is important for the children. Gradually students started to attend the school. Various competitions like drawing, dancing and singing were also conducted to encourage the children to come to school. Now the number of students has increased from 200 to 748.
Children’s Praliament are formed in all the centres. They have meetings once in a month. Actions plan are prepared and implemented in their little way. They are able to help the poorest student among them through Children’s Parliament. They keep their surroundings neat and clean. Children’s Parliament observed important days and planted trees on Earth Day and Environment Day. The children developed a sense of ownership of their environment and began to think creatively to make the neighborhood a better place, involving elders of the community in their initiatives.

Achievements

  • Enrollment of 748 children in the village school centre in the current reporting period.
  • Has been able to reach out to 5000 beneficiaries indirectly including parents, local government, and church leaders.
  • Through sensitization seminar on education the parents have realized the importance of education.
  • Children are also regularly attending the school and their progress is being monitored through the attendance register maintained by the teacher.
  • 22 school drop-outs children have been admitted to formal school for the current academic session January 2018.
  • Regular Children‘s Parliament Meetings with action plans
  • Children are addressing their local issues through Children’s Parliaments