SHIKSHA

Education is believed to be the only means for a developing nation like India to develop widely and hence the RTE (Right To Education) Act was implemented in the year 2009 enforcing free and compulsory education to all children between 6 to 14 years. RTE Act’s main goal has been to achieve 100% literacy rate across the country and increase the awareness levels.

According to a survey in 2013 conducted in 780 Government Schools across 13 Indian States, key facilities such as toilets and drinking water were mostly found missing or in a poor condition. Added to this, there is the problem of lack of teachers for the large numbers of children attending the government schools. Against this backdrop, access to education is problematic for India’s poor and it makes it difficult for appropriate education to be imparted to the children.

Description of the Program

  • Working with a cluster of 9 schools in the Shaikpet Mandal in Hyderabad
  • Building necessary infrastructure and hiring teachers to improve status of the government schools.
  • Improving teacher to student ratio is key to ensure better learning outcomes for the children. The current teacher to student ratio in the schools is 1:35. Kriti has employed 17 teachers in these 9 schools, thereby improving the teacher to student ratio to 1:25.
  • Focus on teacher training – over 20 days of training per teacher per annum to enable us to deliver good quality teaching with local community resources
  • The allotment of classes to the teachers and day to day supervision lies with the principal of the school.
  • Providing essentials like notebooks and art and craft supplies to the children to ensure their education is unhindered.

Impact

  • There is direct impact on the students who are being taught by the Kriti appointed teachers. If the teachers were not appointed, then the schools would be understaffed and teaching across the school would suffer. Over 2050 children are enrolled in these 9 schools. Impact is also seen in the improvement of grades of children taught by Kriti appointed teachers compared to other classes
  • In all the schools where teachers were appointed by Kriti, we have noticed an increase in enrolment.

Kriti works with the Department of Education to share the concerns regarding teacher attendance, performance and school infrastructure. Over a period of time we have seen that as school enrolment improves, the department allocates more teachers to the schools. With better infrastructure and support, it is also easier to attract government teachers to take up posting in the school and thus the school improves and sustains at a higher level than before the intervention. Advocacy towards sustainability of the government schools with better government support is a key element of the project

Kriti teacher Balamani at MGN primary school

Volunteers with children at NBT primary school

Activity during class at Ambedkar Nagar school