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Program Interventions

Shikshan Mitra

Background:

School education needs to become relevant to the life. Ashram schools are residential schools for the tribal students supported by the Tribal Development Department. Shikshan Mitra initiative is undertaken in these schools in Nandurbar district. These schools have now become a nucleus for development.

Aims and Objective:

Shikshan-Mittra Programme was launched by MITTRA with the aim of making the education more relevant to the setting and the lives of the tribal children and developing ashram schools as Development Centers for the surrounding Tribal Areas.


Specific Objectives:

  •  Train the tribal students with necessary skills and information.
  •  Develop personality and career choices.
  •  Facilitate interaction between ashram schools and parents / community.
  •  Develop a sense of ownership of the initiative.

Approach:

Shikshan Mitra programme is a student focused programme. It envisages that the residential tribal schools (ashram shalas) will act as development centers for the surrounding area.

Activities

The idea of such an education system is to provide exposure to the tribal students. Exposure visits are arranged to various institutions like bank and police station, to help them to gain knowledge and build a sense of confidence. Students Activity groups are formed to take the programme ahead and ensure that learning takes place effectively. Field activities, exposure visits, annual sharing workshops and participatory planning meetings with school staff form a major part of this programme.

Shikshan-Mitra Expansion Project in Nandurbar

This independent project has been launched in Nandurbar district from 1st June 2009. Project reach is 50 government and private aided Ashram Schools in Nandurbar. Along with regular activities in the Shikshan Mitra program, following new initiatives have been initiated

Work with Alumni and Dropouts
Work with alumni and dropouts are a forward link of Shikshan-Mitra program. Presently following activities are conducted under this intervention
  • Developing a comprehensive database
  • Organizing camps for dropouts on regular basis
  • Career counseling for students in 10th and 12th standard
  • Parent counseling for continuation and promotion of higher education, especially for the girls

1. Environment Education

Environment education has already been included in the school syllabus. School level program is supplemented by making it more contextual and oriented towards tribal life. Practical assignments and projects help students to understand subjects like biodiversity and interdependence among various ecosystems

2. Intensive training for field staff

Training, regional workshops and monthly meetings are conducted to enhance capacities of a team of eight members of MITTRA staff which has been constituted for the project. Topics covered include; understanding of project design with special focus on approach and objectives, scenario of education in Nandurbar district, status of higher education and career choices among tribal adolescents in Nandurbar, level of participation of children etc.

3. Record system

A systematic record system has been developed for this program. Along with earlier existing records some new records and documents have been evolved.

Community Health Program: Achievements (up to 2013)

SR

PARTICULARS

CUMULATIVE

 
   

Upto Mar 12

April 12-Mar 13

Cumulative

1

Total Schools

51

 

 

2

Agriculture Development

a

Horticulture (number of Schools)

48 ( In 3 schools we have stopped the work )

48

 

b

Forestry (number of Schools)

48

48 School

 

c

Vermicompost

33

28 School

61

d

Nursery

10

10 School

20

3

Health program

a

Personal Hygiene of students

50

48 School

48

b

Organ acquaintance

48

48 School

48

c

Awareness program

40

48 School

48

4

Trainings

a

Teacherís training

3

6

9

b

Vocational

40

48 School

48

c

Floriculture

30

41 School

41

d

Syllabus linkage

10

48 School

48

e

Environment education

7

5

7

f

Fun Learn camp

9

7

16

g

Ex student camp (number of villages)

6

5 Villages

11

h

Career guidance (number of schools)

20

21 School

41

i

Visit to local institutions

222

238 Exposure

460

j

Village Education Camp

 

7

7

k

Skill training

 

140 Student

140

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