Gramin Shiksha Kendra Samiti

Project Brief: Traditional education does not seem to lead anywhere for agrarian communities - it does not provide meaningful employment and the educated person is useless to extant agrarian patterns. Uday aims to bring relevance into education.
Project Type: Alternative Education (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Austin
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Mohit Sood
Project Partner(s): Sachin Sachdeva
Other Contacts: Murali Narasimhan
Project Address: , 41, Bal Mandir Colony,Bazaria,Sawai Madhopur,
RAJASTHAN  322001
Tel: +91-7462-233507
Stewarding Chapter: Austin
Jul 2017AustinUSD 8048
Apr 2017AustinUSD 4079
Jan 2017AustinUSD 7565
Sep 2016AustinUSD 7631
Nov 2015AustinUSD 6299
Aug 2015AustinUSD 6290
Jan 2015Silicon ValleyUSD 5029
Aug 2014Silicon ValleyUSD 5060
Mar 2014Silicon ValleyUSD 4621
Oct 2013Silicon ValleyUSD 4636
Apr 2013Silicon ValleyUSD 7225
Nov 2012Silicon ValleyUSD 10424
May 2012Silicon ValleyUSD 11100
Dec 2011AustinUSD 2100
May 2011Silicon ValleyUSD 15535
Mar 2011AustinUSD 2808
Dec 2010Silicon ValleyUSD 15535
Jul 2010AustinUSD 9957
May 2010Silicon ValleyUSD 9350
Apr 2010AustinUSD 1511
Apr 2010Work an HourUSD 4478
Dec 2009AustinUSD 5000
Dec 2009Work an HourUSD 7000
Sep 2009Silicon ValleyUSD 21068
Aug 2009AustinUSD 4429
May 2009Silicon ValleyUSD 13022
Mar 2009AustinUSD 6662
Jan 2009Silicon ValleyUSD 13300
Nov 2008AustinUSD 6769
Jul 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 11142
Mar 2008AustinUSD 7241
Mar 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 11896
Jul 2007AustinUSD 10000
Mar 2007AustinUSD 9270
Nov 2006AustinUSD 5000
Oct 2005AustinUSD 6132

Total = $287212

The organization has established five model schools (Uday Pathshala) with objectives of setting standards for education. These education centers are owned by the community. It is expected that once a certain quality is provided and observed and perceived by the community it will demand a similar level of quality from the other educational facilities in the area, especially government facilities. It is expected that with this understanding people will generate political pressure for improvement in government schools. In the case of private schools it will perhaps be easier as they would then be expected to provide that quality in order to stay in business.

These schools will also create models of alternative ownership of schools, which till date are known to be owned either by government or private entrepreneurs. In most of India, the community finds itself stuck between two bad options - a school that does not work and a school that is not accountable. Any community if it has and feels the ownership will be concerned about the quality of the school and the education that it is providing. It is expected that over time seeing the benefit in having community schools, the government would be able to convert some of its schools into community owned and managed schools. The success of this project is not just in making the schools that are set up run effectively but in bringing a change in the way the other schools in the area operate.

The government has been trying to improve the education system of the state for long. Their first priority was in ensuring reach to education by any means and which they did by setting up rather sub-standard schools. This led to a crisis of quality, which the government is still not in a position to address. There is an assumption that improved quality implies better infrastructure.

Gramin Shiksha Kendra aims to address this issue of quality squarely and provide an option that is easily adaptable and implement-able in the government school sphere. The first element is in developing a truly community led and owned school. A school where the community has a major say in deciding what is taught and where the children do not get alienated from the rural area as a result of education.

In 2003, Gramin Shiksha Kendra finally set up the Uday approach through which it will bring in the much-needed relevance to education for the rural communities.

All the schools run by Gramin Shiksha Kendra have been set up in Sawai Madhopur area in Rajasthan. Asha has supported 3 schools since 2005. We started supporting school in Jaganpura village from 2005, and school in Bodal village from 2006 and Girirajpura village from 2015. All of these schools are close to Sawai Madhopur city and close to the Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary.
Setting standards of quality in school education
Establishing model of community owned school
Evolving pedagogy and curriculum for relevant education

Mission Statement: Uday will over a ten-year period set up three high quality learning-centres and schools in the Sawai Madhopur and Khandar blocks of Sawai Madhopur district. This will help communities see and learn what quality in education actually means. In addition, through a community outreach programme, encourages them to demand better quality of education from the existing governmental school system and the private sector. Uday will also design, develop and implement a curriculum and evolve a pedagogy which makes education more relevant to people's lives in the rural areas and gives them the information necessary to take informed decisions and make informed choices about their livelihoods and their future.
In 1996 after a series of experiences of working together on social and environmental development issues in Sawai Madhopur, a group of people from the villages along with two external development professionals felt that a lot that was wrong in the socio-economic conditions of Sawai Madhopur was the result of poor and irrelevant education that the existing system had on offer. This group decided to make an attempt to change that and together formed the Gramin Shiksha Kendra.

Gramin Shiksha Kendra was set up as a Society under the Rajasthan Societies Act, 1958 and is mandated to work in Rajasthan on issues related to education and development.

Gramin Shiksha Kendra remained on the drawing board for over seven years till the right combination of talent, enthusiasm and preparedness was available to take it forward. It became operational in 2003.

BOARD MEMBERS
1. Mr. Sachin Sachdeva (president): A management graduate from IRMA with 20 years experience in development sector.
2. Mr. Prithiviraj Meena (vice-president): a farmer (and previously the Zilla Pramukh of Sawai Madhopur district) with the urge to learn everything that he had not been able to in school and to lead, like he was destined to.
3. Mr. Vijendra Pal Sisodiya (Secretary): A rare talent from Sawai Madhopur; teacher by profession but also an artist, writer and poet.
4. Krishnavtar Sharma (treasurer) : Krishna is an advocate by training and is from village Khilchipur on the periphery of the National Park. He was one of the initiators of the ecodevelopment project in the area and currently is the Joint Director of Aajeevika Bureau which works with migrant communities in Rajasthan and India
5. Ms. Jyotsna Lall (member): A management graduate from IRMA with 20 years experience in development sector particularly in the field of education.
6. Radhyshyam Sen (member): A driver who realized the meaning of being unemployed straddled the farm and non-farm sector to make ends meet.
7. Kalyan Hiraman (member) : Kalyanji of ‘Devta’ as he is called is a Buffallo herder and farmer from the erstwhile Mordungri village now relocated to Girirajpura. He is the idea behind the organisation and continues to be its conscience keeper.
8. Rampal Gurjar (member) : Rampal Gurjar is a goatherd and a farmer. He is a conscientious parent but is sad that the education system has failed him. He would like all children in the area to be educated and then choose what they want to do with their lives.
Oct 2017 Girirajpura School - Half Yearly report - Oct 2017
Oct 2017 Proposal for Construction of 2nd Room
Oct 2017 Fund Utilization report - Apr to Sep 2017
Sep 2017 GSK Audit Report 2016-17
Sep 2017 List of Students - 2017
Jul 2017 Fund Utilization report - Room Construction at Girirajpura
Jul 2017 GSK Girirajpura school update for 2017-18
Jul 2017 GSK Girirajpura school proposal for 2017-18
May 2017 GSK Report from Nov 2016 to June 2017
May 2017 Fund Utilization 2016-17
Mar 2017 Girirajpura_school_room_construction_updated_proposal
Jan 2017 List of Teachers
Jan 2017 List of School Committee Members
Dec 2016 Asha Austin Discussion and Vote
Nov 2016 Fund Utilization Girirajpura School Apr to Nov 2016
Nov 2016 Girirajpura School Staff
Nov 2016 Girirajpura Budget for 2nd Disbursal 2016
Sep 2016 GSK Report - April to Sept 2016
Sep 2016 Asha Austin Discussion and Vote - Sep 11 2016
Aug 2016 GSK-Audit-Report-2015-16.pdf
Jul 2016 Girirajpura School Budget for 2016
Jul 2016 Girirajpura school update for 2016
Jul 2016 Site Visit Report - Girirajpura - 2016
Jun 2016 Girirajpura Report from Nov'15 to June'16
Mar 2016 Fund Utilization Girirajpura School Apr 2015 to Mar 2016
Jan 2016 Girirajpura School - Student List
Jan 2016 Girirajpura School Management committee members
Jan 2016 Kilol 2016 pictures & report
Nov 2015 Girirajpura School Report
Nov 2015 Girirajpura School Vote
Oct 2015 GSK Report - May to Oct 2015
Sep 2015 Fund Utilization Girirajpura School Apr to Sep 2015
Apr 2015 Girirajpura School Vote
Mar 2015 Girirajpura Proposal Mar 2015
Mar 2015 Girirajpura Budget 2015-16
Mar 2015 Audit Report (2014-15)
Mar 2015 Annual Report (2015)
Jan 2015 Site Visit (Murali)
Jan 2015 Partner Summit
Dec 2014 Progress report
Oct 2014 Site visit
Jul 2014 Updates and budget
Jun 2014 Audit Report (2013-2014)
Apr 2014 Human Development Report for Sawai Madhopur
Mar 2014 Annual Report (2013-14)
Nov 2013 Site Visit
Aug 2013 Renewal budget (2013-2014)
Aug 2013 Audit report (2013)
Apr 2013 Meeting minutes and poll (SV)
Apr 2013 Audit (2011-2012)
Mar 2013 GSK presentation
Mar 2013 Site visit (Murali)
Mar 2013 Bodal-govt plan
Mar 2013 Annual report (2012)
Mar 2013 Annual Report (2012-13)
Oct 2012 Presentation(SV)
Oct 2012 SV Meeting Minutes - Oct 2012
Sep 2012 Vistaar Report 4
Apr 2012 Site Visit
Mar 2012 GSK Eval Doc 2010-11
Feb 2012 SV Meeting Minutes - Feb 2012
Feb 2012 Presentation (SV)
Feb 2012 Presentation (SV)
Feb 2012 SV Meeting Minutes - Feb 2012
Nov 2011 Annual Report (2011)
Nov 2011 Proposed Budget 2012 (SV)
Oct 2011 Presentation (SV)
Oct 2011 Strategy (Austin)
Oct 2011 SV Meeting Minutes - Oct 2011
Sep 2011 Updates
Aug 2011 Utilization of funds
Apr 2011 Graduates in 2011
Apr 2011 Meeting Minutes (SV)
Mar 2011 Site Visit (Murali)
Feb 2011 Report (July 2010 - Jan 2011)
Dec 2010 Annual Report 2009-10
Oct 2010 GSK Eval Doc 2009-10
Aug 2010 Receipt (Austin)
Aug 2010 Proposed Budget (SV)
Aug 2010 Presentation (SV)
Aug 2010 SV Meeting Minutes Aug 2010
Jul 2010 Fund Utilization Report (2009-10)
Jul 2010 Receipts [Mar - May 2010]
May 2010 Updates (SV)
May 2010 Proposal (2010-11)
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May 2010 SV_minutes_May2010
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Mar 2010 Updates (July - Dec 2009)
Mar 2010 Morange 6
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Dec 2009 Morange (Oct 2009)
Dec 2009 Site Visit (Zankhana)
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Sep 2009 Project Evaluation Doc (09-10)
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Aug 2009 Budget(SV)
Jul 2009 Budget (Work An Hour)
Jul 2009 Meeting Minutes (SV)
Jun 2009 Bodal construction expenses
Apr 2009 Meeting Minutes (SV)
Apr 2009 Proposal (2009-10)
Apr 2009 Meeting Minutes (SV)[2]
Feb 2009 Site Visit (Zankhana)
Dec 2008 Budget (with infrastructure)
Nov 2008 Infrastructure budget (proposed)
Oct 2008 Budget Q&A
Oct 2008 student progress sample 1 (2004-08)
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Oct 2008 student progress sample 3 (2004-08)
Oct 2008 Budget (2008-09)
Sep 2008 Proposed budget (2008-09)
Sep 2008 Annual Report (2007-08)
Jun 2008 Study - Reality Check
Apr 2008 Site Visit (Rajesh)
Mar 2008 Kilol 2008 Report (Hindi)
Aug 2007 Site Visit (Rajesh)
Jul 2007 Update from Bodal
Jul 2007 Budget 2007-08
Jun 2007 Annual Report (2006-07)
May 2007 Q & A
Apr 2007 Teacher Training
Mar 2007 Update (Jan - Mar 2007)
Dec 2006 Update (Jun - Dec 2006)
Sep 2006 School Brochures
Sep 2006 Trifold brochures
Sep 2006 Syllabus Math (sample)
Sep 2006 Student Progress Card (sample)
Sep 2006 Annual Report (2005 - 06)
Sep 2006 Site Visit (Murali)
Aug 2006 Bal Book (creative journal)
Aug 2006 Uday Patrika (newspaper by children)
Jun 2006 Q & A
May 2006 Budget (2006 - 07)
Mar 2006 Updates
Dec 2005 Update (Jun - Dec 2005)
Jul 2005 One Year At Uday (Report)
Jul 2005 Budget Q&A
Jul 2005 Budget Q&A - Part 2
Jul 2005 Conference Call Minutes
Jun 2005 Budget (2005 - 06)
May 2005 Q & A
Apr 2005 Pictures
Apr 2005 Site Visit (Murali)
May 2004 Proposal
May 2004 Concept Note