Spastics Society- Vidya project

Project Brief: The Current Program Focuses on1. Imparting need based in-service training to regular teachers at the doorstep2. Identifying talented and gifted and promoting their interest.3. Setting up very cost effective infrastructure and resource facilities t
Project Type: Disabilities (description)
Primary Focus: children with disabilities (description)

Secondary Focus: remedial education

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: Support ended.
Project Steward: Shailesh Vaishnavi
Project Partner(s): Sunil Laxman
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , 31, 5th Cross, Off 5th Main,Indira Nagar, 1st Stage,Yelahanka, Bangalore District,
KARNATAKA  560 038
Tel: 091-080-5274633
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Dec 2007SeattleUSD 0
Oct 2006SeattleUSD 4000
Dec 2006SeattleUSD 0

Total = $4000

OBJECTIVES:
1) To supplement and enrich learning experiences for children who are having
difficulty in coping with school with special reference to first generation learners.
2) To Strengthen the existing momentum in “Education for All” as per the
Sarva Siksha Abhiyan –Government of India program for teachers.
3) To reduce drop out rate, in the children of school going age, especially
those from the disadvantaged groups.
4) To develop the infrastructure in terms of mobile learning units and strengthen
the existing manpower for cost effectiveness.
5) To establish Vidya as the link mode in Education between Urban and Rural
Karnataka.

PRESENT SCENARIO:
There is nearly a 30% school drop out rate between 5th and 7th grade.
Programs like the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan –Government of India
program for teachers and Azim Pemji Foundations focus on children
from the main stream classrooms. But it is not adequate.









PLAN OF ACTION:
The Current Program Focuses on
1. Imparting need based in-service training to regular teachers at the doorstep
2. Identifying talented and gifted and promoting their interest.
3. Setting up very cost effective infrastructure and resource facilities to
deal with children having learning disorders every school under our
project – Vidya.

Methodology:
1) Identification Of the Schools: The locality will be identified with the help of
the office of public instruction and local leaders.
2) Identification of teacher needs: This will be done in consultation with the
local principals and teachers of the target schools.
3) In-service training : An intensive in-service training will be given to the
teachers. The topics will be based on the curriculum set
by the state government. Specific sessions on problems in
learning and the academic area that the school specifies.
preparation of teaching aids: Appropriate visual aids will be made,
based on the school needs.

Monitoring: Once the children with academic problems are identified, the trained staff will teach these children. The program will be evaluated by a pretest – (for baseline data)- continuous evaluation ( for optimum program benefit)- Post testing ( for finding the impact of Vidya on the academic performance of these beneficiaries)

Target Population: Children from the economically and educationally deprived homes (first time learners), who are attending main stream schools. (Teachers from 16 schools when informally interviewed have opined that, there are about 300 children with difficulties in their schools)

Target Area : Rural schools in and around Harrohalli, Kanakapura Taluk in
Bangalore Rural District. which is about 50 Km from Bangalore







Beneficiaries:
1. Primary School Children –First generation learners.
2. Families .
3. School and community
4. Government

Recording of progress will be systematic. A report will be presented to the principal and concerned teacher twice a year. At the end of the year a seminar presentation on the project would be held to the target audience of teachers, educators, office bearers in the department of education and ministry of education. A detailed half yearly progress and report will be submitted to the sponsoring organization.

Program output:
The current program will definitely
1. Reduce the drop out rates.
2. Improve the regularity of attendance.
3. Help children with learning difficulties and other disabilities to achieve
better learning skills.


Budget


Sl.No. Description Expenses per annum in INR
1 Coordinator ( Fulltime) @ Rs. 5,000 per month X 12 Months Rs. 60,000.00
2 Special Educator (Part Time) @ Rs. 2,000 per month X 12 Months Rs. 24,000.00
3 Psychologist ( Part Time) @ Rs 2,000 per month X 12 moths Rs. 24,000.00
4 16 sets materials and teaching aids @ Rs.4,000 each Rs. 64,000.00
5 Conveyance expenses Rs. 2,000 per month X 12 Months Rs 24,000.00
Total Rs.1,96,000.00

TOTAL RUPEES ONE LAKH NINETY SIX THOUSAND ONLY.

OBJECTIVES:
1) To supplement and enrich learning experiences for children who are having
difficulty in coping with school with special reference to first generation learners.
2) To Strengthen the existing momentum in “Education for All” as per the
Sarva Siksha Abhiyan –Government of India program for teachers.
3) To reduce drop out rate, in the children of school going age, especially
those from the disadvantaged groups.
4) To develop the infrastructure in terms of mobile learning units and strengthen
the existing manpower for cost effectiveness.
5) To establish Vidya as the link mode in Education between Urban and Rural
Karnataka.

HISTORY AND PURPOSE OF THE ORGANISATION

Spastics Society of Karnataka is a Non-Governmental organization dedicated to the welfare of Persons with Neuromuscular and Developmental Disabilities in area of Social, Educational, Economic, Health and Rehabilitation. Spastics Society of Karnataka is one of the pioneering organizations working with person with disabilities of different Socio-economic strata for the last twenty five years. This organization was started in the year 1981 (as Spastics Society of India from 1982 to 1994 and Spastics Society of Karnataka from 1994 onwards), under the societies registration act of 1960 with a team of socially sensitive people.. With this experience the organisation understood the need for quality diagnostic methods for betterment of the Educational and Rehabilitation services. Hence, the Diagnostic and Research Center with Multi-Medical, Educational and Rehabilitation services using the state of art equipment was started, helping us to improve on overall services.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE ORGANISATION

To collect, organize and disseminate knowledge related to prevention, treatment, education and rehabilitation of developmentally disabled from various national and International sources.
To represent the society at both the National and International conferences or committee for the furtherance of the aims and objectives similar to those of the society.
To undertake studies and research in the field of rehabilitation of disabled and publish the results in the national and international level.
To conduct medical rehabilitation and special educational approaches to develop the disabled person to his/her maximum potential and then train them into some income generation activity.
To reach quality educational, vocational, for the poor children in urban and rural areas by transporting them to main center where there is a diagnostic and research unit with quality rehabilitation team and state of art equipment.
It is opined that provision of education to persons with disabilities with an inclusive orientation is the ‘most effective means of combating discriminatory attitudes, creating welcoming communities, building an inclusive society and achieving education for all…’ (Salamanca Statement And Framework For Action On Special Needs Education, 1994).
In India, The National Policy on Education (NPE) (1986) and other declarations subsequent to the policy (Delhi Declaration On Education For All, 1993) recommended as a goal to integrate the differently abled with general communities at all levels and ensure a place for all children in school, in consonance with their capabilities.
Though a number of baseline studies have been conducted in the District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) districts, the achievement levels of disabled children have not been commented on. The Project Integrated Education of the Disabled children (PIED) launched in 1988-89 did touch this issue. Findings indicate that the achievement/learning levels of disabled children in general are at par with those of non-disabled children.
Learning is the process of acquiring, and retaining knowledge so it may be applied in life situations. Learning is not a passive process. Millions of children have been labeled learning disabled. Learning can become a nightmare when there are memory problems, difficulties in following directions, trouble with the visual or auditory perception of information, and an ability to perform paper-and-pencil tasks (i.e. writing compositions, note taking, doing written homework, and taking tests). These children have the potentials and can be helped. Apart from the psychological effects it has on child , in India, there are other factors that aggravate the deficiency. Over crowded class rooms (due to over population) hence inadequate individual attention, multilingual medium of instruction, first generation learners, have made the situation still worse. (Surendranath P.Nishanimut, teacher cum trainer, Samveda Training & Research Centre, Karnataka).