Surul Centre for Services in Rural Area (CSRA)

Project Brief: The objective of the project is to Impart reading skills / enhance reading ability of every child between 4-14 year old of ten tribal village in Illambazar Block of Birbhum;Ensure that over a 2 year period at the end of which designating these villag
Project Type: Community Based Interventions (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Anshu Gaur
Project Partner(s): bratin biswas
Other Contacts: Sandhya Raman
Project Address: , ‘Sangeet’, Vill. Surul, P.O. Sriniketan,Dist. Birbhum, West Bengal (India),,
WEST BENGAL  731236
Tel: 03463 – 320185 / (0) 943434811
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Feb 2010Silicon ValleyUSD 6650
May 2009Silicon ValleyUSD 8740

Total = $15390

Thie project sets up ten (10) community owned children Libraries in ten (10) tribal villages for scaling up two (2) Reading Classes per village for 30 children everyday. The Reading Classes be either Shishuvachan or L2R (Learning to Read) classes or one of each depending on the local needs. These will be started to impart / enhance reading skills of beginners / under-performing tribal children.

The project also plans for involving community-based organizations, schoolteachers, village education committees, parents and other important stakeholders in the L2R programme for tribal children, who have the serious difficulties in access of quality primary education. The multi stakeholder approach will ensure a combined sustainable effort for making complete reading villages.

In each village, a community mobilization meeting will be held by CSRA team members with the Panchayat, VEC members, and all village elders, where children will also be invited, the issue of primary education will be discussed, and CSRA will impress upon the village elders on the virtues of primary education for all round community progress. At the meeting the venue of the village library will be decided. The place has to come from the villagers; it could be in the Panchayat Office, Local Youth Club, Local Village School or any other local public place.

2 village volunteers per village, to begin with, will be selected in consultation with the village elders, who will be subsequently trained to run all afore-mentioned L2R modules, including Library. The training will be Village Level training, where all volunteers will be present. The modalities will be worked out at a later date.

Village Libraries will be first to start. Prior to the launch a village survey will be conducted and all children will be assessed on their reading ability, which will form the Baseline Test. Depending on the local requirement any or all the L2R modules will be introduced, after 1 month of the launch of the village library.

The proposed programme will be community based, where both in and out of school and working children will be present. Both the library and the classes will run according to their convenience. All classes, apart from the libraries, will have 1 volunteer teaching 25 children, maximum.

Mid-Term and Final Test will be conducted, at different times, with the same set of children, depending on the module they are in.
Surul Centre For Services in Rural Area (CSRA) is a non profit and non-government voluntary organisation that would commit to mobilise public opinion and generate resources for development action for the people. The members of the organisation believes on right of every citizen to lead a life of dignity and self-respect in an equitable society; and the need to improve the capacities of indi¬viduals and communities to improve the quality of their lives and enhance their ability to negotiate from the position of strength. A strength that would come from being educated, in good health and having the capacity to be engaged in productive work.

E-mail. csra.org@gmail.com