Jagriti Bal Vikas Samiti - Lodhar Project

Project Brief: JBVS, Lodhar is a school for economically disadvantaged children in the Lodhar village. These children are deprived of traditional education avenues, and Asha is helping the school achieve its goals for educating these kids.
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: children of migrant workers (description)

Secondary Focus: children who are working

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: DC
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Rashi Jain
Project Partner(s): Madhav Ranganathan
Other Contacts: Shaibal Dutta
Project Address: , Lodhar Village,PO Mandhana,Kanpur,
UTTAR PRADESH  209217
Tel: 91-917275002345
Stewarding Chapter: DC
Oct 2017DCUSD 18207
Jul 2017DCUSD 18351
Jul 2016CornellUSD 5041
May 2016DCUSD 9858
Aug 2015CornellUSD 4624
Jun 2015CornellUSD 6639
Jun 2014SeattleUSD 29880
Sep 2013CornellUSD 3925
Jul 2013SeattleUSD 24004
Mar 2012SeattleUSD 24300
Jan 2012DCUSD 4250
Mar 2011SeattleUSD 4600
Mar 2011SeattleUSD 7500
Jan 2010DCUSD 3000
Oct 2009DCUSD 4000
Dec 1999SeattleUSD 2058

Total = $170237

Such social support structures as educational and health facilities are often poor in the northern Indian states like Uttar Pradesh. The situation is perhaps the worst in Kanpur due to a heavy concentration of population. Even the meagre facilities are not accessible to village children. They are often deprived of traditional health and education avenues and, hence, Asha supports JBVS to fulfill its goal for educating these children.

In Kanpur, the migrant workers largely come from Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Bihar and Orissa. They are employed by the contractors in construction, road laying and brick kiln activities. They live in temporary hutments (jhuggis, in local language) nearby their work places. In this adverse economical and social conditions, they can not take proper care of educating their children. They may not even aware of the needs of their education.

To bridge this gap, the JBVS has been successfully running the Swami Vivekananda Vidyalaya (also known informally as Lodhar School) for many years at Lodhar. The Lodhar School has provided the following description for itself (more details are provided in the annual project proposal).

Swami Vivekanand Vidyalay uses innovative teaching techniques to impart effective education. It is hands-on and interactive where the emphasis is on learning by doing. Occasionally, cultural events are organized in which children present skits, songs, etc. There is no corporal punishment in the school and the teaching philosophy is one of compassion for the students. Lodhar and neighboring villages have people predominantly from OBC, Brahmins, Muslims, and schedule castes. However, the school is above any caste or religious bias and strictly adheres to secular and humanist perspective. The children of village Lodhar are given admission on a priority basis. The remaining seats are allotted on a first come first serve to the children from neighbouring villages. Due to lack of space in school more than 100 students are deprived to take admission every year. There are 291 students in the school at present, out which 45% are boys and 55% are girls. The school also provides other services to the children and their families (such as meals, health care, clothing, and so forth).
JBVS's Swami Vivekanand Vidyalaya aims to provide children a holistic education where they acquire literacy, learn formal subjects, as well as inculcate the cherished values of dignity, equality, cooperation, self expression, sense of freedom, self learning, and scientific approach. Our children are aware of health-care, hygiene, nutrition, and computers. The school provides a strong foundation to children so that they can handle their future confidently. It has a team of dedicated teachers, who are constantly exposed to trainings and lectures by students and faculty from IIT Kanpur, Eklavya, and other groups. The idea is to equip the teachers with new pedagogical methods and conceptual foundations in various subjects. The teachers provide a free and friendly environment to the children to learn without fear.
Jagriti Bal Vikas Samiti is an organization working for children's education and welfare. It is running schools for the underprivileged children and working towards their social and economic development. It is also attempting to develop an effective and meaningful academic and vocational curriculum, educational materials and teaching kits for primary schools, training the teachers, and establishing alternative employment resources with no undue stress on academic excellence. Jagriti family consists of volunteers and workers from IIT students and faculty, school teachers, villagers, children, and full-time social workers.

During the late eighties Vivekananda Samiti, a student wing of IIT Kanpur along with a few volunteers from outside took up the challenge of educating the children of migrant labourers on the campus. This activity led to a cooperative movement of migrant labourers in 1991. A group consisting of IIT students, faculty, and social workers continued to teach kids of the members of the cooperative. Around 1994 some members of IIT community and social workers felt the necessity of an independent forum to address the issue of education and welfare of underprivileged children. Thus a journey began.
The project is currently seeking funds for an annual budget of about Rs. 20,00,000.