Jyotirgamaya - Bal Mahila Kalyan

Project Brief: Jyotirgamaya is Asha's effort to increase literacy rate in Bihar. The project focuses on tribal hamlets in Katihar district.
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Shachi Patel
Project Partner(s): Rajeev Kumar
Other Contacts: Lalit Dubey
Project Address: , Officer,,Katihar,
BIHAR  854105
Tel: 91-6452-229529
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Jan 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 9271
Sep 2007ChicagoUSD 2500
Aug 2007Silicon ValleyUSD 1520
Jan 2007Silicon ValleyUSD 1520
Mar 2005UICUSD 1000
Dec 2005Silicon ValleyUSD 1000
Mar 2004UICUSD 1015
Dec 2003BerkeleyUSD 1000
Dec 2003Silicon ValleyUSD 1000
Dec 2002BerkeleyUSD 1533
Dec 2001BerkeleyUSD 1050

Total = $22409

The student attendance in government schools in the Katihar region of Bihar is very low. The students are discouraged from going to school because of poverty and preoccupation with labour work. There are areas where there are no schools in the vicinity. The Jyotirgamaya group has unique model that works towards getting 100% attendace in the schools.
The goal of the project is to have 100% attendance of school going children in the schools.
The group was established in December 1999 with goal of increasing the level of literacy among underprivileged children of Bihar, one of the Indian state with lowest literacy rate. The group has a very simple and modest goal of having every child physically present in the school. The project measures effectiveness through attendance.