Education for All

Project Brief: Provide preliminary and supplementary education to the children of daily laborers.
Project Type: Pre-Primary (description)
Primary Focus: children who are working (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Colorado
Status: completed - things went wrong
Project Steward: Chandrika Jena
Project Partner(s): Hochiminh Sastri
Other Contacts: Fehmida Kapadia
Project Address: , Padmashree Society,,Bachhara Patna,
ORISSA  752050
Tel: 91-674-2492740
Stewarding Chapter: Colorado
Jan 2007ColoradoUSD 300
Aug 2006ClevelandUSD 940
Apr 2006ColoradoUSD 1100

Total = $2340

‘Education For All’ is one of the projects run by Padmashree Society in a village called Bachhara Patna in Orissa, India. This village is located in Jatani block and is 20 km away from Bhubaneswar.

This project targets the children (boys and girls) of daily laborers. Because of their financial situation and the illiteracy among their parents, these children are often forced to join the workforce. So they either drop out of the local Government school or do not enroll in school at all.

‘Education for all’ has 2 distinct activities. It has a pre-school to motivate kids and their parents to send the kids to Govt. school. The age of children who attend pre-school ranges from 2.5 to 5 years. This project provides the children preliminary education, food and medicine.

The 2nd part of this project is a supplementary education program. Once the kids are enrolled in Govt. school it provides them support (tuition, vocational training, food, medicines, and textbooks) to make sure that they don't drop out. This program also provides education to the children who have already dropped out from school and tries to put them back in the Govt. school.

The total number of children enrolled for year 2006-07 is 62. 32 of them attend the pre-school. The pre-school runs from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. The children are given lunch after the study hour which is also the incentive for them to come to the school. The supplementary education program consists of 30 children. These classes for children are conducted from 4:30pm to 8:30pm. In this program teachers help the students to understand the study material that they had been taught during school hours. This supplementary school ends with dinner around 10:00pm in the night. There are 4 teachers who take care of both the pre-school and supplementary school programs.

This project is being funded by Asha-Colorado and Asha-Cleveland. Asha-Colorado is supporting the educational costs for this project i.e. teachers' salary and the cost of educational material (text books, note books, geometry equipments, pen/pencil etc.). Asha-Cleveland is funding the nutritional budget of this project.

In the first round of funding Asha-Colorado has disbursed $1100 to ‘Education for all’. For the 2nd half of this year Asha-Colorado has disbursed $300.
Provide preliminary and supplementary education to the children of daily laborers. Preliminary education motivates the children to enroll in the Govt. school. Supplementary education helps the school going children in their studies.
Padmashree Society was started in 1993 by an enthusiastic engineer Mr. Hochiminh Sastri and a group of people from Bachharapatna village. The initial purpose of the organization was to generate employment for women of the village. As part of this effort a candle making unit was set up. The next targets of the organization were educated unemployed youth in that area. Vocational training in house wiring, dress making etc. was conducted using grants from state/central Govt. The above programs were not completely non-profit activities as the organization got some percentage of profit by selling the manufactured candles in the local market.

Once Padmashree Society had enough money to start non-profit activities, a day-care center was started for the old people in the local area. This was followed by a pre-school and supplementary education program for the local children. These programs are experimenting with various innovative techniques of teaching to attract and retain children. Last year, the school had 28 children. Due to the positive result of the school the number of children has gone up to 62 this year. Padmashree Society also arranges community programs to increase the educational and health awareness among the parents of these children.