Unit of Transformation
Rajeshwari, worker at Anganwadi in Vadnalli village is noted as an active facilitator of pre-school education (PSE). She is busy from 10 am to 1 pm engaging children in varied activities. Children flock her center knowing that their day would be filled with fun filled activities and also would learn something new. On a normal day around 25-30 children are bustling in the center.
The young worker has been in service for the last 7 years unfolds a chapter “two years before” from her memoir, “The center was not flushed with adequate teaching-playing-materials and neither did I have a good understanding of PSE. There were about 6-7 children coming into the center and the days were spent with couple of action songs and a story. I felt it was fine. The resistance was strong when my center was selected for conversion as an observation Anganwadi. Read more
ICT – A Game Changing Tool for Teachers and Students
Government Girls High School (GGHS), Yadgir, was one of the many schools in the district that received IT related equipment such as an overhead projector, photocopier, UPS, etc. to enable Information Communications Technology (ICT) based education for high school students, under Phase III of the ICT scheme of the state government. Simultaneously, all the subject teachers of the school received ICT training, so that they could make optimum use of technology for ensuring a better teaching-learning process. Ironically, the school received no computers - which are the backbone for any ICT intervention. Jyothi, a Science teacher and a state- level master resource person in the subject recalls, “lack of computers in the school was a major concern for us, as we were unable to use the technical resources and our expertise for classroom instructions.”
In June, 2014 ‘Spoorthi’ – a programme designed by Kalike, focusing on integrating ICT in secondary schools and building capacity of teachers – put Jyothi’s fears to rest. Under this programme, Kalike facilitated the procurement of 5 computers for GGHS, given by Infosys, Bengaluru. Read more
The Change Maker
The Govt. Higher Primary School (GHPS) at Killankera village, situated at around 24 km. from Yadgir town, has 295 students and 7 teachers of which five are guest teachers and two regular teachers. In the month of November 2014, the School Development & Monitoring Committee (SDMC) developed a School Development Plan (SDP) with 6 development needs identified by the stakeholders. The action points decided included, arranging safe drinking water, proper maintenance of school environment, mainstreaming of dropout children, conducting parents meeting regularly, filling the vacant teacher posts and motivating stakeholders to actively participate in school activities.
Since then, Mr. Hanamanth Bavuru, president of SDMC, has been actively engaging himself and also motivating other members of the SDMC and all stakeholders, resulting in achievement of nearly 80% of the action points of the SDP. He has committed himself to make GHPS, Killankera as a model school in next 2-3 years. Read more
A little support all it needs for improvement
Ishwarya, studies in 4th std. at Govt. Higher Primary School of Allipur village in Yadgir block. She is one of the 6 children of Sabanna and Ratnamma, who belong to below poverty line family, struggling to manage the responsibility of bringing up large family. All the children along with parents work in fields for daily wages except Ishwarya. Ishwarya attends school regularly and involves actively in academic activities with keen interest.
But, one year back, even Ishwarya also could be seen working in the field. Even though Sabanna and Ratnamma were eager to see their daughter in school, Ishwarya was not showing any interest in studying and did not like to attend school, hence mostly being absent from classes. She was introvert, and did not mix with others easily. Hence she was low performer academically and also not participating in extra-curricular activities. Read more
Kanchagarahalli, situated in Yadgir district, can boast of one school. Like many districts predominantly dependent on agriculture, the drought-stricken land saw mass migration during the scorching summer months, when families moved to nearby cities seeking employment as construction laborers. By the end of the rainy season, the school attendance decline by 30%, where children would drop out of school to work in the fields, or to take care of their younger siblings.
These were not the only reasons that attendance suffered. About half the children would not attend the school because of lack of drinking water. In a harsh land where groundwater was virtually unavailable in the vicinity, this meant that students had to bring water from home to meet their needs. The only transformer that was available in the village burnt every alternate day, making it impossible for school authorities to regularly pump water into the storage tank. Girl students did not use the bathroom at all. Read more