|Institute for Socially Disadvantaged Groups' Educational Improvement
To provide educational facilities through balwadis, non-formal
education centres, primary school and adult education to children and women
of the deprived communities.
Project Report : April to Sept 1998
During the first half activities, the regular program
of the institute
contiued to run on a regular basis.
The unit (Balwadi) in Rajendra Nagar slum has 50 children,
out of which 30 are in higher K.G. and 20 in lower K.G.
run by ISDGEI is recognized by the govt. of Maharashtra
has to follow their rules regards the number of children.
component of theis taken care of by individual donors
In the first two years, children are taught basic concepts,
knowledge, arithmetic (counting, identifying shapes etc.),
studies and language skills. Some emphasis is given on
writing skills. Two girls have been admitted to the primary
The primary school has about 320 children in various classes
1st to 7th standard. The emphasis is on enrollment of
A regular follow-up is maintained of children who remain
school to reduce the number of children dropping out
During this visit, half yearly exams were being conducted.
entire strength of school children, only two were absent
for this exam.
The primary school exam papers are provided by government
since ISDGEI is recognized by the state government. The
teaching at this ISDGEI school has maintained its high
as is evident by the level of learning achieved by the
An independent evaluation of the ISDGEI school and teaching
was conducted this year. The evaluation team has recognized
as one of the best school, vis-a-vis the teaching quality,
in the region.
From the last year's batch of the open school, two girls
admitted to a formal school. Currently there are a total
children in the open school, of which twelve are in standards
through fourth, three in the sixth standard and two in
the seventh standard.
The girl students attending the open school (NFE class)
and cannot give up their work due to family constraints.
who were involved in rag picking prior to joining the
now work only on holidays. This year ISDGEI has discontinued
upper primary classes in the open school, due to a lesser
of students. The parents of these girls expected the
to provide the benefits of the government scheme for
girls, which provides 3 kg of rice and a Rs. 300 stipend
for attending school upto standard tenth. Efforts were
made to enroll
as many girls into school as possible through the open
in the forth through seventh standards.
Vocational Training Unit
The vocational training course was conducted from April
to May. the
participants were girls above fourteen years of age and
interested women from the community. This involved tailoring
(27 participant, 12 girls and 15 women) and rexin bag
(13 participants). Both the courses were well accepted
participants achieved varied levels of proficiency. The
course was better accepted, as it was easier to practice.
after the training, a number of girls and women started
stitching clothes for other women and children from the
The course on rexin bag making could not be put into use
participants individually after the training, since the
required for this are expensive and ISDGEI has just one
which permits only one person to operate it at a time.
been getting small orders to provide this product to
organizations, but they have not been able to complete
since these dates clashed with the school schedule.
The community outreach program is slowly establilshing
the ISDGEI appointing two new trained staff. This program
caters to a population of about 4000. This number has
since two new satellite slums have been added. A detailed
the project area was undertaken in the first half. This
yet to be collated. This program has focused on awareness
family planning and girl child education. About 28-30
have been organized to keep regular contact with the
the community. During discussions with a group of women,
understood that the women were looking out for alternative
of income in order to support their families. Many of
strongly about the education of their children, and were
about the lack of facilities for secondary education
for girls in
An accounts review was undertaken. The observations made
are as given.
o ISDGEI presently maintains two cash books, one for FCRA
for FC and non-FC (Gen. F).
o The accounts are all linked except for cash balances.
o Vouchers were not serially numbered from April '98.
numbers of vouchers were continued from last year.
o All vouchers had CRY funds stamp.
o Two voucher files were maintained - one for CRY and
a general cash book.
o The receipt side of the cash books were found to be
the payment/expenditure postings are regularly maintained.
informed that the receipt side is filled in at the end
of every month.
o Receipt books are serially numbered
o ISDGEI has received a grant from Rotary Club for nutrition.
o It was observed that ISDGEI has a regular inflow of
certain round figures, on certain dates, every month.
Plans for the next half year
o ISDGEI plans to conduct the second batch of vocations
course in the diwali vacations.
o ISDGEI has approached the district collector for a
piece of land
near the community, and plans to shift the school premises
The organization is finding it difficult to operate from
o Continue the ongoing educational program
o Analysis and interpretation of the data collected
With the help of CRY support the two balwadis functioned
smoothly with the coverage of 63 students. The organisation has also stressed
upon the importance of health and hygeine and has
conducted awareness programmes for the parents.
In the Primary school the average attendance has been
about 97% - 98% and the drop out rate in the past
6 monhts was almost zero which is a notable achievement.
There has been no child marriage of any school student which has
been a major achievement. Most of the topics are taught by
the teachers through the method of role play. The
teachers have all been trained.
In the open school conducted by ISDGEI there is a 100%
attendance rate. They are focussing on developing
the language and communication skills of the children
and encouraging them to participate in role plays. Sex education has
also been imparted as part of the curriculum.
ISDGEI has begun active work with the local community
and two communicty organisers have joined the institute.
Rapport building with the youth groups in the community
has been initiated. The CRY materials Bank has also disbursed educational
material for the children at a nominal cost. This is being accepted
by the community.
The project has committed teaching staff and they have
established a good relationship with the children.
However, there are space constraints for conducting
the classes and non-availability of trained specialized teachers.
Vocational training also needs to be strengthened.
ISDGEI plans to conduct a Baseline Data Survey to study
the area better. A training programme on accounts
has also been planned through CRY support.
Rs. 2,79,950/- was disbursed to ISDGEI for the
period April'97 to September'97.