As education is considered as the most important factor in human development process, Parivar Vikas has been focusing on the programmes related to education, specifically for children in collaboration with CCF India. Presence of unsatisfied education system in the society made the organisation think, and work upon a better process of child education through an improvement in its quality, and performing the following activities:
1. School-based Quality Improvement Program (SQIP):
The organisation initiated SQIP under the proper guidance and support from CCF India. The programme got started in the year 2008-09. This programme prepares a school at all basic levels of quality with the proper inputs.
2. Reading skill Improvement Program (RIP):
The activity has been planned for second and third standard students who are unable to read the simple language sentences of their textbooks. The programme was started in 2006. The activity ensures the children with proper reading skills with STAG method. The children getting equipped with reading skills are later brought to improve writing skills under creative learning classes.
In the year 2007-08, the project enabled 253 children to read their textbooks, and now under RIP-II they have been able to write independently.
3. Skill development of teachers on joyful learning practices:
The organisation provides training to the project education workers on the joyful learning practices which help the children to learn and understand in a much effective manner. The training enables the workers to conduct the class with proper teaching skills with the use of TLMs. The training enhances the quality teaching and the children’s learning level is improved.
4. Strengthening Village Education Committees:
To enhance the participation of VECs in school management, the project regularly interacts with all 18 VECs. It also conducts training programmes for their skill development on the proper management of the schools.
5. SENSITIZATION of Government Education Department:
The project regularly interacts with the Government Education Department. The education officials are sensitised to give proper attention to the schools of the area to enhance the quality. The regular interaction brought attention to the problems of the area to the officials.
6. Vocational training:
The children above 15 years of age have been provided with training on vocational skills like computer, electronics and electrical.
7. SHG Literacy Program:
This programme aims at increasing female literacy in the area which is too low. The programme covered 54 women in the year 2006-07 and 153 in the year 2007-08. Apart from the above mentioned major activities, the organisation conducts several other activities such as career counselling, exposure visit of children to SOVA, celebrations like Global Action Week, Child Rights Week, etc. The organisation supports the schools with TLMs to make the classes joyful for children. Children are supported to complete their secondary and higher education. The organisation is also running a high school for the children who are at a distance of 9-10 km from their nearest high school.
Within 26 years of its establishment, the organisation has been successful in bringing education changes in the area. Starting from just 26% enrollment, it has been able to bring it to 95% in 2007. The literacy which was just 2% in 1991 is now 51.18% which is the indicator of educational awareness in the area. The children are in schools rather than being in the cattle’s field. The organisation is working with 18 Govt. Schools and 3 project schools in the area.
The TARAakshar project is being implemented with support from the Department for International Development through Poorest Area Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Development Alternatives. It is being implemented in Laxmipur, Sikendra, Gidhaur and Chakai blocks of Jamui block.
This is an effective literacy programme which is being carried out with the help of a computer system through a software designed to ensure the learners read and write just within 30 days. The software has been designed by TARAHAAT, an organization promoting IT activities in rural areas with the help of ISRO and other agencies. Parivar Vikas has been able to enable 810 women literate in the year 2007-08 under PACS program with the help of TARAakshar programme. The project came to an end with 98 per cent success.
The benefits of this unique literacy programme are:
- It uses special memory techniques which the women rapidly use to learn
- It ensures the women to read and write just within in 30 days so more women are covered in a year (810 women have been covered in just 12 months with the help of seven-member team)
- The programme is women-centered in which a lot of activities are conducted at all levels. So, the highlights are really tangible and the society comes to realize the importance of education.
- It is cost effective in comparison with the several literacy programmes conducted so far in India
- • The community demand of this programme is really high and women come to the project to enroll themselves.
The women in the program are required to conduct their own SHG activities after this programme.