Rachana-Integrated Development Initiative for Rural Children

Project Location (W) Pune
Organization Rachana Society for Social Reconstruction
Organization Website http://welcome.to/Rachana
Project Status Ongoing
Beneficiaries 1115 children
Address 94/17 Arvind Society,
Str. No. 29, Anand Nagar,
Hingne Khurd
Pune, 411051
Project Liaison Contact Vibha Project Lead

Project Strategy Support of school going children, Integrated development for older school going and non-school going children

Project Coordinator Ms. Swati Chavan

Organization Website http://www.rachanapune.org/

Vibha Funded Component Schools in 12 villages

Vibha Funding $16312 (2008)

Beneficiary Age 7-18 years

Beneficiary Socio-Economic Background Children in rural Maharashtra

Cost per beneficiary per year $19-$20

The Problem

Children in rural Maharashtra often do not often find education programs specifically suited to their situation. Several of these children have dropped out of government schools to work—either at home, caring for siblings, or in the field, helping their parents. Other children are attending the government schools, but many of them are not learning because of a variety of factors including inadequate community support for education.

The Opportunity

Grassroots organizations like Rachana have established themselves in rural communities in Maharashtra. They are well placed to mobilize the people and to facilitate improvements in these communities

The Solution

Rachana uses several programs to help improve the quality of education programs in 150 villages of Pune District in Maharashtra. The programs consist of four main aspects * Non Formal Education for School Dropout girls * Integrated development for adolescent girls * Pre-primary education for children deprived from formal education * Supportive education for primary school-going children

These programs address the issues of poor education quality and school dropouts by using innovating learning techniques such as the use of educational games, frequent excursions etc. Children in higher secondary school also receive vocational training learning skills such as candle making and participate in workshops where they learn about topics which vary from entrepreneurship to the functioning of local government. In addition students and the community participate in campaigns that advocate improved quality education in government schools at the local and national level.

Vibha Involvement

Vibha funds supportive education and integrated development programs in 12 villages in Mulshi, Haveli and Panshet talukas of Pune District. Twelve supportive education classes are run in order to tackle the issue of low attainment levels of around 300 children in 2nd,3rd and 4th standard in primary schools. The classes will be conducted on government school premises before or after school hours. The integrated development program works with school going and drop-outs of the age group of 10 to 18 years. 960 children from the 12 villages take part in skill workshops, educational projects and short vocational courses.

Project Progress

Vibha has funded Rachana since 2003. In the last 5 years, the villages impacted by Vibha's funding have shown several signs of progress. Drop out rates in several villages is down to 0 and attendance in primary school is around 95%. More girls from these villages are studying until class 10th and beyond. Rachana staff have been trained and are extremely proficient in creating their own teaching material.