Lokadrusti has been working for the children of seasonal migrants since 2004 with the support of The American India Foundation; New Delhi. Lokadrusti selected a very difficult and neglected category of out-of-school children to work with. These were children of seasonal migrants who were falling through the cracks because of their mobility. Lokadrusti covered the children of the seasonal migrants of 6-14 years age group annually by setting up Residential Care Centers (RCC) in the most migration prone villages, which have enabled migrant children to get out of child labor and the abhorrent life at migration sites, and continue their schooling in the local government schools.
During the year 2010-11 Lokadrusti has taken strategies for saturate coverage of the children in the villages and with the following objective lokadrusti implemented the Learning Enrichment programme.
- Cover the 6-18 yr age group children in 60 high migration villages in three Blocks of Nuapada District through (following) direct interventions:
- Ensure access through Seasonal Hostels(SH) for the neediest migrant children
- Ensure retention and quality through Learning Enrichment classes(LEC) for all children
- Ensure completion of secondary schooling
- Implement RTE through School Development planning (in 40 villages initially)
- Fill learning deficits, and enable children to achieve age-appropriate learning levels through learning enrichment program
- Evolve three demonstration centers of Learning Enrichment Program (LEP), one in each block, which will serve as a lab to develop pedagogic materials and methods, and where in-depth pedagogic inputs will be provided to a select group of teachers who will go on to become a resource group for the program in future
- Create resource capacity within Lokadrusti to deliver quality learning at all levels
- through comprehensive teacher training inputs for all teachers
- through two demonstration centers, one in each block, where in-depth pedagogic inputs will be provided to a select group of teachers
- Bring about transformation in the schooling scenario through Right to Education Act
- Concerted action in 60 villages – building awareness , helping form SMCs and preparing of School Development Plan in 60 villages.
- Broad based action in 80 villages – by connecting with larger networks of Lokadrusti consortium
- Develop centre/SH monitoring and grading framework (with support from AIF)
- Develop an MIS for quality of learning
- Provide links with computers and English
- Mobilize communities to demand from government quality education up to secondary level
With the above objectives Lokadrusti carried the following programmes in 2010-11.
- Residential Care Centers (RCC) – During the year 2010-11 a total of 377 children (248 boys and 129 girls) were residing in 16 centers and continuing their education in the formal school.
- Tutorial Classes for class I and II students–
In 65 Tutorial classes for class I & II 1249 students of 60 villages were taught by a teacher appointed under LAMP-II. These teachers were provided training for pedagogical application in Teaching Learning Process. This basically aims to provide basic learning to the new comers and increased the retention of students at school.
- Tutorial Classes for class III to V children – In 86 tutorial classes 1863 students were enrolled from 60 villages. The programs goals to fill the deficit of math and language competencies of their level and to bring all into age appropriate. Out of 1863 children 335 children had completed curriculum target upto class II during the intervention. It is to be noted that three students of class of Khaira centre has qualified entrance examination and got admission in Akalabya Vidyalaya at Nuapada run by govt.
- Tutorial Support to Class VI & VII students – Qualified village youths were giving tutorial support to 813 children of class VI & VII before & after school hours. Most of them were from migrant family.
- Support Classes for High school students – This programme was running in a cluster approach in 6 selected locations. 12 qualified youths/Teachers were appointed to teach the students. During the year 216 students (162 boys & 54 girls) were enrolled in the programme. Out of which 111 students had appeared in the 10th board exam. Among them 15 passed in first class, 45 in second classes and 48 in third classes. Remarkably Ku. Tarangini Pradhan of Salebidi had god 75% and Sri. Pitambar Toltia of Timanpur centre had got 80% marks.
- Award Giving Ceremony for Migrant Children.
On 31st August 2010 an award giving ceremony was organized to award the successful 109 children of migrant family those stayed in SH for last 4 to 5 years. From them 8 were completed their Graduation and 3 has got services in Govt. departments. About 7000 populations attained the ceremony. Dignitaries attained the occasion are Mr.Bhakta Charan Das honourable MP Kalahandi, Mr.Duryodhan Majhi former minister Govt. of Odisha, Mr. Hitesh Kumar Bagarti honourable MLA Khariar, Mrs Jemamani Dharua President Zilla Parisad Nuapada, Mr. Prasanna Padhi Vice-president ZP Nuapada, Sanjaya Sinhoo CEO AIF USA, Mr.Dayaram RTE consultant, Smita Director Education AIF New Delhi, Major Ramachandra Mishra President Lokadrusti, Mr.Abani mohan Panigrahi Member Secretary Lokadrusti and Mr.L.K.Joshi treasurer Lokadrusti.
- Campaign for Right To Education Act 2009. During the year in 60 concerted and 80 broad based villages campaign for Right To Education Act 2009 was organized for awareness generation among the people. Through organization of Shikhya Rath, Palla and distribution of leaflet and pamphlet a massive campaign was done for awareness generation. Besides community meetings were organized for open discussion on the subject and formation criteria of School Management Committee. Basically focused on 50% women participation in it. There is 50% women participation in 76 SMCs. Training of VDC and SMC members in concerted villages and SMCs of broad bashed villages were organized for capacity building. In 60 concerted villages SMCs are facilitated for preparing School Development Plan (SDP).
- Organizing of Village Youth/Adolescent Girls to take part in the programme. During the year regular monthly meetings of youth groups were organized. Besides 4 youths (2 male and 2 female) from each concerted villages were trained on RTE and preparation of School Development Plan (SDP). Youths take keen interest in it and participate actively in preparation of SDP with the SMC. A mega workshop of 200 youths was organized in April. In which they agreed to provide learning support to School going child in exchange of Computer and English education (Leaning Exchange Programme). 2 Computer education centers are already in function and providing education to 20 selected youths.
- Strengthening of Child Club to create child leadership. Child Clubs were strengthens in all 60 villages and children are taking the role to bring the dropout children in to school. Daily Awareness rally by the Children were organized. Activities like SISU MELA were organized to promote the inherent skills among the children.
- Organizing women for RTE campaign through SHG federation.
Lokadrusti is working with the Women SHG federations in all 5 blocks of the district under Mission Shakti project. There are 109 GP level, 5 block level and one district level federations in the district. About 70000 families are directly involved with it. Lokadrusti have started an initiative to bring RTE massage to each House Hold of the district through federations. A workshop of federation leaders was organized in April and an action plan has been developed for further implementations.
- Mobile Library for the community people to create reading habit among them. In order to create an academic atmosphere, Lokadrusti had started an innovative approach under the programme. Mobile library (A rickshaw carrying library books) moves to villages and distribute book to the people on weekly basis. Besides information on various Govt. schemes, programmes were available for different stack holder. People read the books and share the interesting stories during Sishusabha organized for the children on every Saturday.
- Capacity Building of Programme staff.
Capacity Building of the programme staff was one of the major steps taken by the programme. All staffs were trained on both content and pedagogical implementation. Preparation of TLM, preparation of worksheet, continuous and comprehensive evaluation etc were main objectives of the programme. Both in-house training and training organized by American India Foundation (AIF) were attended by the staff members of Lokadrusti. Dr.Jallaludin, one of the renowned educationists of the country is giving support to establish a proper classroom and strategy in the future for the children of the vulnerable community. Beside all staffs were trained on RTE especially on School Development Plan for better facilitations of it in project villages.
Since 2004 the programme impacted the lives of the children of the seasonal migrants and demands have been created among the villagers in order to give proper education to their pupils and make each and every body of the future generation to an educated one. In the coming day’s lokadrusti will take more comprehensive strategy to make the village people aware with respect to the RTE Act, 2009.