Fountain of Love:
This innovative programme is designed to cultivate mutual love and respect by working closely with teachers, children and parents to transform their attitudes towards education. 118 schools, with 28000 children & 900 teachers in some of the poorest villages in India are participating in the project.
January 2012 - January 2016
Raj Saubhag Satsang Mandal Uk
Sayla Ward (taluka), Surendranagar District in Gujarat was rated as having one of the lowest literacy and numeracy rates in India. Children passing through these schools could hardly read/write or do simple math and thus had little hope of unshackling themselves from the bonds of poverty. Poor quality education has arisen from disinterested teachers, children lacking enthusiasm to learn and parents unaware of benefits to be had from good education. Objectives are to change this environment.
Overcome teachers’ lack of interest in teaching – by firstly giving them recognition and respect and then develop their self-confidence. This to be achieved through seminars and workshops. Children to be approached with modern teaching techniques, given opportunities to express their creative ability in art, music or sports and outings for bonding with teachers and other children, Parents given incentives to attend PTA meetings and learn about future potential for their children.
Build on the success achieved in past 8 years to further enhance the literacy & numeracy levels.
Activities» Experienced educationalists to keep the teachers up to date with modern teaching techniques that enable them to hold children’s interest
» Teachers continue to be trained of managing extracurricular activities like elocution, debates, art & craft, music, sports, dance and drama.
» Enthuse children with these activities, providing storybooks, and outings and challenge their abilities with school and inter school competitions.
» Encourage the parents to attend school performances, get them to encourage completion of homework and monitor school reports. Attend PTA meetings.
Success will be indicated by regular tests at each class level of random samples for literacy and numeracy tests by external agents
2. Improve enrolment rates of children into schools, and retention levels through the schooling age
Activities» Offer incentives to both parents and their children coming of school age to make it attractive to enrol with the start of a new school year.
» Enthusing the children with friendly environment and interesting activities to want to stay in the school.
Success will be.measured by monitoring enrolment by year on year records. Statistical samples of attendance will provide a reliable indicator of retention level.
Attract drop outs to return, rehabilitate them with special classes to resume normal schooling.
Activities» Identify the dropouts, counsel them to attend specialist classes to boost their self confidence and provide basic ability to join normal school.
Success will be measured by comparing the number of dropouts identified to those attending specialist training and to those returning to schools
Reinforce the training of local committees in managing the project to make it self- supporting.
Activities» Train the local committees comprising of teachers, parents and civic officials to monitor activities in the school.
» Have an overall committee, one each for primary school and high school to coordinate the activities of individual local committees.
» Overall committee should be able to arrange workshops and seminars by bringing in specialist educationalists.
» These committees should be able to raise funds necessary for many of the activities.
Success of the committees will be measured by number of meetings held and the number of requests received for workshops/seminars.
Attendance at schools of both teachers and children will be higher, school environment will be livelier. Parents will be taking interest in their children’s activities.
Children will have received better well rounded education. There will be more children getting through the board level exams at 10th and 12th standards. Demand for tertiary education will increase.
Higher numbers and improved results at board level plus competition results at state level will demonstrate success.
The Project Director, a visionary with creative ideas is a key person for the project and his departure would leave a void that would be difficult to fill. There are sufficient incentives to dissuade any ideas he may get of moving on.
The whole project runs in parallel with the government regulations for managing state schools. Education department may amend policies in future which may adversely affect the project. Success to date will be a good inhibitor for any negative changes
A quarterly report by email giving:
Details of workshops and seminars held with teachers and children,
Special activities by children, competitions results and outings if any.
Statistical reports of random checks every quarter and a comprehensive report annually.
Budget - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £4,500 Salaries Project Director & Project Staff £3,000 Fees & Expenses Workshops & Seminars £1,000 Office Expenses Project Office & Transport Costs £800 Equipment Sports & Music Kits, Library Books £700 Consumables & Misc Consumables for creative activities & Magazines, Newsletters
Our project is located in Sayla ward (taluka) of Surendranagar District of Gujarat State, India. It is on the National Highway 8A between Ahmedabad and Rajkot.
The project aims to benefit the whole of the local community by raising the literacy and numeracy rates from current low figures to near 100% for the population aged 20 and under in next four years.
Investment in general industry that has been low due to high illiteracy levels will rise with the rise in literacy levels
creating more employment opportunities.
The future generations will certainly have a much better quality of life with both education and employment opportunities rising.
Raj Saubhag has conducted many social welfare programs locally over the past 20 years. It understands intimately the needs and context of the local communities.
We run a High school and College for girls. With our extensive work in the education sector we now have a strong body of knowledge, credibility and partnerships that ensure that our programmes make lasting changes. All the work is supported by a global network of volunteers whose efforts help maximise overall impact of donated funds.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Mr Nalin A Kothari
His inspiring leadership with compassion filled vision for the future of the local communities has seen multifold growth of social welfare work.
Mr Chandrakant Vyas BA MA (Ed)
Project Director. Has been in the education sector for over 35 years. He is a man with a great vision for how the education should be delivered.