Project PRAGASH Phase-II (2014-17)

The elementary education project is in continuation of the previous phase supported by the SD Tata Trust. It was based on the learnings from the previous project. There were many new elements on the project due to the changes in the situation at the grassroot level. This has been mainly related to the increase in demand for continuing education and higher education in the area. The strategies adopted in this phase were on the pattern being followed in other Trust supported projects in north Indian states, which are all focused on at risk children from marginalized rural communities. The project was modern and need-based, and responsive to the requirements of the community and children. Most of the strategies in the project were tried and tested in the previous phase. 

Proposed Objectives
  • Provide scholarships for 300 orphans and girls from below poverty line families.
  • Meet the educational needs of about 1000 school drop-out and academically struggling rural children in the 6-14 years age group.
  • Improve opportunities for continuing education for about 600 adolescents by career counselling, computer education and spoken English. 

Main strategies 
Improved access to education for deprived children – The project plans to provide quality education to 200 orphans and those from Below Poverty Line families, especially girls and physically challenged children in 20 identified villages. The project’s long term aim is to bring all the orphans of Kalroos block, estimated to be about 500 in number, into the educational mainstream. Towards this objective, eight additional teachers would be employed in the school run by the NGO. The project will ensure that they do not get excluded from the educational mainstream due to lack of access to uniforms, books and transport facilities.

Ensuring learning and retention in schools – The project would focus on rural children who are struggling to cope with the school curriculum. Kashmir has been following the trend across the country for rote learning, and Help Foundation has been one of the leading organisations in the state leading the efforts for child cantered and participatory education. In the proposed project, it would support about 2000 children in the 6-14 years age group in the project area to improve their basic competencies and learning levels. The NGO has already got trained staff and a pool of resource persons to conduct the supplementary education activities.

Continuing education and capacity building – Child participation is one of the key strategies of the project to improve interaction among children and create an environment of trust, harmony and hope in the area. In order to ensure the continuation of children in education, Help Foundation proposes to continue its pilot activities started in the previous phase of older students and local youth for life skills, career counselling, computer education and spoken English. These would equip them to improve their basic skills and help them participate in higher education and professional courses. The children will also be organised in forums to improve peer learning and creative engagement with education.

Proportion of Program and Administrative Costs

Cost Amount (Rs) %
Program cost 1,31,22,440 88
Capital cost 1,75,000   1
Administrative cost 16, 94,840 11
Total budget  1,49,92,280 100

Expected outputs and outcomes

Description Coverage
No. of villages to be covered -20
No of children receiving scholarships for school education- 300
No of children improving basic competencies and participating in schools- 1000
No of adolescents attending career counseling, computer education and spoken English- 600

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