PROJECT NANHE KALAM – SELF RELIANT INDIA (SRI) FOUNDATIONadmin
Self-reliant India (SRI) envisions equitable rural societies where underprivileged students avail the opportunities meant for them through education. SRI works towards their vision with their first Project – ‘Nanhe Kalam’. Nanhe Kalam focuses on creating role models from the community. These role models are community students going to government primary schools and are preparing for the Navodaya* secondary school Exams.
*Navodaya Vidyalaya System is a unique experiment unparalleled in the annals of school education in India and elsewhere. Its significance lies in the selection of talented rural students as the target group and the attempt to provide them with quality education comparable to the best in a residential school system.
In past 8 months the different tests we took at regular intervals has shown that there has been an increase of 30% in student learning outcomes. The average score of the class going up has given us the hope of increase of potential candidates for selection. Our workshop with volunteers has helped us to identify the gaps in schools and their communities and what strengths should be built of volunteers for better classroom management. Learning’s from past 8 months has helped us to reinstate the vision of ours that community partnerships and ownership can be seen as a sustainable way of going ahead. As a result in one of the villages a village samiti has been created where all the stakeholders (Sarpanch, parents, children, nearby companies) come together to solve the issues of the school. Already a village meeting has been there and they have pooled RS.70, 000 for upgradation of school.