Transforming Rural Schools into Quality Learning Spaces
Strengthening Quality Education Access to Rural Children of Haryana (SEARCH)
Varitra started its first flagship initiative, Project SEARCH in 2018 with the aim to provide quality education access through transforming 20 rural government schools located on the Haryana-UP border in Karnal district. These rural communities struggle with low representation, literacy rate, low learning levels of children, bullying, high drop-out rate, early marriages, domestic violence, and alcoholism.
Students couldn’t pass grade XII exams in 2015
Schools have computers
Primary schools are single-teacher schools
Through SEARCH, our work envisions to create an ecosystem by bringing out the true spirit of collective working at three levels –
Advocacy with different government departments for policy-reach
Facilitating collaborations and effective implementation among stakeholders to improve learning and leadership
Community ownership and resource mobilization to strengthen the school environment
& learning support
Libraries as Safe Reading Spaces
Access to multi-lingual books from various publications
Weekly reading sessions
Student-led Library Management Committee
Behavioural change sessions
Language learning activities
Best Readers’ chart
Post School Learning Enhancement Centre (LEC)
Remedial classes for 4th & 5th grade students
Focus on English & Math
Activity based learning
Child centric activities for creative & participatory space
Enhancing leadership skills
Student Leadership through Bal Parishad
Student committees on Environment, Sports, Cultural and Library thematic
Monthly events in school led by Bal Parishad
School-centric responsibilities led by committee members
Leadership-building activities for students
Advocacy for School Infrastructure Transformation
School building renovation by Education department (Sarva Shikskha Abhiyaan)
Playground building by MNREGA in collaboration with BDO
Resource support from Village Panchayat
BALA painting and green boards by Varitra Foundation
Construction of toilets and new classroom– CSR foundations & community donors
Digital Education Platform to Promote E- Learning
Through Varitra’s online platform E-पाठन, we provide simple, contextual and free of cost learning resources for teachers and children
The platform also serves as a knowledge-sharing platform for teachers and educators to exchange teaching-learning practices and explore innovative ideas.
By the next three years, we shall be positively impacting:
Students reach the mainstream learning levels according to their age and grade
Drop out of primary and middle school pass-outs for higher education in partner villages in next 3 years
Improved student attendance and regularity in next three years
Students who have passed out 12th standard shall be able to pursue higher studies and enrol into colleges to create role models for the school-going children
Whole School Transformation
Increase in parent-participation in PTMs, school development activities and an active involvement in performance and growth of their children
- Are you a graduate or post-graduate with good grasp on English?
- Are you ready to give one-year commitment towards the fellowship?
- Are you open to relocating and working in rural Haryana?
- Do you believe in collaborative working?
- Do you have willingness to learn and work on your self-growth?
Applications for 2021 cohort will be announced soon.