Project Overview

JAN - Enrolling and retaining children in schools through community ownership
  • Project Name: Enrolling and retaining children in schools through community ownership
  • NGO Partner: JAN (Joint Action Network)
  • Location: Hilsa, Nalanda District, Bihar
  • Target Area: 33 Villages of Hilsa Block
  • Target Area Population:39,822 people, 6,894 Households
  • No of Beneficiaries: 4,581
  • Start/End Year:  2013/TBD
  • Funding Plan (Current Year): $12,986 [2014/2015]
  • Past Funding: $5,164 (2013/2014)

Bihar is one of the most illiterate states in India (63.82%), consistently underperforming against the national average (74%).  The national average for Scheduled Castes is even lower (54.69%), while the Mushar community which is targeted for this project experience literacy rates as low as 6.88%!  This area in particular faces challenges inherent to many agricultural areas in India, including:

  • Absenteeism in schools due to migratory lifestyle in the agricultural communities.
  • Underfunded programs are being run haphazardly by unqualified volunteer teachers with little in the way of supervision or materials. 
  • There is a particular gap in the education of children between the ages of 3 and 6, who are insufficiently accounted for in the anganwadi system implemented in each village.  
  • The anganwadis themselves are overstretched, barely able to handle all the responsibilities as outlined by the ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services), such as basic medical supplies and toddler child care.
  • There are only a few middle schools in this area to be covered, and not a single high school.


The aim of this  project is to assess how many of the children in these 33 villages are actually getting access to education and ICDS services through their anganwadi, and to instigate an action plan to ensure that all the education and ICDS requirements of the villages are met.

The following strategies will be implemented in order to guarantee the success of the project:

  • Developing a clear database of all the children in these villages who are covered through ICDS at their anganwadis and those that are not.  This will also include all the children who are currently enrolled in school or who need to be re-enrolled.
  • Ensuring that the current ICDS are meeting the needs of those enrolled, and to advocate for the extension of those services to the eligible non-enrolled children.
  • Raising awareness in the community about the need for youth education to encourage the parents to send their children to school rather than to work.
  • Enabling all the children (including those of the Mushar community) to attend school with support and participation of their community.

The following quantitative measures will measure the success of the project:

1. Pre-schools (Anganwadi centers)

  • 20% increase in child attendance
  • 75% of the 32 Anganwadi’s Mother’s committees holding regular meetings.
  • 5-6 studies conducted demonstrating the lack of ICDS being funded in this area


  • 20% increase in child attendance

3.Community Awareness

  • Ill effect of dropping out of school understood by both the parents and their children
  • 5 local Gram Panchyats are made aware of the children’s issues and work collaboratively to solve them
  • 2-3 meetings organized for the SMC with at least 5-7 members in attendance, to further encourage the role of the SMCs in their community involvement.

4. Capacity Building

  • Local committees (both SMC and Mother’s) implemented and their regular meeting schedule encouraged to further active local participation in these issues and to ensure that the community wil continue to advocate for children’s education at the conclusion of the project.

  •  This project is done in collaboration with JAN (‘Joint Action Network’) a local NGO based in Bihar committed to social and economic equality for all based on just and fair social equity.
  • JAN worked with the Government of Bihar’s PHED to install several hundred toilets in 23 villages in conjunction with a campaign to raise awareness about health and sanitation measures.
  • JAN also worked on a project to raise local awareness about mental health issues in 30 villages, with sustainable rehabilitation programs that allowed those with mental illness to remain in their communities and be treated within their community.
  • JAN has worked extensively in the fight for the independence of women.  Through Asha Rajasthan they helped in the formation of village level committees for women’s issues in 50 villages, as well instigating local social services for destitute single women and widows in those villages.  


Project Expenses for Apr 2014 to Mar 2015 

Baseline Survey$ 228

Pre-School Intervention

Anganwadi workers training and Learning materials for Anganwadis


School Intervention

Teaching materials to schools, Training for child rights clubs, learning materials


Community Awareness/Support

Community Level Campaigns, Training Mothers Committee, SMC


Program Support

Field Coordinators and other program staff salaries


Administrative Cost

NGO directors salary, Accountant Salary, operating expenses

Total Expenses


Will be updated shortly,

Will be updated shortly.