Project Overview

Vikalp - Community based intervention for quality education

Project Name: Community Based Intervention for Quality Education for Marginalized Children

  • NGO Parner: Vikalp
  • Location: Tikari Block, Gaya District, Bihar
  • Target Area: 15 villages
  • Target Area Population: 17,615 in Tikari block
  • No of Beneficiaries: 2,347 children
  • Start/End Year: October 2013/TBD
  • Funding Plan (Current Year): $12,931
  • Past Funding: $6,000

While the national literacy average of India hovers around 74%, Bihar consistently underperforms with an average literacy rate of 63.82%.  Moreover, the Mushar community (one of the scheduled castes) in Tikari block, the area covered in this project, can experience literacy rates as low as 6.88%.  In this project Vikalp is addressing the following needs:

  • Rising levels of school absenteeism, with roughly 60% of the absentee students being girls (only 1 out 100 girls entering Grade 1 will pass out of Grade 12).
  • A severe lack of committed and trained teachers, as well as a lack of suitable facilities.
  • The Mushar community is still misunderstood and marginalized, and their lack of access to hygiene or sanitation facilities further ostracizes the Mushar children from their classmates, prompting their early termination of their studies.
  • 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.  
  • No universal coverage of ICDS services in Bihar. In any given village only 40 children will receive services irrespective of how many children live in that village
  • Only one third of the covered hamlets in this project have a middle school.

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

  • Facilitating enrollment at local Angan Wadi Centers (AWCs), while improving the functioning levels of the AWCs by training AWC workers, and organizing competitions and other communal activities at the centers, such as Bal Mela.
  • Identifying which children are no longer attending school regularly, and then holding village level meetings with their parents in order to encourage them to re-enroll their 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.
  • Provide training for local Mushar communities about the importance of hygiene and its impact on health at the village level.

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

1. Pre-schools (Anganwadi centers)

  • Decrease of drop out rates 
  • 80% of the Angan Wadi centers are described by their attendants as “friendly”

2.Enrollment and Retention

  • 95% total child attendance at the covered schools in this project

3.Community Awareness

  • Ill effect of dropping out of school understood by both the parents and their children
  • 80% of children covered in this project receive access to quality education

This project is done in collaboration with Vikalp, a local NGO based in Bihar focused on furthering the cause of education through grass roots social impact, starting with the children and moving out to the parents and then the community.  Their focus is on those children who are socially or economically deprived, so that through education they can become self-reliant and improve their quality of life.

Vikalp was founded in 1988 by Dr. Chandra Shekhar Azad, a man who has spent most of his adult life working to improve the conditions for the Scheduled Castes in Bihar, from hygiene and sanitation to female empowerment.

In 2010-2011, Vikalp worked extensively on improving communal awareness and respect for its residents with disabilities, providing vocational training for the adults and familial edification for the children.

In 2012-2013, Vikalp was working in the Tikari District to help improve the quality of life for those living with disabilities, and even introduced compost farming to the community in an effort to improve the local economy which relies heavily on agriculture.

Projected Budget for  April 2014 - Mar 2015 school year

Pre-School EducationOrganize Bal Mela village level visits, facilitate AWC working, provide play materials$1,094
Primary/Secondary EducationIdentify drop out children,  village level visits,sports competition at schools$2,672
Social MobilizationActivating Mathru Samithis SMC’s, block level meetings, working with gram panchayats$620
Project Coordination CostsSalary and conveyance costs for the project coordinators, community mobilizers who are responsible for program implementation (3 people)$6,379
Project Administration CostsPayment for part time accountant, stationery, email$2,165

To be updated soon.

To be updated soon.