Project Overview

VRDP - Educating Tribal Children

Objective: Educating tribal children in Javvadu hills of Thiruvannamalai distict in Tamil Nadu.

  • Implementing NGO: VRDP
  • Location: Javaadhu hills, Thiruvannamalai District,Tamil Nadu
  • Target Area: 30 villages
  • Beneficiaries: 4,498 children
  • Project Start Date: Oct 2013
  • Budget: $10,190
  • Past Funding: $5,130

The education scenario in Javvadhu hills of Thiruvannamali district needs to be improved.

Pre-School (Anganwadi)

  • Many Anganwadi centers do not have buildings or teachers or helpers
  • Mother’s committee’s are not functional and do not monitor the AWCs.
  • Poor attendance at AWC’s
  • AWC’s functioning as food distribution centers and not as places of learning


  • Three kinds of schools – Forest department run / GTR / Education department run 
  •  Forest department run schools are supervised by forest department officials
  • There are 18 schools including 2 Higher secondary schools in Javvadhu hill region.
  • Schools are better managed, teachers are involved, children learning levels are slightly better
  • Government Tribal Residential schools are the ones which are badly managed, very less number of children (as to compared to what they report on roll, physically present), food and accommodation facilities needs lots of improvement. 
  • Low Learning levels amidst children of government schools
  • Since there are too many departments (Forest, Education and Tribal welfare) – it really takes lot of time to ensure whether all children are in school. 
  • Not all School Monitoring Committee’s are functioning, parents/community do not participate in school functioning.
  • Many dropout children in this area

The objective of the project is to enroll and retain all children in Pre-Schools and Schools and ensure that learning happens. In addition the primary focus will be on getting the community involved school development and monitoring.

  • Re-enroll identified dropouts from all the operational villages. 
  • Strengthen tribal movement though Community Based Organizations people to galvanize SMC and related issues. 
  • Form RTE Groups taking members from its tribal groups in each village. 
  • Community must be empowered to question irregular teachers and other school related issues
  • Long term advocacy for rationalizing various departments and merge all teachers in the same village or nearby areas to ensure proper functioning of these schools.

ILP is partnering with the NGO Village Reconstruction and Development Project (VRDP), to implement this project in over 30 villages of Javvadhu hills in Thiruvnnamalai district of Tamil Nadu. VRDP was founded by Mr. A, Ranganathan in 1984. The mission of VRDP centers around strategic process to facilitate socially economically, educationally, culturally and politically disadvantaged people with special concern towards Dalit, tribal, and all women exploited both in the family and in the society to make them empowered through concrete socio economic educational and political initiatives. The organization aims to henerate awareness among rural poor about rights and entitlements and empower them through awareness and organization.

Projected Budget for  April 2014 - Mar 2015 school year

Pre-School EducationOrganize village level visits, facilitate AWC working, provide play materials$414
Primary/Secondary EducationIdentify drop out children,  village level visits,sports competition at schools$827
Social MobilizationActivating SMC’s, block level meetings, working with gram panchayats$2,052
Project Coordination CostsSalary and conveyance costs for the project coordinators, community mobilizers who are responsible for program implementation (3 people)$6,897

Since the start of the project following sings of progress are seen

  • By taking up the issue of non-availability of Anganwadi Center (AWC) building, AWC Teacher and helper – has yielded results
  • In  three places – new buildings with ceramic tiles, gas stoves, and food supplies. 
  • In two places the teacher appointment is also cleared, in one place helper appointment is also done. 
  • The Government has also provided play equipment

To be updated soon