"A Tiniest deed is greater than the Greatest Intention"

Free Tuition Centers

In continuation with the past years free tuition centers, SAVE has been conducting free tuition centers for marginalized children. The organization has been working for improvement of educational status of rural and tribal poor. During the last 5 years we are conducting free tuition centers at Tadikonda Mandal, Guntur District for rural and tribal poor.  It has been reported in the previous year report that SAVE has analysed vulnerability situation of children.

 

In the targeted areas, SC/ST community of people stays in distant colonies from the main village. Most children in our target communities are studying in government schools. These children often find it difficult to cope with their formal studies. This leads to their dropping out. Or they reach X standard level and then fail the exam.

 

These children hail from economically poor background families Children from these communities lag behind their other community counterparts in primary and high schools. By the time they reach grade 5, these children are, on an average, two years behind the formal curriculum. This handicap continues throughout their school, resulting in a high failure and dropout rate.

 

Through the Free Coaching Centers, SAVE provides supplementary and special classes to the school going children of the backward communities. The supplementary classes, through its relevant teaching methods helps children attending primary and high schools cope with their school curriculum. It is not a tuition class that helps students attains high grades. In these classes, limitations of students, in terms of cognitive and psychological needs are identified. Through relevant teaching methods and psychological support, children’s self-confidence and self-esteem are enhanced leading to an ability to cope in and outside school.

 

Currently there are nearly 200 plus students availing of the services of these Centers.

 

Extracurricular activities

Children learnt skills like drawing, singing, dancing, etc., coaching classes enable students to keep pace with their school curriculum and supplementary classes to reduce drop outs, distribution of school uniforms and study material freely.

 

Goal

To ensure quality education for the poor children belonging to rural and tribal areas i.e. SC/ST/BCs.

 

Strategies
  • Parents Meetings
  • Conducting Teachers Orientation Programme
  • Regular conduct of Tuition Classes
  • Conduct Tests for performance assessment

 

Challenge
  • Increase in Gender Parity.
  • The child rights status of the area is low and the high incidence of malnourishment.
  • Accessibility to education is low and the school dropout rate is high.
  • High prevalence of child labour

 

High Lights

  • There is an ever-growing demand to set up more such Centres
  • There has been a marked increase in school going children

 

Accomplishments/Results

  • Every year more than 200 poor children are getting benefited from our tuition centers and provided with extra support through these tuition centers.
  • We also counseled drop outs and got them back in the schools.
  • We identified disabled school children and supported them through sponsorship programme
  • A number of behavioral changes in the students have been noticed e.g. punctuality, regular attendance, academic progress etc. The parents developed keen interest in the education of their wards.

 

Plans

  • 100% enrolment and retention will be targeted in all the villages
  • ICDS centers to be strengthened through community pressure.
  • Organize vocational training and income generating programmes for parents.
  • Issue of working children and child labour will be brought out through consultation, problems will be documented and the effects on working children will be discussed to motivate the community to reduce the work load on children.
  • Based on the above achievements and experience we would like to organize more centers in other villages.

 

Adolescent (Young) Girls Federation

SAVE has created awareness in the project area through IEC (Burra Katha street play). Focal points of these events were the systematic involvement of the target populations and key stakeholders & their keen desire to know about the issues of adolescent girls.

 

Formation of Adolescent Groups

A total of  10 adolescent Groups and each group ranging of 25 to 50 girls were formed in the project area. Adolescent girls  are availing the pleasure of group membership. Animators have played a vital role in strengthening these groups on adolescent issues. The federation provides a platform for adolescents collectively to discuss issues around domestic violence, early marriage and more importantly encourage their peers to adopt healthy practices and follow medical intervention, for preventing anemia. Regular meetings are conducted in these groups.

 

On the other hand SAVE has organized 10 adolescent groups. All the groups get benefited in terms of knowledge and awareness on family life education, reproductive health, STI, HIV/AIDS & Information on family planning, Vocational skills and leadership skills. While the adolescents draw their strength from numbers, their vulnerability lies in their ignorance caused by social taboos that keep them from accessing right information.

 

The Young Girls Federation programme is drawn up in a participative manner keeping the interests and skills of girls in mind with a view to ensure that the enrolled girls actively participate and these girls and take maximum benefit out of it. The society is facing a lot of hardships and is subjected to domestic violence, brutality, and discrimination at work places, economic hardships, and lesser opportunities to develop their potential.

 

The Guests and Resource Persons addressed the adolescent girls, aged 13-18 to prepare and face the challenges of life;

  • Self awareness, life goals and communication skills
  • Gender sensitization, health and hygiene related issues
  • Legal rights and regulations related to local self governance

 

The participants performed cultural activities during the seminar. After the seminar tree plants are distributed to the participants.

 

The resource persons and guests laid emphasis on to strengthen personal competencies, such as communication, self-confidence, decision-making, goal setting, develop employable skills and develop coping skills in personal life of the individuals as well as in work environment apart from career, life skills, sexual health, vocational skills, human trafficking, eve-teasing, communication and leadership skills.

 

Our Animators have played a vital role in strengthening these groups. All the groups get benefitted in terms of knowledge and awareness on various aspects.

 

Goal

It acts as a forum for the development of adolescent girls and as a platform through which they can voice their needs and understanding.  And it ensures that the members of the federation are consulted on matters concerning their own lives and enables them to contribute to the well-being of the community and are gradually changing the traditional mind-sets in society regarding young people and adolescents.

 

Strategy

  • To form adolescent groups/federation
  • To create awareness on career guidance, life skills, reproductive health, vocational skills, trafficking, eve-teaching and etc.
  • To link with government agencies viz. ICDS, health & Education departments through convergence.

Challenge

  • Gender discrimination
  • Early child marriage
  • No involvement in developmental activities

High Lights

  • Formation of adolescent groups and orients them about their rights and sensitize on gender issues so as to facilitate them to take group actions.

Accomplishments/Results

  • 20 adolescent groups were formed in 20 targeted villages and sensitized towards health, nutrition and social evils.
  • 600 adolescent girls are benefited out of this programme.
  • Linkage with the government to avail government schemes.

Plans

  • All adolescent groups will be retained and will have increased understanding of various legal rights and will involve themselves at various platforms and to enable them in effective decision-making.
  • To help girls plan their future and empower them to take decisions in life by doing so they are able to unfold and increase self-development.
  • To establish a network of service providers and other stakeholders to enable girls to access services that would contribute towards their development.
  • A meaningful convergence with other schemes would be tried.