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Promoting children's education in coastal fishing villages in Orissa, India

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Voluntary Integration for Education and Welfare of Society (VIEWS)

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

Literacy ratio in the coastal fishing villages has remained one of the lowest in the Odisha state, marine fishing communities keep giving very low priority to girl child education. Indeed, female children as little as four year old can be seen engaged in domestic chores and other production activities to earn daily wages. These children from low income families work as child labourers due to poverty and many of these poor children are unable to access basic education and purchase essential educational materials due to financial crisis and lack of awareness. So the children are forced to engage in fishing and other activities to support their families.

Children from the said communities are often deprived of getting primary education due to poor family economy and lack of awareness on education. As a result, drop out by children from the schools is increasing. It also contributes significantly to child labour as the parents do not hesitate to send their kids to nearby daily wage labour work. The scenario amongst below poverty line families is even worse.

By offering children and girls in particular, a basic education, vocational training, good nutrition and health care accompanied with life skills, we hope to alleviate their burden, as well as their community’s and families’.

What is your project and how will it help?

The main objective of our project is simple: to increase access to primary education (class 1-7) by children from fishery communities through Self Help Groups in 9 villages of Rangailunda Block in Ganjam district, Orissa.

We believe that investing in education and social infrastructure for children, especially for girls, is one of the ways to break the cycle of poverty in fishery communities, notably considering that girls are the mothers of tomorrow who will play a big role in the future of the nation, so they deserve to have all the attention and to get a solid basic education.

But the low quality school buildings, insufficient trained teachers, lack of proper toilet and other facilities have failed to bring the desired results. In this sector, the major issues are low enrolments and continued high drop-out rates, poor quality of education and inappropriate curriculum, lack of motivation among teachers and their recruitment, low levels of educational achievement, gender and caste disparities and poor management of school system.

This is why our project contains 7 Specific Objectives :
-To promote children’s education specially girl child in coastal fishing villages
-To increase the children’s enrollment in primary education centers
-To decrease school drop outs and child labor in target villages
-To create awareness among parents on education and build linkage with schools and government departments.
-To promote Bal-Panchyat and Parents Clubs for protecting child rights and -child integrated development.
-To build network with Government and local NGOs for promotion of children’s education and address child labor and child marriage issues in the target villages

Moreover, the project will be implemented in 9 villages of Rangailunda Block in Ganjam district, and will contribute to achieving Millennium Development Goals – 2 (Achieve Universal Primary Education).

The project also aims to raise awareness amongst parents about the Right to Education Act and its implications if the child is prevented from getting education. In order to provide quality education to children, the village level education centres1 will be strengthened. The teachers working in village level education centres will be trained in innovative teaching methodologies to improve quality of education for children. The children education centres will be managed by women self-help groups in the village.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Other people can partner with us by providing:

-Funds for project implementation
-Volunteering for project implementation
-Donation of material resources

Please detail the resources that you need.

Total Budget: Rs. 955900.00 (~USD17,150).

Program cost :Rs. 618,900
Personnel Cost : Rs. 23,500
Administration expenditure : Rs. 102,000

The project requires a project coordinator, community organizer and community teachers for smooth implementation.

Most of the project budget will spent for program and well being of poor people.

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Partnership types

Advocacy of global issues; Standards and guidelines development; Project funding

Regions / countries / territories

Asia: India

Global issues

Education and training; Migration and population


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