Improving Access to Education for Marginalized Children in Mahabubnagar District, Telangana


Project Area: Dharur and Gadwalmandals of Mahabubnagar District, Telangana | Timeline: June 2014 – 2017

The program focuses on marginalised communities especially in an area which is known for chronic migration of labour resulting in homes being locked for half the year and schools being dysfunctional.

Overview

The program reaches out to 12000 children in the area. It focuses on holding meetings with the community and the gram panchayats, campaign against child labour, working in cotton seed farms, motivating parents to allow children to stay back home for continuing with their education, strengthening the School Management Committees and women’s groups on protection of child rights. The program also provides for scholarships for children form dalit communities for pursuing higher education.

| Donor: Action Aid

Project Updates

  • Support given to government elementary schools to provide quality, non-discriminatory and universal education. Teachers have been motivated to discontinue practices of making girl children sweep the floor, wash  the lunch plates of the teachers  and also discourage them from calling girls by nicknames..
  • Formation of children’s committees.
  • 25 dalit children identified and given scholarships at Rs.14,000 per annum per student for completion of graduation.
  • Orientation to the school teachers and SMCs toe top discriminatory practices being conducted.
  • Significant reduction of children migrating out of the mandal and also as child laborers.
  • Enhanced public awareness on school budgets, roles and responsibilities of teachers and accountability
  • At least 20 gram panchayats are involved in engaging with schools in a systematic fashion. Schools and child rights are part of the agenda and mentioned  in the minutes of the meetings of gram Panchayats.
  • 40 SMCs aware of the provisions of the RTE Act and their roles and responsibilities.Minutes of SMC meetings maintained and quality of agenda items discussed.
  • Increase in school enrollment