The key problem that SRI (Self Reliant India) seeks to address is the problem of “Ineffective school environment and Unsupportive home & community environment” which results in poor student learning outcome.
Creating equitable society by helping underprivileged section to avail the opportunities meant for them through education.
Our mission is to transform education system through building community ownership towards public education.
SRI is currently working with 200 students in the Rewari District of Haryana. One of our students, Kashish is a bright student studying in grade 5th of a Govt. school inQutubpur, Rewari. Kashish, a bright girl and one of the potential students who can crack the exam. Kashish a student residing in nearby slums where her dad is a daily wage labourer and her mom is housewife. With 3 other siblings she will most probably drop-out after class 8 due to financial constraint and exposure. She has opted to appear in the entrance exam of the government-owned Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya chain of schools to access to better quality of education, which will lead to a better quality of life for her and her family.To prepare for the entrance exams, she and 200 others are regularly attending class’s post-school hours taught by SRI volunteers. These volunteer-teachers have been receiving a small fixed amount as monthly stipend.
In past 8 months the different tests we took at regular intervals has shown that there has been an increase of 30% in student learning outcomes. The average score of the class going up has given us the hope of increase of potential candidates for selection. Our workshop with volunteers has helped us to identify the gaps in schools and their communities and what strengths should be built of volunteers for better classroom management. Learning’s from past 8 months has helped us to reinstate the vision of ours that community partnerships and ownership can be seen as a sustainable way of going ahead. As a result in one of the villages, a village samiti has been created where all the stakeholders (Sarpanch, parents, children, nearby companies) come together to solve the issues of the school. Already a village meeting has been there and they have pooled RS.70, 000 for up-gradation of school.
Need for Crowd Funding:
Everything was on track but then the Govt. postponed the exams by from February 10th to April 21st. This extension was not planned for and now we do not have the sufficient funds to support our volunteer-teachers. This is directly impacting the student’s preparation. If we are not able to raise the required funds, all the hard work done over the past 8 months will be lost. With your support this will not happen. Your kind contribution of INR 1000/- or more will help enable volunteer-teachers to continue preparing Kashish and her friends.