The socio-economic background of students and staff members often determines the learning opportunities they are offered in schools. Discrimination on the basis of class, caste, gender, ability, identity, occupation and status is a persistent reality in India. Bihar especially finds itself stringently divided across caste lines; behavioral mindsets that have resulted in deep-rooted structural and cultural violence. Here discrimination takes the form of psycho-social bullying. From a different perspective, discrimination also takes the form of teachers having a tendency to favor or be partial towards students who excel academically. This seemingly benign behavior has a profound impact on the self-esteem of children inside the classroom, adversely affecting their learning abilities. Children often feel disliked, humiliated, or not-good-enough to elicit the attention of their educator. Given the lack of quality education in schools, combined with a general lack of opportunities and support.
About Project Alive:-
The proposed project aims to create inclusive schools where each child is treated with dignity and respect irrespective of their biographical identity. With this strategy, Diksha aims to ensure that inclusive education becomes the norm for these five schools. Such a goal involves initiating the process of significant behavioural change amongst the educators and institutional staff; co-creating a sense of community; building a shared responsibility towards nature and the environment; and collective ownership of what goes on in the classrooms, staff room and playground. Through the project, we aim to address the challenges and barriers to inclusive quality education at the community and school level by raising awareness, building capacity and skills, and initiating an attitudinal shift in the existing school system. The project will adopt the Index For Inclusion, an Inclusive Education Toolkit developed by Prof Tony Booth, University of Cambridge and Prof Mel Ainscow, University of Manchester.
Project Alive has been implemented in 5 selected schools in Patna, Bihar in last one year. However, last year has been a difficult one. There were both opportunities/success and new challenges have created a learning curve among the teachers and students. During the entire project year i.e. almost an year we were able to achieve some outputs, outcomes and impacts.
- Awareness was created on inclusive practices and its importance and these habits will bring a behavioural change in the society as a whole.
- Behavioural change was observed in the beneficiary, and there were changes made in the current school policies in order to be more inclusive in their practices and culture of the school.
- Awareness of inclusive culture, practices, through the activities that were performed in the workshops was created among the teachers and later they applied the same in their schools and worked on their existing policies in order to strengthen them. For Instance- Child protection committee was created in two of the schools by the behavioral change that was created by these workshops. In various schools child parliament to be developed to create a space where they can follow and practice freedom of speech.