Gramin Shiksha Kendra (GSK) will work closely with the parents involved in School Management Committee (SMCs) in government schools in the vicinity of GSK's three flagship Uday schools. A Samuday-Mitra (Community-friend) will work with the parents' community and School Management Committees (SMCs) to provide them with the skills and capacity to actively participate in the functioning of schools and to enable them driving the demand for quality education in their government schools. In this way, the community can become empowered as education activists and ensure that their children's right to universal quality education is met.
GSK's emphasis has always been contextual, driven by a belief that quality education can be achieved with local-level resources. Parents, especially mothers, are heavily encouraged to be involved in school management. Through our work with communities, we have seen significant changes in the School Management Committees (SMCs). In a recent assessment of SMCs, GSK has worked with, GSK found that 85% of parents raise issues in meetings and 86% of these SMCs hold monthly meetings. The percentage of women raising issues in monthly SMC meetings rose from 63% in 2016-17 to 88% in 2017-18. In 86% of schools, parents have reported irregularities, if found in the schools, to officers. Through the training provided through GSK, parents are empowered to be active participants in their children's education.
This project will provide support to 70 government schools in community engagement, working with the parents of students in those schools. It will empower those parents with the skills to be education activists and help ensure quality education is provided to the children in the area. In partnership with parents and government schools, up to 10,000 children will be impacted.
The project will be led by the Community Coordinator, Mr. Radheyshyam Sain. He is from the village of Fariya, the site of one of Gramin Shiksha Kendra's Uday Community schools and has over thirty years of experience in working with the local community and leadership.