Help rural tribal children access education by Seva Mandir

Help rural tribal children access education

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Every monthly donation helps more rural children access education

There is one Government middle school in Jamun, Rajasthan but due to the quality of teachers' attendance as well as the distance from home many of the children were discouraged from going to school. The children were instead sent for cattle grazing. Seva Mandir took up the task of setting up a rural school as an alternative.

The village youth counseled parents and enrolled children into the school. Today, all the children at the Jamun center can read and write. After graduating from the rural school the children go to the Government schools for higher studies, sometimes outperforming the students there.

The parents also understand the importance of education because of the rural schools. You can help these tribal children get quality education Shiksha Kendras.

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Program Description

Seva Mandir's education strategy focuses on ensuring education for the school dropouts between the ages of 6-14 years in tribal areas and enables communities to demand quality education from the Government.

Seva Mandir runs Shiksha Kendras in places where the quality of education is either dismal or available at all. Shiksha Kendras are single classroom, single teacher schools providing education up to 3rd grade. Surveys are conducted to assesses the quality of existing education system, if any and availability of eligible children through continuous interactions with the villagers. After an assessment, a Shiksha Kendra is opened in the said village and a local teacher is employed. The required material is distributed to the children and the school.

The entire village is involved in monitoring the school. Seva Mandir runs 205 schools serving 6000 children every year. When you support this program, you enable tribal children to dream of a better future.

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About The NGO

Seva Mandir
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Seva Mandir

Seva Mandir is one of India's leading development nonprofit organizations. It currently works with 360,000 people across 700 villages of southern Rajasthan, where over 90% of the population relies on subsistence agriculture and most people live on less than Rs. 20 ($0.35) a day.

For over 45 years, Seva Mandir has worked in partnership with these people, not only to improve their material well-being but to build stronger and more ethical communities. Through its programs on governance, health, education, sustainable use of natural resources, women's empowerment, youth development, child care and social enterprise,

Seva Mandir makes a tangible and transformative impact. Every year, 12,000 disadvantaged children receive a quality education in its schools; 8,000 women and children out of reach of hospitals are offered critical health services; thousands of more families achieve food security and sustainable livelihoods through the rehabilitation of hundreds of acres of land; and 9,000 women move closer to gender equality and financial independence through women's groups and lending cooperatives.

Their mission is to make real the idea of a society consisting of free and equal citizens who are able to come together to solve the problems that affect them in their particular contexts.

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Founded in 1991
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Mr. Ronak Shah

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Primary Education | education

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Rajasthan

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2016: Guidestar India Transparency Award 2016

2017: Best Farmer Award

2013: India Top NGO Award

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Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

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Verification Visit Reports
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23 May, 2022

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Covid-19 has increased financial stress in the communities. As government pre-schools and schools were closed for more than 18 months in these frequent waves of Covid, children are being pressurised by parents for household and labour work to support families. In such circumstances, having children out of the education net would have been very challenging, if Seva Mandir hadn’t continued engagement with children through 147 Shiksha Kendras.

In the reporting period, Seva Mandir ensured the education of around 5,000 children through a home-based engagement strategy and the regular opening of Shiksha Kendras (SKs).

The Kendras were open till July, but with the onset of the second wave, the instructors resumed home-based teaching. They engaged with children in a group of 4-5, in the proximity of their homes. Each child was engaged with the instructor for 1.5 to 2 hours using an education kit.

From October 18th, 2021, given the declined & improved second wave of COVID 19 in the state, the education administration was permitted to reopen the classes for primary sections at the end of September adhering to COVID-19 protocols.

A study was conducted in 5 blocks of the Seva Mandir catchment area to understand the present learning levels of children. The study surveyed 200 children across intervention blocks to map the learning status and 100 children to assess the behavioural aspects through using a questionnaire mixed of close and open-ended items. The findings of the assessment were very astonishing as 92% of the participants wanted and liked to study at Shiksha Kendra centre instead of home.

Through this study, it was apparent that Group Based Teaching has a significant role to play in delivering basic education. There is a need for more learning time, reopening of Shiksha Kendras, customized curriculum and pedagogical instructions to level the learning standard of all children in the near future which got hampered in this world pandemic.

Following all this, we reopened the SKs across blocks for young children on October 18th, 2021, keeping strict safety measures for COVID-19 in place which includes the wearing of masks, hand sanitization, and proper sanitation process of the SKs.

Children were getting experiential learning at SKs as before with their peers after a long time in this world pandemic. Instructors welcomed them with a formal greeting, putting a customary mark on their forehead and garland around the neck. Instructors were also strictly maintaining the COVID protocols throughout the learning-teaching processes.

Study materials were distributed to all children like bags, worksheets, pencils, erasers, copies, drawing copy, colour, etc. to generate their curiosity and constructive engagement towards education with the reopening of SKs.

The monitoring of SKs was done through photos taken by phone/ cameras during the lockdown period and shared through WhatsApp and monthly visits by staff. The camera monitoring system was followed in the group teaching and post the reopening of SKs. The average teaching day in this period was 25 working days.


Challenges faced and next steps

Challenges faced were the following: • Lack of technological capability amongst staff in the ground • Stakeholder’s preparedness regarding the regular opening of Shikha Kendras (SKs) • Fear of the third wave of Covid • Ensuring regularity of children at SKs, their health safety, and motivating children towards education after a long time with their peers • Pedagogical instructions post the reopening of SKs.

Following steps were taken into action for addressing the above roadblocks: • Conducted brainstorming sessions within team and capacity building training with instructors to come up with better possible solutions in the field • Organized a meeting for distinguished stakeholders to sensitize them around reopening of SKs and their safety measures • Inspired children while coming to SKs and worked on lost learning along with regular curriculum through a joyful and activity-based learning environment

Next Steps for Our Program: • Keep regular dialogue with children and their families on COVID-19 appropriate behaviour & WASH • Monitoring and safety observation of SKs • Catch-up lost learning of children • Preparation of children’s evaluation


Stories from the ground

Kailash Kumar Gameti (8 years) lives in Umariya village of Badgaon block. Kailash’s father, Nanji passed away due to typhoid. Her mother, Lila Devi works in MGNREGA. Due to financial issues pertaining to her family, her elder brother has to go out of the state to find work. Post the second wave of COVID, the instructor went to the house of the student. During his visit, he found out that she has potential in studies but these days supporting her mother in household chores. The instructor convinced her mother to send the child to group-based teaching of Shiksha Kendra (SK). Later with regular motivation and regular opening of SK, she started coming to study. She loves learning, listening to poems and reciting them. She likes to play skipping rope and PAKDA - PAKDI (a local game). She is studying in level B now.


28 November, 2021

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Taking cognizance of the global health crisis and as per the Government protocol, centre-based education was not possible. As an alternative teaching method, group-based teaching (4-5 children) in open areas near the homes of children was devised across the intervention blocks of the Udaipur district and followed during the entire period. Around 600 children were educated through revised strategies to mitigate the learning loss and provided with self-learning educational kits for continuity of learning at home. More than 550 families sensitized on COVID-19 & WASH. As COVID-19 cases rise again in their second wave, The Government of India issued a lockdown order which began on the 19th of April, 2021 to reduce the spread of Covid-19. As a result of this lockdown, ongoing group-based teaching support systems in villages have also been halted temporarily. However, taking learnings from last year, we have ensured the instructors-children connect. We revised the ongoing group-based teaching with other adaptive strategies which include phone calls support system (a low-tech solution) for parents and children, individual child’s home visits and online capacity building of instructors to re-balance educational needs with protecting the health of children, instructors and families.


Challenges faced and next steps

In the past 18 months, the world has been shaking with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. The economy, development and even the learning of children have been severely impacted. The lockdown presented several challenges for the Shiksha Kendras. Parents were not fully aware at the start of the lockdown of the severity of the pandemic and did not understand why the Shiksha Kendras were closing. They were also concerned that their children would lose out on their education and might be drop out. Field areas were suffering from electricity, network issues and connectivity. Many do not have any smartphones or even simple phones which show the big digital gap. Parents with phones generally do not recharge their phones regularly due to financial constraints which make children online learning inconsistent. Entry of COVID-19 infection in villages resulted in a fearful situation as people were reluctant to go to the government hospital and take any vaccine. Moreover, dealing with the new learn at home reality.To address these concerns, the following activities were conducted to keep the children in the education net:• Awareness and information materials were shared with families to build their understanding of the lockdown and the pandemic. • Community members were influenced and sensitized through ‘Nukkad Natak’, one to one counselling and factual video sharing.• Development and distribution of a ‘Student Kit’ which provides children with locally available learning materials, worksheets, drawing paper, storybooks and stationary so that they may continue learning from home.• A family member was assigned the responsibility to supervise the children and ensure they complete their homework assigned by the instructors.• Each instructor visited a child’s home twice a week to teach them in a group of 4-5 and ensure they were learning and also see that they were in good health.• Connected with children amidst the second wave of COVID-19 over phone calls to guide them on using self-learning material, assigning work, and following up. The following action plan has been made for the next six months to ensure the learning of children:• With the ease in second wave lockdown & restriction, group-based teaching has been resumed from August’ 21.• Continue the dialogue with children and their families on Covid-19 safety and vaccination.• Mainstreaming of children in schools in July/August 21.• Capacity building of teachers.


Stories from the ground

Lokesh is a 9-year-old boy studying at the Losing Dhana Shiksha Kendra in Badgaon block. He has 3 sisters who had all studied at the Kendra earlier. At present, they are studying at a government school. His father, Shravan Singh is a driver by occupation and his mother is a housewife. He has been coming to the Kendra for the last 3 years. He likes the way subjects are taught and really enjoys learning both Hindi and Maths subjects.The closure of Shiksha Kendra because of the COVID-19 pandemic situation made him lost his attention towards studies. He started being irregular in the revised strategy of group-based teaching in villages. His Instructor Prem Lata noticed this during group learning. She visited his home and came to know that he does not enjoy coming and studying in a group. His parents requested the instructor to come home for a few days to convince him towards going to group learning. Prem Lata worked on the same very idea. She taught the child at home individually for some days and motivated him immensely. She also changed the teaching location.Now, Lokesh is much more excited and dedicated than before to participate in a group teaching environment. His parents are really happy that group-based and phone call based engagement of children has been started amidst the COVID-19 situation where their ward along with other children are getting benefited.


23 March, 2021

Seva Mandir's efforts during Covid-19

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During the reporting period, the prevailing Covid-19 situation seriously interrupted the flow of education through centre-based teaching and learning process. Our efforts thus, become critical & essential, at the same time for retaining children in the safety net, ensuring their education, well being, health & hygiene and also supporting their family as a unit to achieve the core objective of the programme.


The educational activities that involve children’ gathering is completely on hold as per the government directives. However, education is a must for the children to be remained connected with daily learning outcomes and without them; they will definitely engage into other household activities, earning livelihood and grazing domestic animals or may drop out permanently. We are continuously devising alternative models to engage children constructively and make some level of teaching.


Alternate Strategy Plan -
As per the evolved strategy considering COVID situation, below were the activities planned:


1- Providing Educational Support & Hygiene Kit
• Provision of timely study material kit distribution for every child (Kit will be prepared based on learning levels of students)
• Small group teaching through daily visits of teachers.
• Teachers will be involved with parents for creating a dialogue regarding their contribution on continuity of their children towards education


• Regular Capacity Building of Teachers
• Quarterly meeting Virtual/Online and Offline training in small group at block and zone level
• Timely TLM kit and reading learning material for Teachers.


2- Hygiene and WASH Awareness
Regular dialogue with children and families (Information and awareness). Targeting children, families and the community at large.


Key Highlights of the Program:
Reaching out to 5,096 children through 138 SKs & 165 Instructors across five blocks


• 21 % of total new enrollment at SKs in September 2020
• 19 % of total enrollment graduated from SKs to other institutions
• 444 children participated (213 girls) into International Literacy Day, 2020 and over 190 parents witnessed this celebration for the first time
• 30 SKs using tablets for teaching-learning process under the ‘Digital Learning Program’
• 5 SKs supporting to the upper primary students under the ‘Mentoring Support Program’
• Around 4000 child’s home visits and 3248 phone calls done across five blocks to reach out children in the Covid-19 situation along with door to door parents interactions.
• Children are provided with self-study materials kit individually. The strategy behind providing study materials was that the material can be used by the child on its own. Through these educational materials, the instructor do their daily lesson planning and keeps the children connected with various educational activities based learning while child’s home visit and via phone calls and the children also enjoy these activities.


Shiksha Kendras (SKs) or bridge schools aims to help children acquire basic skills in Hindi, Maths and English and also motivate them to enroll into Govt. schools to continue their further education. Currently, 138 SKs are in function and reaching out to 5096 children through 165 instructors.


Instructors’ Meeting:
Due to Covid-19 outbreak in this reporting period, the meeting shifted to online mode and offline in a small group of 4-5 instructors.


The topics discussed in such meetings were as follows-
Various discussions being facilitated over the issues of community members evolved due to Covid-19 outbreak, identifying & knowing the mental state of the parents, guardians & their respective wards, providing children connect to their teachers through alternatives strategies like phone calls, individual home visits, just to keep them in education net, providing the study materials to children for self-learning at home.


Parents-Teachers Meeting:
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, door to door counselling support (in lieu of large group meeting) given to the parents by instructors across all five blocks. The visit agenda were as the following:



  •    Sensitize parents around Corona safety rules like wearing masks, frequently hand wash, keeping social distance and avoid unnecessary travel to outside 


  •    Motivate and support the children in their self-learning being in the role of first teacher at home


  •    Support parents in availing the govt. facilities like distribution of grocery items, sanitation & hygiene kit through proper documents




5 July, 2020

Children at Seva Mandir's Shiksha Kendras

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Children at Seva Mandir's Shiksha Kendras




Shiksha Kendras (SKs) function as bridge schools catering to out of school children in the age group of 6- 14 years and provides them quality education. Currently, 143 SKs are in function and reaching out to 5219 children out of which 44% are girls.
During the period, 31% children took new admissions in 143 Shiksha Kendras. Out of 1636 children, 48% were girls. With 44% Kotra block has the lowest ratio of girl child taking admissions into SKs. Of all the 5 blocks both Kherwara and Girwa have the highest ratio of girl child with new admissions of more than 50% girls.
In the half yearly evaluation of Dec, 2019, a total of 4819 students have participated. Out of these 4819 children 44% were girls. The result shows 1305 (27%) children have reached to Level 3.
Once the students from SKs achieve basic competencies in language and mathematics, they are encouraged to enrol in government schools. This year, 1499 students were enrolled in government school i.e. 29% of the total enrolment ,out of which 43% were girls students. In this academic session, 52% of the children got admission in class 5 & 6 while rest of the 48% the children got admission in class 4th or lower.
A six days residential teachers training got conducted for 192 teachers at Kaya training centre. These training programs are a mix of activities, sessions, group discussions, deliberations providing the opportunity to the instructors for their personal as well as professional growth.
The myriad sessions planned for these days are spread across the subjective knowledge, life skills & physical education. The trail of sessions focuses on language comprehension (learning & reading both English & Hindi), numeracy, role plays and life skills viz, good touch-bad touch, personal hygiene.


Monitoring of Shiksha Kendra by parents: The parents and GVC (Gram Vikas Committee) members always have the responsibility of monitoring and visiting Shiksha Kendras.


Mentoring Support: Total 127 children of government schools are also completing their schools and coming to these centers for academic and emotional support. These students are upper primary level who have graduated from SKs only. There are also few students who are from nearby villages, inspire from there classmates.


Digital learning: This program also aims to create interest in children for learning English language via audio-video medium.30 SKs are creating impact on teachers and children learning capacity under this program.



19 November, 2019

Children enjoying fun activities

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Children enjoying fun activities








22 July, 2019

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Program Update


Seva Mandir’s education program attempts to ensure primary education to out-of-school children through Shiksha Kendra’s (SKs) and Residential Learning Camps (RLCs), other interventions include Activity Centers at government schools and Scholarship Programme to ensure continuity of education. During January - March 2019, 147 SKs are being run in the 5 blocks of Udaipur district in which more than 5,326 out-of-school children aged 6 to 14 are studying, out of which there are 56 children under scholarship program and 159 children are participating in the second RLC. During the period a total of 1659 (31%) children took new admissions in 147 SKs. Out of 1659 children, 44.4% are girls.


Story from the field


Limited access to quality education is a significant development challenge in Udaipur district. In Seva Mandir’s work area, poverty and the lack of quality education are the key factors that lead to a child not going to school. Furthermore, the condition of schooling in the tribal areas is often one of severe neglect, with high rates of teacher absenteeism, teacher’s posts lying vacant, poor teaching methods, a paucity of required materials and inadequate infrastructure. These conditions coupled with poverty de-motivate children and force them to drop out from school. Seva Mandir design and implement programs based on the needs and demands of the communities. These programs include Bridge School Program known as Shiksha Kendra’s, Residential Learning Camps, Activity Centers at government schools and Youth Resource Centers and Scholarships to ensure continuity of education.


Asha Kumari, a 10 years old girl lives in NaalFala, at Chanawada village in Udaipur District. Her father Hira Lal ji works as a laborer in Udaipur city. She used to go to a government school which is situated more than one kilometer away from her home. It was very difficult for her to go to school as she had to cross a mountain to reach the school. Asha stopped going to school and stayed back home for more than one year. Her mother came to Seva Mandir's Shiksha Kendra (SK) and talked to the teacher about her daughter’s education as soon as she got the knowledge about the centre. The teacher suggested sending her daughter to Shiksha Kendra for her further studies. Asha started coming to SK from July, 2018 and now she comes to the centre daily. Her younger brothers Sahil and Ganesh also got admission in SK. Asha has now learnt writing her name, counting till 20, alphabets and spellings of basic alphabet words.


What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?6753
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date5741
Village/City/State where project is locatedUdaipur District, Blocks- Kherwada, Jhadol, Kotra, Badgaon, Girwa
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1937647270
Total Expenses for the project YTD37561115

23 May, 2019

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Program Update


Seva Mandir’s education program attempts to ensure primary education to out-of-school children through Shiksha Kendra’s (SKs) and Residential learning camps (RLCs), Other interventions include Activity centers at government schools and scholarship programme to ensure continuity of education. During April-September 2018, 148 SKs are being run in 5 blocks of Udaipur and Rajsamand districts, in which more than 5,000 out-of-school children aged 6 to 14 got education. There are 56 children under scholarship program and 180 children are participating in the first RLC.


Story from the field


Eight-year old Khuma was among the first students at the Camp in 2000. “While coming through the Training Centre of Seva Mandir gate for the first time I felt nervous. I wasn’t sure why I was here”, he recalled. He remembered how he overcame his initial anxiety at the 25-day camp and eventually made friends with children from other villages. Nobody could have guessed that 13 years later Khuma would return to this center as a teacher at the Camp. He began his schooling at a Seva Mandir non-formal education center in 1998. He was then recruited to enroll in the first Camp at Kaya, which he now remembers fondly. After the camp, Khuma enrolled in a nearby government school, but maintained his connection with Seva Mandir by becoming active in the local Youth Resource Center.
As the first person in his family to receive an education, his commitment never wavered. In an area where most children never make it through primary school, Khuma, the son of a poor farmer, graduated from secondary school in 2011. He was then recruited to work at a shop in Mumbai, but feeling dissatisfied with the pace and strain of urban living, he left after two months to pursue a college education and work towards a better future.
Soon after returning from Mumbai, Khuma was approached by a Seva Mandir zone worker who asked him if he was interested in working as a teacher for Seva Mandir. When we asked him about why he took the offer he said, “I benefited a lot from Seva Mandir, I have taken [their] help every time in my life. I will never turn down any job from Seva Mandir”.


His eyes swelled then swelled with pride, “I got offers from other NGOs, but I declined them. I will only work for Seva Mandir”, he said.


At the Camp, Khuma is quite the hero. He laughed when he recounted the disbelief and astonishment when, on the first day of the camp, he revealed to all the children that he is a former Camp student himself. To these new first-generation learners, he serves as a living role model who can relate to these students better than anyone.


Khuma’s story is an example for the 10,000 first gener¬ation students in our schools, and speaks to the deeper change we are nurturing across 700 villages, including a demand for quality education and a commitment to public service.


What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date5983
Village/City/State where project is locatedUdaipur district, Blocks- Kherwara, Jhadol, Kotra, Badgaon, Girwa
Total Budget for the project for FY18-1917957247
Total Expenses for the project YTD17957247