Repairing the damaged roof of school building
attendance from 55.38% to 100%
The Government primary school, in the village of
Nagfena, Odisha, saw the attendance of only
36 children out of the total 65 children enrolled. It
was noticed that the parents of the irregular
students preferred not to send their children to
school as the school's roof was damaged.
The community had lodged a complaint with the
school headmaster, several times. But no action
had been taken for over 2 years. And this, in turn,
affected the attendance of the children
at this school, especially during the monsoons.
The team of the CRY-supported project, ADHAR,
visited the school and discussed the problem with
the school teachers as well as the community
members, with the involvement of
the Sarpanch. The Community of the Nagfena
village, along with the Gram Panchayat
and School Management Committee members, met
with the Block Education Officer
and provided a written complaint regarding the
school building issues. They also requested
for an immediate solution. Consequently, a new school building was allotted to the
Nagfena School and the damaged building was
repaired as well. The new building
has separate toilets plus drinking water facilities.
Thanks to which, the student attendance
has gone up by as much as 44.62%.
Installing a water pump increases attendance in
school to 98%
The Sunia primary school of the Contai East Circle,
under the Deshapran Development Block,
had a tube well that wasn't functional. As a result,
students were skipping school.
That's when the members of the Child Cabinet and
the Right to Education Monitoring Committee met
to prepare a charter of demands. These demands
were presented to the Block Development Officer
and the Savapati of the Deshapran block. One of
the demands was to ensure drinking water for
children. In March 2016, a submersible pump was
installed in front of the school. Now the student-attendance
stands at 98% in the school.
Number of students increases by 24% after
teachers learn to use teaching and learning
The Dakshin Kaya primary school, in a remote
village in West Bengal, had only 9 students and
2 teachers. Kajla Jan Kalyan Samiti (KJKS), a
CRY-supported project, conducted several meetings
with the school teachers, villagers, the Village
Education Committee, Sikshabondhu, Panchayat
members, and even the sub-inspector of the
school, regarding the students' attendance.
Additionally, the members of the Village Education
Committee and the teachers undertook home visits
to increase the attendance of children in the
school. The KJKS field staff and the teachers also
conducted workshops on making teaching and
learning materials for the school. The teachers then started using these materials during class and
also decorated the school classrooms.
They also conduct indoor and outdoor games,
practice creative writing and even publish a wall
magazine on a regular basis. The school now has
Installing tube wells brings adolescent girls back
Drinking water was an issue with the school
situated on a high-stony area in the Nawadih
of Giridih's Jamua Block. This impacted not only
the school children and the teachers but also
Despite three borings, water was not found under
the stony layer. A hand pump was installed
in the school premises but it proved to be futile.
Parts of the tube well were also stolen over
the years as the school didn't have a boundary
wall. This resulted in water being fetched from
a distance of close to half a kilometer in the hilly
terrain. Accessing the toilet also proved to be
difficult due to the unavailability of water.
The school authority, along with the School
Management Committee (SMC), took up the
process of submitting an appeal for provision of a
water facility to the District Superintendent of
Education. But the department stated their inability to help in a situation where three borings
too had failed.
The CRY-supported project, Jago Foundation,
facilitated a meeting with the SMC, the school
teachers and the Mukhiya. And it discussed
applying to the Zila Parishad for a deep boring
so that water could be available in the school.
Money for installing a hand pump was allocated in
In July 2016, the Mukhiya and the Zila Parishad
collaborated to constructed two tube wells in the
northern and southern fringes of the school. The
process for a deep boring within the school is still
being pursued by the SMC and the Mukhiya, with
the Education Department in the district and
the PHD. The Mukhiya, though not a member of the
SMC, is proactively taking the process forward.
Children are now able to access the school toilet
because of the availability of water. And the girls
of classes seven and eight have stopped skipping school. The community has also come forward
to construct a bamboo fence around the school,
through individual contribution of bamboos