Difference

 

The school does not assume that it can end illiteracy once and for all; or that it can pay adequate attention to all aspects of education. It can at best act as a catalyst, contributing to illiteracy reduction through strategic interventions, linking and learning.

The school aims to make quality and holistic education accessible at an affordable cost to children from marginalized sections of the society through a variety of innovative community based interventions. Over 80 children are currently benefiting from this school.

Convincing and motivating parents…

As most children happen to be first time school goers, the school has a difficult task in convincing and motivating the illiterate parents to send their children esp. girl children to school. It’s a tough call for the parents too as they have to make sacrifices too – sending their wards to schools means that they now have to forego whatever additional income their children would otherwise bring home. On the contrary, they now have the additional burden of shelling out money towards tuition fees and some very basic stationery.

By allowing the girls to enroll themselves in schools, the mothers would now have to do without additional domestic help back home. But the biggest beneficiary is perhaps the girl child herself, whose marriage is deferred at least till the time she is in school.

Positioning…

Again, those who are willing to educate their children are faced with two choices – either send the children to Govt. schools, in which they see ‘no purpose’ or send them to private schools where the cost of education is virtually out of bounds for the economically weaker sections. IFSAR Upper Primary School charges a nominal fee (between Rs. 50 – Rs. 100 pm) primarily to cover the rental / electricity costs and to ensure ownership and commitment of the parents. Preference is given to girl children.

Children in classes VI and above are already being exposed to skills in English proficiency, basic computers and other soft skills. Once children complete class VIII, they would have the option of opting for a vocational course of their choice, if they so desire i.e. To start with they would be offered traditional courses like electrical fittings, plumbing, tailoring, masonry, computer skills etc. The list would be upgraded with time in tune with the market relevance and demand.

Social and economic empowerment of mothers…

Institute of Fundamental Studies and Research realizes that it is vital to work with those women who have sent their children to school. Accordingly, the mothers of these children are members of Self Help Groups initiated by the organization.

Besides inculcating the habit of regular savings, efforts are also undertaken to find alternate and dignified sources of livelihood for these women. In times of emergencies, these women can now borrow money at minimal rate of interest. An increase in their income levels improves the probability of the children being sent to school with relative ease.

In the days to come, the school would have its own captive sources of income generation. Needy children (in the order of priority) would be made partners (subject to the parents’ consent) in the programme, wherein the children would put in about an hour’s work either before or after school hours. This, we believe would supplement the family’s income and would act as an incentive to send the children to schools instead of to factories or other work places.

Linking and learning…

Again, this throws up a good reason for the school to link with the Open Schooling System for classes X and XII. Alongside with vocational education, regular and methodical teaching / coaching would be offered to the children who opt to appear for Board examinations.

Children in classes VI and above are already
being exposed to skills in English
proficiency, basic computers and other soft
skills. Once children complete class VIII,
they would have the option of opting for a
vocational course of their choice, if they so
desire i.e. To start with they would be offered
traditional courses like electrical fittings,
plumbing, tailoring, masonry, computer
skills etc. The list would be upgraded
with time in tune with the market relevance
and demand.

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IFSAR humbly solicits your encouragement, support and continued patronage so the children of the Thar may realize their potentials more