The program focuses on a holistic approach to strengthen the education system. Quality education is attained only when the education system is in its proper place, and the stakeholders are responsible for the significant changes in the education system. The role of the stakeholders (parents, teachers, and management committees) is very important; a positive change in the mindset of the parents, teachers, and management committee acts as a body to strengthen the education system.
The program focuses on facilitating and strengthening these governing bodies through training and meetings. It supports the communities to work toward the development of public schools. The key components of the program are:
- Creating structures for communities to participate and finding a means for communities to engage with the education system
- Institutionalizing the structures and, in the process, building their capabilities to engage with issues of learning
- Accompanying the structures toward institutional maturity where they are able to plan, implement, and review independently across various levels of governance
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The program is implemented in public schools mostly in rural areas, where most of the children enrolled come from families with low incomes.
Scale14,001The educational governance program directly reached out to 14,001 schools, as of 2013. The 14,001 schools are distributed in the four states (Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh & Rajasthan) where the program is operational.
Besides the schools, the program has worked and closely associated with 3395 gram panchayats belonging to 40 districts in 4 states.
The program began in 2000 in three districts of Bangalore in Karnataka. By 2006, it expanded to nine districts of Karnataka, and work initiated in two districts of Andhra Pradesh. In 2008, the program was scaled up in Karnataka to include a total of 22 districts. In 2010, work began in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.
The focus of the program is not on scaling up the work directly but on consolidating the learning experiences and on institutionalizing the work by strengthening capabilities of community-based structures. It works with like-minded organizations to support and to carry out similar work.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
The program monitors results by tracking the development of institutional capabilities of community-based structures — mainly the school committees and the standing committees of the gram panchayats. The organization has developed a tool to track and gauge the progress in institutional capability development. The impact of the various interventions of the organization on school development under the main aspects of enrollment, infrastructure, management, and learning that has taken place through the contribution of school committees and the gram panchayats are monitored regularly.Internal assessment performanceOtherInstitutional capability of community based structures.Yes