FXB India Suraksha believes in the universal and fundamental ‘Right to Education’. A key focus of all FXBIS programmes is to ensure access to quality primary and secondary level education for every child within its intervention geography. The envisioned impact of the FXBIS Education Strategy is educated, confident, productive and socially responsible children and youth. To reach this goal, FXBIS applies a multi-folded approach.
Through its awareness and mobilization campaigns FXBIS generates recognition for the necessity and importance of education within the community in general and among parents in particular. The objective is to convince parents about the added value of allowing their children, especially girls, to attend and complete schooling.
FXBIS also makes an effort to identify the most vulnerable and marginalized families within its intervention geography. Being aware of their economic hardships, FXBIS supports these families by linking them with relevant government education schemes and assisting them with the application process. Some special cases, particularly families affected by HIV/Aids, are incorporated into FXBIS’ own sponsored scholarship programme.
Another angle of the FXBIS Education Strategy is the promotion of competence-based teaching methods and improved school infrastructure such as access to safe drinking water, separate toilets for boys and girls, a safe playground, well equipped class rooms and libraries, and availability of audio-visual teaching material. The objective is to ensure quality education and a child- and especially girl-friendly school environment.
FXBIS Computer Literacy Centres equip children and youth with access to and knowledge about modern technology. The objective is to boost the children’s performance and prepare them for the requirements of today’s working environment.
Non-formal education programmes and ‘Life Skill Workshops’ and vocational training courses expand the skill sets of adolescents and women allowing them to be well equipped, self-confident and productive members of their communities.
A vital component of the FXBIS Education Strategy is evidence-based research on education and advocacy with stakeholders. The objective is to ameliorate governance and policy issues in the realm of education.
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CEI approaches in action
Community Meeting and engagement is the first step for creating demand among the poor families, selecting the ultra poor families among them, finding the existing resources available there and partnering with government schemes , schools and funding sources. Along with the education support and regular counseling to the students, the families are supported through income generation program for sustainable impact. FXBIS also linked them for placement support .
Monitoring & Evaluation
Suraksha Centers use a monitoring framework developed by FXB India Suraksha's (FXBIS). The M & E tool uses various quantitative and qualitative measurements. The projects are closely monitored by the Programme Manager with supportive supervision and advice from the CEO from FXBIS HQ at New Delhi. The Programme Manager with the support from the state team discuss events, check reports and meet stakeholders on a regular basis to ensure quality and timely delivery. Project Officers coordinate with stakeholders and beneficiaries to develop monthly progress reports that are sent to the Programme Manager. These reports record performance results of students and community engagement efforts. FXB India Suraksha has a monthly template along this line which is used for state program monitoring. The project officers draw support from the M & E Officer at FXBIS HQ to maintain the quality of the progress reports. The Project team comprising Programme Manager, project Staff and stakeholders review the progress, issues and challenges faced every quarter and share their common objectives to improve project quality and outcomes.
51.5% children are achieving first class grades compared to 23% at beginning (Manipur).
87.5% student attendance through the end of 2015.
In the last 3 years, student enrollment has increased 106%.