Uday Samudayik Pathshalas are resource schools set up in the Khandar and Sawai Madhopur districts, as well as one in an urban area of the state of Rajasthan. As resource centers, these schools serve many purposes. The center demonstrates not just Gramin Shiksha Kendra's (GSK) beliefs about education but also its beliefs about the way people feel a school should engage with the community. Teachers come to observe and work at the center for some time. Children from other schools come and use the library. The schools are also a resource for the community to come and observe GSK's way of doing things.
GSK has set up five such resource schools around the Ranthambhor National Park. Two of these resource schools are supporting educational activities in 40 villages in the area.
All the schools, which go by the name Uday, meaning "morning," are free. The rural schools have been set up in villages after consultations with the community; it also helped that GSK had strong community links.
The centers are able to demonstrate positive approach to the community and establish the schools as high-quality schools. Demand for new Uday Pathshalas come every day from different villages. Vistaar is an effort to work with the parent and teacher communities to improve the quality of government schools in villages so the government schools start providing similar quality education to children in the area.
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CEI approaches in action
Only children with low learning achievements and from the poorest families of the community are admitted into the school. This rule has been established by the community.
Mr. Sachin Sachdeva and Ms. Jyotsna Lall were employees of the Centre for Environment Education working in the area on an ecodevelopment project that aimed to understand people's livelihoods and their dependence on the forest and determine approaches by which this could be reduced without adversely affecting the people or the forest. They worked closely with the local people to understand their concern and find possible solutions. A similar role was being played by Radheshyam Sain, who was a coordinator at the WWF's project based in Khandar. Vijendra Pal was a local teacher and artist keenly involved with education and conservation. Sachin, Jyotsna, Vijendra, Radheyshyam and Prithviraj Meena joined together, and, along with Kalyan Hiraman, Harsahai Jaga and Rampal Gujjar, came together to form the Gramin Shiksha Kendra in 1996 and identified education as the core of the work that they would do. The organization remained dormant for almost eight years until 2003, when Maneesh Pandey joined up and took on the challenge to take the organization from an idea to reality. Ten years later, in 2014, GSK has established itself in Sawai Madhopur and is slowly being known for its approach to education in the state and other parts of the country. GSK's Uday Samudayik Pathshalas have more than 600 children enrolled and are reaching out to more than 65 government schools in 65 villages through an extension program.
The organization is looking forward to cater to about 100 villages that cover up the area around Ranthambore Forest. Also, the organization is planning to spread its project in other districts and in urban areas.
Monitoring & Evaluation
Monitoring is done periodically by the funding agency. There is an annual planning and evaluation exercise done by the core team and board of the organization.
70% of the children are first-generation learners.
100% of the children who enroll in the schools graduate from the school.
85-90 in different schools
Cost per student is Rs. 13000 per year