Access and Retention

Residential Schools/Hostels


The right to education Act offers free and compulsory education for the children in the age group of 6 to 14. The state is obliged to provide lower primary schools in 1 kilometer distance, upper primary school in 3 kilometer distance and high schools in 5 kilometer distance. But the department could not provide schools that are accessible for children in the tribal hamlets. As the schools are away from the tribal hamlets there is frequent dropout of students in these areas. The retention rate in these areas was also quite low. To tackle this issue, MHRD has given sanction to three residential Hostels to Samagra Shiksha, Kerala. Three tribal hotels were sanctioned in Marayoor in Idukki district, Nilambur in Malappuram District and Kottur in Thiruvananthapuram district.

Objectives

  • To provide hostel facility with child friendly atmosphere and positive learning environment, who do not have access to the school.
  • To create a model tribal hostel concept that can be adapted to various similar situations.
  • To inculcate self motivation, self awareness and confidence in children through various programmes.
  • To provide homely environment to marginalized groups which naturally force the child to continue their school education Activities.
  • To provide life skills and soft skills trainings to the children and make them the face completion in the world.
  • To equip them with physical fitness by providing self-defense training and games.
  • To develop the aesthetic skills and creativity of children by proving music and instrument music training.
  • To make the children intrinsically and extrinsically motivated so that they will continue their studies till they reach the maximum.
  • Residential Schools /Hostels:

    Nilambur, Malappuram

    One of the main objectives of RTE act is access and retention. Samagra Shiksha started three residential hostels in our Kerala to ensure better access and better learning outcomes to the pupils belonging to Scheduled Tribe. One of them is functioning at Nilambur. There are facilities for 50 boys to stay and to get educational support from the tutors appointed in the hostel. Marayoor tribal Hostel in Idukki

  • To provide hostel facility with child friendly atmosphere and positive learning environment, who do not have access to the school.
  • To create a model tribal hostel concept that can be adapted to various similar situations.
  • To inculcate self motivation, self awareness and confidence in children through various programmes.
  • To provide homely environment to marginalized groups which naturally force the child to continue their school education Activities.
  • To provide life skills and soft skills trainings to the children and make them the face completion in the world.
  • To equip them with physical fitness by providing self-defense training and games.
  • To develop the aesthetic skills and creativity of children by proving music and instrument music training.
  • To make the children intrinsically and extrinsically motivated so that they will continue their studies till they reach the maximum.
  • Residential Hostel Kottoor, Thiruvananthapuram

    Introduction

    The third hostel sanctioned is in Kottoor in the District of Thiruvananthapuram. There are 27 tribal settlements scattered inside the dense forest area near Agasthiyarkoodam. Due to high risk of travel, children are unable to attend schools. Samgra Shiksha Kerala assures the participation of these students in regular schooling from the settlement like Mangode,Podiyam,Mukkothivayal and Anakkadu

    Objectives

  • To provide safe accommodation for tribal students
  • To provide nutritious food for students.
  • To ascertain cent percentage enrolment of the children of tribal students.
  • To reduce dropout rates among tribal children
  • To equip them with physical fitness by providing self defence training and games.
  • Special training for OoSC

    Though the literacy rate of Kerala is high still we can find children who are not enrolled in schools. A survey was conducted all over Kerala. Out of school survey aimed at ensuring total enrolment and to eliminate drop out. It could ensure the co-operation and support of electoral representative and the public.

    objectives

  • To make the district drop out free.
  • To ensure the enrollment of all dropout in the schools.
  • To ensure admission in hostels those who are far away from schools.
  • To make sure the children from north eastern states also bear in their vernacular languages.
  • To empower the educational volunteers to make teaching process more effective.
  • To cater the linguistic issues in migrants and tribes.
  • To integrate newly enrolled children with classroom situations.
  • To synchronize the age appropriate group to the concerned classes.
  • To organize and carryout bridge courses to naturally integrate the marginalized community to the teaching learning process.
  • To ensure continuous retention of children from extremely backward situations.
  • To provide ample support to the parents from being overburdened.
  • Mainstreaming Out of School and tribal Children in Kerala

    In Kerala, one can trace out of school children in two categories; 1. Migrant and 2. Tribal.

    Migrant laborers from other Indian states have become and important and integrated part of Kerala society. West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are some of the major areas from where these people come. A lot of migrant laborers also come with their families including children. In India, enrolment, retention and learning outcomes of children of migrants continue to be a major challenge for SSK. Ernakulam, Idukki and Wayanad are the districts in Kerala with the largest number of out of school children. Out of these, Ernakulam and Idukki have pockets with large concentration of migrant families with children. Making sure that no child is left behind and the ensuring quality learning outcomes for these children in a multi-cultural environment is the challenge SSK is committed to address in Kerala.

    Most of the tribes in Kerala are living under extreme geographical conditions. Due to these hindrances, it is hard to ensure enrolment retention and quality in those sectors. There are a lot of tribe groups in Kerala in almost all the districts in Kerala. The mainstreaming is becoming hard because of geographical, cultural and financial crisis.

    Transport and Escort Facilities.

    Introduction:

    Educationally backward Tribal population and migrant labour populations are reasonably high in Kerala. Most of the out of school children traced out are under extreme geographically unserved habitations. These habitations are with sparse population, so to open a new school in these habitations is uneconomic and non-profitable or cost effective. To ensure free and compulsory education as per RTE for the children in these habitations, we must provide sufficient transportation facility or hostel facilities in the neighborhood schools. Here the children have to travel a very long distance though dense forest, animal threats and lonely large plantations.