Development Program(VDP)

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The Twelve (Tribal) Village Development Program – Jhagadia and Valia

Jhagadia Industries Association and Rotary Club of Ankleshwar in consultation with Collector of Bharuch, put education as an important area to work on, for optimum growth. With Pratham as a partner in the program, on July 3, 2013, Collector Bharuch launched the program at VatariaPrimary school, Valia , for 12 villages in Valia and Jhagadia blocks of Ankleshwar.

According to ASER 20131 only 67.4% of children in Std. 3 in government schools in India cannot read a Std 1 level text. 58.9% of Std. 5 children cannot read a Std. 2 level text. State governments have noticed these alarming observations and, as directed by the Planning Commission’s Twelfth Five Plan, are taking the initiative to focus on learning level improvement. Without being able to read, a child cannot make progress in the education system – taking this as a goal to work, JIA set up the Village Development program.

A team of enthusiastic members from JIA and Rotary have kept the interest alive by seeking weekly updates on the program activity, monthly meetings for understanding the activities and tracking.

Program progress have been examples of active engagement , which has encouraged the Pratham team and the participating schools and community.

VDP Annual Report - 2014-15
VDP Annual Report - 2015-16

Science Program:

The main objective of the science program is to stimulate scientific curiosity amongst the upper primary / middle school children (Std. VI – VIII). For achieving this,we establish science club in schools, conduct activity based science workshops and organize science fairs for the children.

The program model is to support Std. VI – VIII middle schools for introducing ‘Learn by Doing’ approach to understand basic scientific fundamentals.

In Gujarat – Palanpur - Banaskantha; Jhagadia- Bharuch and MandviMundra – Kutch has science programs that help students understand basic concepts in Science. The program also helps students get over a fear of the Science subject.