Why Taleemi Caravan
|Education is power and power transforms a society. We believe that significant change in society can come through education in general and girl’s education in particular. In impoverished communities, girls go on to become mothers much too soon, burdened with responsibilities of raising the next generation, with limited knowledge and minimal support... and the cycle repeats. To break this vicious cycle, Taleemi Caravan is needed. Bahraich district has one of the lowest literacy rates in the country and is a home to largest number of marginalized communities. In Bahraich and neighboring district Sravasti the Muslim Women's literacy rate is lowest in the country. The Chittora and Risia block of the district record only 16 percent literacy rate among Muslim women followed by 23 percent among Dalit women. Taleemi Caravan, a people’s movement for realization of the Right to Education in Bahraich district of Uttar Pradesh aims to educate and encourage parents to enroll their children in school with particular focus on girl children. We believe it will lead to better enrollment of Muslim and Dalit girls along with other marginalized communities.
Who we are
The Taleemi Caravan is a not-for-profit
people’s movement funded and supported by individual community members
and aspires to use local resources for improvement in education and
overall community development.
Beginning of a momentum
| Starting in June 2010 covering 100
villages of 2 blocks, Taleemi Caravan will start to engage the community
in a way that they understand that education for their children is a
necessity for better future, and not a matter of option that can be
taken lightly. We felt that at the grass root level, with no resources,
the only way for us to meaningfully help is to involve local people
who are committed to this effort. It is aimed that the movement will be
covered by the local print media and will be digitally documented. A
minimum of 2 signboards/banners will be posted in public places in each
village. It will provide detailed information, explanations of right
to education and entitlements, and directions for posting complaints to
education and other government departments. Initial planning meetings
with village community members and discussions with local governments
and other stakeholders through Taleemi Caravan have already been held
in all villages. Input from marginalized/disadvantaged groups (e.g.
women, religious minorities, Dalits and physically challenged) have
been solicited. The program will also be discussed through community
The project has a strong social focus.
Community based planning and management build local preferences into the
core fabric of the program, and the project’s transparency and
management formats are designed to promote transparency and ease of use
for villagers. The cultural component of the project is designed to
involve traditional leadership and to incorporate local values into the
Raise awareness about importance of
education, school enrollment procedure, and various government schemes
for women and community development.
Monitoring and Evaluation
||The project has a comprehensive monitoring system that uses a
Management Information System to track progress against
planning and reports will be updated monthly.
||The project will be monitored by
independent NGOs and journalists.
|| The project will be supervised
by the Taleemi Caravan coordination committee and partners.
The audit will be carried out by and
acceptable auditor every year using an expanded audit sample. The annual
audit reports will be furnished to the partner organizations no later
than six months after the end of the financial year. Project financial
monitoring will be undertaken in two ways: internal monitoring and
external monitoring. The project is supervised by an overall technical
coordinator/trainer that will ensure that proper spatial planning
criteria are met.
Cost and funding