FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's::

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

  1. Who owns the school legally? Is it the organization, a board of trustees or an individual? Please provide details.
  2. What is the literacy rate in your local community? Please give a breakdown between boys and girls if possible.
  3. Describe the socio-economic background of the children and their parents (e.g. education, occupational). If any of your students are employed, please tell us about that as well.
  4. What are the admission criteria for the students to join your school? Have you ever turned away students? If so, why? How many children attend your school currently? How many teachers do you have? How many full time students? How many part time teachers? How much are the fees? Is there an admission fee or a one-time fee? Do you have parent-teacher meetings?
  5. In addition to education, does your group provide any other services to the children in your schools (e.g. food, health care, clothing, etc.)?
  6. What is the age group of the children currently enrolled in your school(s)?
  7. Average distance the children travel to attend your school?
  8. What sources fund your group's activities at present? List the sources and the current and future funding from each of them. If these funds are meant for a specific part of your group's activities, please describe those restrictions.
  9. Do you try to involve the parents of the children in the running of the school (e.g. in setting the syllabus etc.)? Please specify.

  1. Who owns the school legally? Is it the organization, a board of trustees or an individual? Please provide details.

    All the schools, except the Saraswati Shishu Mandir, are owned and managed by the state govt.

  2. What is the literacy rate in your local community? Please give a breakdown between boys and girls if possible.

    The literacy rate is: boys - ~84% and girls - ~60%.

  3. Describe the socio-economic background of the children and their parents (e.g. education, occupational). If any of your students are employed, please tell us about that as well.

    Agriculture is the primary occupation in the region. Most people work in their own hill terraces or on the lands of the local landlords as day laborers. The literacy rate among adults is low. In one school, only 4 out of ~50 parents had cleared their High School Examinations. Some people are employed in low-paying jobs (like peons, guards etc.) in govt. offices, banks, or the local offices of different organizations. Overall, it can be said that most parents have not completed their high school studies.

  4. What are the admission criteria for the students to join your school? Have you ever turned away students? If so, why? How many children attend your school currently? How many teachers do you have? How many full time students? How many part time teachers? How much are the fees? Is there an admission fee or a one-time fee? Do you have parent-teacher meetings?

    Any child who is physically fit and able to attend a govt. school is admitted. No child has been denied admission. The number of students and teachers is given bellow. The number of additional teachers to be appointed, as per the project proposal, has also been provided.

    The Village Education Committee is the parent-teacher body that is expected to oversee the performance of the school. Most of these bodies existed in name only. The Savidya Upasamiti has taken efforts to revive these groups. These bodies have now become more active and interact and monitor the schools more regularly and thoroughly.

  5. In addition to education, does your group provide any other services to the
    children in your schools (e.g. food, health care, clothing, etc.)?

    Since 2005, when the Savidya Upasamiti project has been launched, the SU has provided the children in the SU-supported schools with the following:

    • 1 (or 2) set(s) of school uniforms, including shoes and socks
    • Study kits (school bag, books, pencils, notebooks etc)
    • Umbrellas and raincoats (in 2006-07)
    • Physical checkup at the health camps organized specifically for this purpose
    • Vaccination, such as Hepatitis-B vaccines, where appropriate
    • Calcium and Liv-52 tablets, given to the children everyday after the mid-day meal

    At the schools supported by the project, Savidya has provided computer facilities and educational CDs. In some schools, the project has provided tables and chairs for the students. At Kulethi, the library has been stocked with ~1200 books. The Science Resource Center at Kulethi has been stocked with 125 science experiment kits, and numerous scientific charts and models.

  6. What is the age group of the children currently enrolled in your school(s)?

    Primary school: ages 6 - 11

    Middle school: ages 12 - 14

  7. Average distance the children travel to attend your school?

    Between 1km - 4km.

  8. What sources fund your group's activities at present? List the sources and the current and future funding from each of them. If these funds are meant for a specific part of your group's activities, please describe those restrictions.

    The Savidya Upasamiti has two major sources of funding - Asha for Education and individual / private donations. Since 2005-06, SU has received grants from the Silicon Valley (2005-08) and Stanford (2005-06) chapters of Asha. Till date, it has received $67,934 from Asha.

    In 2004, a corpus fund of Rs. 200,000 was established to launch Savidya's activities in Champawat. This money was also used to distribute sweaters to 61 children in 10 schools in Haldwani. In addition, Prof. HD Bist and his family members and friends have donated to the Savidya Rupee Fund, which has been used to organize health camps in Haldwani, Champawat and Pithrogarh. 15 eye camps have been organized till date, and over 600 cataract operations have been successfully performed in Champawat, Pithrogarh, Nainital and BeniNag districts. A regular donor to Savidya, Mr. RC Pant, has created the Giribala Pant (merit-cum-need) Scholarships to help high school students. Last year, 21 students received Rs. 1000 as part of the scheme. In addition, the SU has teamed up with the Foundation For Excellence to provide merit-cum-need scholarships for children who wish for their university education. The SU acts as facilitators for FFE and helps to select the children for this purpose.

  9. Do you try to involve the parents of the children in the running of the school (e.g. in setting the syllabus etc.)? Please specify.

    The parents of the children are involved, as part of the Village Education Committee, in monitoring the schools that are supported by the project. In conjunction with Savidya's volunteers, the parents ensure that the teachers' attendance and teaching quality are satisfactory. Parent-teacher meetings are organized more frequently in the schools. Parents, and members of the local community, have started to get more involved in the activities in the schools. For example, on 11 June 2006, the parents participated in a Shrama-daan at the Kulethi school to build a boundary wall around the school premises. Parents and guardians are now required to attend all public functions organized by Savidya and encourage their children.

 

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Vocational Training

For the students to develop interest in vocational fields. We are targeting youths also who have some level of education and can be trained to earn their living.

 

Scholarships

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Free Health Camps

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