PRAYOG, Ground Floor, 'Prerana' Niwas, Urja Nagar, Khagaul Road, Danapur, Patna - 801503 contact@prayog.org.in +91 98017 64664

What Makes Us Dream And Work Hard?

What Makes Us Dream And Work Hard?

Prayog’s journey started on June 15th, 2013 and every single day has has been extremely exciting towards bringing new dimensions towards the needs of the children living in the villages. From five children of one village, we are now reaching out to more than five hundred children from 12 villages. From traditional form of learning, we are now engaged in digital form of learning for the kids who have just started their education. And 80% of these services is availed by the ‘poorest’ and voiceless section of the society. These are the children of people who do not own resources, land etc and for whom education is not a solution but only reaching out to schools for something is there for free. They even do not know what all are available for free. Someone aptly said that they are the ‘first generation learners’ and we are proud that we are able to raise curiosity and excitement with each passing day.What makes us dream and work hard are a set of activities that we have been able to do in this brief period of two years, these are mentioned below:

1. Community Library and associated works:
  • Established at a community site, has more than 500 members
  • Collection of more than 1000 books
  • Daily English and Hindi newspapers
  • Monthly magazines
  • A librarian to take care of library
  • Exposure visits
 
First Day of the Community Library and PRAYOG – June 15th, 2013
Student Volunteers Conducting Classes

  
Our model was documented and case study covered in a book released during the 1st India Public Library Conference in New Delhi (March 2015) organized by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation http://iplc.in/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/BP-Book-2015.pdf(see page 15)
1st Exposure Visit October 2013 – Children from Prayog at a week long SPIC MACAY event at Parivartan, Siwan
Second exposure visit to Jalpaiguri in West Bengal
Third exposure visit involved 110 children visiting birthplace of Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Parivartan at Siwan
Third exposure visit involved 110 children visiting birthplace of Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Parivartan at Siwan
 2. Solar lamp initiative

Owing to the irregular supply of electricity, we provided solar study lamps to 200 children during October to December, 2014. We achieved this target and due credits to MILAAP, where we successfully crowd funded for this initiative. A survey was conducted in January 2015 and the results were extremely positive:
       The reach of solar lamps was 4 times and more than 800 children were actually benefitting
       There was an increase in study duration by 2 hours amongst children
Raj can now study without their parents scolding to light up a kerosene lamp!
The 199 children can now study without their parents scolding to light up a kerosene lamp!
3. Curious Learning – a model of self learning
In association with Prajnopaya Foundation, we are implementing a unique model of self learning to inculcate early education to kids between 3-8 years of age through games and modules loaded in tablets.
100 children were identified from 2 villages based on the poor provisions of education: identifying criteria was a balance in gender, maximum number of children belonging to lowest socio economic strata and who cannot have access to the best education facilities. The roll out has already started in June 2015 with 50 tablets and 50 more to start by year end.

We believe in orienting the rural youth and have trained and engaged 3 rural youth facilitators to lead the programme implementation.

Excitement for kids – enabling them with gadgets with a purpose!
Excitement for kids – enabling them with gadgets with a purpose!
4. Creating forward linkages
We are establishing linkages with other institutions and were successful to admit 12 girls between Class 6 – 9th to a unique education initiative of the biggest eye hospital of eastern India, located at Saran district of Bihar. These girls would be trained to become professional footballers from Day 1 and move on to pursue a degree in Optometry that would ensure their future with job when they pass out. More than this, they would emerge out as an empowered woman and becoming role model for village girls who lack confidence and resources to move higher up the ladder.
Share

3 Comments on “What Makes Us Dream And Work Hard?

  1. India really needs such progressive mindset as PRAYOG's specially in today's time.This endeavour brings such a wonderful hope to empower not just the girls but others as well through this unique and exciting educational initiative. It's done quite remarkable so far. Wish you the best for all the new activities and programmes.Stay blessed.

  2. Hello… great work in a state like Bihar.. Kudos to you and your team …. Kindly share your contact number so that the expansion of the idea can be thought of … Thanks … A quick reply would be really appreciated

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *