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Sanjyogi Siksha Kendra (SSK)

Sanjogi Siksha Kendra is an innovative effort of SSA, Assam to bring in the OSC of 7- 14 years age to the centre and bridge their learning needs in limited time frame. The programme was first implemented in Assam in December, 2005.

For bringing the out of school children into school SSA in Assam has been implementing  different strategies in rural areas. Under AIE, following  major activities has been implemented for different target groups:

1.      Sanjogi Siksha Kendra

2.      Work site Sanjogi Siksha Kendra

3.      Community Coaching Programme

4.      Residential Bridge Course

5.      Support to religious Madrassa

6.      Upper Primary Bridge Course

Through Sanjogi Siksha Kendra, SSA Assam has been covering 2,66,722 children continuing from April, 2008 in 10,975 SSKs & WSSKs. Budget has been provided for 116700 children for continuance and 205705 children for covering afresh through SSK & CCP.  3,12,413 children have been covered through SSKs  among them 177,236 have been mainstreamed into formal school.

Mainstreaming from Sanjogi Siksha Kendra: 

Basic objective of opening Sanjogi Siksha Kendra ( SSK)  are to initially  enroll the out of school children in the centre  and after completing the bridge course mainstreaming of the children into formal school .  The SSKs centres started mainstreaming children in formal school since November, 2006.  

The mainstreaming of children was initially slow due to  different reasons. The District Quality Managers were engaged in September, 2006 for exclusive monitoring of these centres. The Centres have been provided all required materials like Bridge Materials, Evaluation Workbook, Activity Chart , exercise book, pencil, slates, school bag   along with other supporting materials like blackboard, sitting mat, carom board  filter, bucket    radio set, trunk  etc. in 2007-08.  

In 2008-09, SSA has emphasized  mainstreaming children in formal school from the existing SSKs.  With intensive monitoring and follow up action during 2008-09 , SSA has been successful in increasing the rate of mainstreaming than previous years.  The number of children mainstreamed has  increased from  32,077 and 68,281 in last two preceding years to 1,77,236 this year .

District wise Mainstreaming Status :

District

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Barpeta

1715

5054

12595

Bongaigaon

97

682

5090

Cachar

1753

1109

3335

Darrang

649

4244

10241

Dhemaji

944

1255

5221

Dhubri

6221

12061

26090

Dibrugarh

831

2052

3907

Goalpara

215

1296

3984

Golaghat

1231

3175

6037

Hailakandi

1366

1913

4031

Jorhat

270

1446

3748

Kamrup

631

1550

6143

Karbi-Anglong

1421

3606

10334

Karimganj

967

2746

6399

Kokrajhar

155

994

4330

Lakhimpur

1843

4199

9505

Morigaon

1734

2640

7592

Nagaon

1514

5539

20984

Nalbari

2118

2432

5050

NC Hills

273

141

307

Sivasagar

1232

1678

4934

Sonitpur

3507

3287

7043

Tinsukia

1390

5182

10336

Total

32077

68281

177236


The following major activities were taken up:

Summer Camp :

Summer camp was organized to motivate the mainstreamed children of SSK  in July , 2008 during summer vacation.  The main objective of summer camp was to help in retaining the mainstreamed children in school.  A  Resource Person Training was conducted  at State Mission Office with the DQMs from all districts. The DQM have trained the SKs about the activities to be undertaken in the 18 day summer camp programme. The activities included a set of motivational activities, one meeting with guardian etc.  The children were provided a set of TLMs and the school  were provided  some other  materials for the camp.

 Worksite Sanjogi Siksha Kendra:       

342 Worksite SSK have been continued from 2007-08 covering 11075 migrated children in brick kilns. The children have returned to their native village along with their parents during April- June, 2008. The children were provided with a migration certificate. The parents/guardian was sensitized so that the children are mainstreamed in the formal school/SSK/EGS of their native village.

Child Tracking Programme :  

The child tacking programme were implemented to track the children returned after migration.  A state level workshop was held to discus the strategies for tracking the children returned after migration. The receiving area districts have shared their list of children enrolled in their WSSK with the sending area districts. A team was formed with the DQM & SKs to find the listed children returning from migration.

Another batch of 165 number of WSSK have been opened to cover 6615 children in brick kilns of different districts this year in Sept- December ,2008.  

 Community Coaching Programme [CCP]:

Through Community Coaching Programme the OSC scattered in habitations are covered .The Community Coaching Programme was first started functioning from March, 2006 in 280 villages covering 3872 children.  This year 12337 children have been covered in 883 CCP centres continuing from 2007-08. All these centres closed after mainstreaming their children in November, 2008. 

Another batch of 201 number of CCP opened this year covering 3583 children.

Display of Banner and distribution of Leaflets: 

Multicolour leaflets and flex banner are printed and distributed in Assamese, Bengali &  Bodo language on the issues of education of child labour.   

Slide Show in Mobile Theatre: 

A publicity campaign on the issues of education of child labour has been implemented by organising slide show in six prominent Mobile Theatres viz. Kohinoor theatre, Awahan Theatre, Bhagyadevi Theatre, Bordoichila Theatre, Devaraj Theatre, Chitralekha Theatre. The content of the multimedia presentation have been developed and the DMO, Barpeta finally have arranged the contract with the Theatre   from October 2008 onwards. There will be shows all over Assam in almost all days by the six theatres till late April, 2009 displaying the 30 second presentation just before starting of the play. Each show covers 1500-3000 audiences on daily basis. 

Debating   Competition on Child labour issues:

A district level debating competition have been organized among all colleges/ HS schools covering the participants from Class- IX to Post Graduate level on the theme of UEE & Child labour. All districts have completed the competition. 

Radio Reach Out “Sanjog”: 

A radio programme called “Sanjog” have been prepared and broadcast for reaching out to the   out of school Children, children already enrolled in AIE centres. The radio is used as a tool of communication with the field workers and children   through distance mode without transmission loss.  The programme also has a objective of providing direct resource support to the field workers (Siksha Karmis  & Distrit Quality Managers).   The programme was launched from November 27th,. The Assamese programme is being broadcast on every Tuesday 7-30 am & Thursday 12 -15 pm through All India Radio Guwahati & Dibrugarh.  The Tuesday programme is targeted for the Siksha Karmi and other field level functionaries along with the Mass audience where as the Thursday programme is specially designed for children of AIE ntres.  

The Bengali & Bodo programme  are broadcast through AIR, Silchar & Kokrajhar respectively.  

Workshop for Review of Bridge Materials and development of handbook and other materials: 

The existing  bridge materials  have been revised  in a six day  workshop held in September , 2008 .Some printed  materials like diary of SK, competency chart , Handbook of Siksha karmi are developed  in the workshop.    

Support to Religious Madrassa :   

There are a large number of religious madrassa functioning in Assam. These institutions impart religious education to the children of Muslim Community. The core curriculum of these institutions is purely religious and main aim is to create a group of religious priest/scholar from amongst the students. 

These Madrassas cover a sizeable number of children of below 14 years age and most of them are not getting any input of formal education as such. To bring this group of children into the purview of formal education, SSA, Assam has taken up steps to establish a partnership with this institution so that some kind of support can be given facilitating introduction of the subjects of formal education in the already existing set up. For this programme the religious madrassa having children of 5-14 years age enrolled have to be separately identified for initiation of the programme. 

Already the   districts have operationalised the programme since September, 2008 covering 13370 children in 243 religious madrassa.  

Upper Primary Bridge Course: 

It has been observed that a large number of children drop out from  Upper Primary ( Class V, VI & VII) classes due to different reasons. Some children even could not get admitted in the UP School after completion of LP (i.e. Class IV) classes. For bringing this section of children back into the UP School a non residential bridge course of nine months duration was planned   in the UP School itself for re-enrolment of recent drop outs in the UP school.  The  high drop out occurring Upper Primary School are being  identified and the drop out children from that particular school,  particularly the recent drop outs  will be targeted under this intervention.  The total coverage including the tentative coverage to be achieved by March, 2009 will 27460 children in 1094 centres.