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  Ratanmani Vidyalay : a Residential Primary School for
Tribal Children in Remote Inaccessible Area of Tripura
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Ratanmani Vidyalay is a model project for promotion of primary education of the tribal children in remote hilly area of Tripura. This year this project received support for 100 hostel children from State Tribal Welfare Department and for another 100 children from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust,Mumbai .The project was started as a part of KHOJ project has been working in Rupaichari Block of South Tripura District for last 19 years. Some important features of the project are –

In 2012, 300 children from various panchayats of Rupaichari Block under the Tribal Area Autonomous District Council admitted in Ratanmani Vidyalay and 200 children were accommodated in the hostel. Almost all the children passed from their respective classes and promoted to the next upper classes.

In January 2013, 304 children from various panchayats of Rupaichari Block were admitted in the school. The present statistics of the students is given below :-

 
Class Male students Female students Day Scholar Staying in hostel Total students
I
21
29
23
27
50
II
37
33
08
62
70
III
24
41
20
45
65
IV
25
32
26
31
57
V
31
31
25
37
62
Total
138
166
102
202
304
 

The human resource of the project was competent for catalyzing the formal education as well as extra curricular activities for development of the children.

The project has been playing effective role in promoting primary education, sports and cultural activities, environmental orientation , health and hygiene awareness, plant and animal caring.

Although the project continues to have some constraints due to its operation in inaccessible area, yet it created lot of enthusiasm in the community. Active community participation in the school and hostel decision making bodies reflects the effectiveness and relevance of the project.

All the teachers are residential and giving extra effort to improve the quality of the Education.

The average monthly attendance of the student during the year was as follows :
.... Class-I : 93% , Class-II : 91%, Class-III : 89%
.... Class-IV : 91% , Class-V : 92%

Education in the school
There are nine full time and two part time teachers, of which three were female and eight are male teachers.
The formal education is based on the curriculum of the Tripura Board of Secondary Education and the books are supplied by the state government education department under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).
The school as well as the hostel students get life skill training, viz, tailoring ,environment education, animal rearing and plant nursery.
The students from class I to Class V standard get health education class once in a week on prevention and control of diarrhoea, fever management and first aid. They also learn some song in local language on diarrhoea and malaria control (the area is endemic to both these diseases)
The students of class IV & V are getting exposure to the basics of computer education.

Cultural Education
The students are regularly practicing the folk songs and dances under trained teacher. They participate in the different cultural functions of the school and community and also in government programs in Block & Sub-Divisional level.

Sports
All the students participate in the sports events after the class hour. The teachers guide them for different games.
Last Annual Sports was organized on 7th April, 2012. The parents were also participated in the sports.

Capacity Building of the Teachers
This year Four teachers have undergone the Vocational Training on Certificate Course on Early Childhood Care and Education under National Initiative of Open Schooling (NIOS), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (Voluntary Health Association of Tripura is the state Coordinator of the NIOS for running the Vocational studies in Tripura).
Five Teachers were sent to Vikrashila and Loreto Day School in Kolkata for exposure as per advice from Dr.Amina Charania from Sir Dorabji Tata Trust, Mumbai, who came for monitoring of the project activities.

Yearly Monitoring and Evaluation
It was done by the VHAT Monitoring and Evaluation Committee with Executive Director. This monitoring was extremely necessary to keep the project on track and to full fill the targeted activities.

Impact
The project has created enthusiasm in the poor and less illiterate tribal population of the area. The active participation of the people in changing their attitude to education, health and environment is the major impact of the project. The poor people of this inaccessible hilly area are demanding more hostel accommodation for their children.The project has gained sufficient popularity and acceptance among the tribal population. So, it may be termed as the successful replicable model for development of primary education in the hilly areas of the North-East India.

 

 

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