GSK-Uday Pathshala

The organization will establish three model schools (Uday Pathshala) with objectives of setting standards for education. These education centers will be owned by the community. It is expected that once a certain quality is provided and observed and perceived by the community it will demand a similar level of quality from the other educational facilities in the area - especially government facilities. It is expected that with this understanding people will generate political pressure for improvement in government schools. In the case of private schools it will perhaps be easier as they would then be expected to provide that quality in order to stay in business.

These schools will also create models of alternative ownership of schools, which till date are known to be owned either by government or private entrepreneurs. The community finds itself stuck between the two worst options: a school that does not work and a school that is not accountable.

Any community if it has and feels the ownership will be concerned about the quality of the school and the education that it is providing. It is expected that over time seeing the benefit in having community schools, the government would be able to convert some of its schools into community owned and managed schools.

A quality school is something that the community is conscious of. And the presence of such a school is primary to ensure that the communities seek quality in other schools. The project aims to have a concerted approach on bringing about the consciousness in the community to levels where they begin demanding change and the presence of the school will ensure that the change that the communities demand is sustained.

The success of this project is not in making the schools that are set up run effectively but in bringing a change in the way the other schools in the area operate.

The government has been trying to improve the education system of the state for long. Their first priority was in ensuring "reach" to education by any means and which they did by setting up rather sub-standard schools. This led to a crisis of quality, which the government is still not in a position to address. There is an assumption that improved quality implies better infrastructure.

The project aims to address this issue of quality squarely and provide an option that is easily adaptable and implement-able in the government school sphere. The first element is in developing a truly community led and owned school. A school where the community has a major say in deciding what is taught and where the children do not get alienated from the rural area as a result of education.

Education and its relevance have been debated long enough; through this approach we would like to provide it a solid grounding to this approach in practice. We would like to be able to link education with the rural (rather than the urban) economy.

Purpose / Goals

Setting Standards of quality in school education
Establishing model of community owned school
Evolving pedagogy and curriculum for relevant education

Mission Statement

The project will over a ten-year period set up three high quality learning-centres and schools in the Sawai Madhopur and Khandar blocks of Sawai Madhopur district. This will help communities see and learn what quality in education actually means. In addition, through a community outreach programme, encourages them to demand better quality of education from the existing governmental school system and the private sector. We will also design, develop and implement a curriculum and evolve a pedagogy which makes education more relevant to people's lives in the rural areas and gives them the information necessary to take informed decisions and make informed choices about their livelihoods and their future.