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“If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.” – Kuan Chung

The education programme is being implemented in Okhamandal Taluka of DevBhoomi Dwarka district. This district lags behind the other coastal districts in literacy indicators. The education level in the district has been traditionally low because of dominance of first-generation learners, low female literacy and poor school-community connect.

CSPC initiated the education programme in 2015 to improve quality of education provided a tAnganwadis through Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) component, and reducing learning deficits among children aged 7-14 through the Primary Education Component. The programme reached out to approximately 1400 children aged 3-6 years and 3200 children aged 7-14 years of age. The key achievements of Phase I which concluded in the year 2019 of the were; a) 70% students developed foundational skills in literacy and numeracy b) 50% students in upper primary demonstrated improvement in Maths and Science, and c) Children in Anganwadis demonstrating improvement in 5 school readiness indicators.

In the second phase which started in September 2019, the programme has been expanded to cover all the 87 government primary schools in Okhamandal Taluka. In addition to reducing learning deficits, the programme design focusses upon engagement with school teachers and headmasters to provide an enabling environment for delivery of quality education.  The programme also engages with parents and community to sensitise them upon the importance of quality education.