Aide et Action International aims at ensuring empowerment among the marginalised communities to sustain quality education for children and livelihood training for women and men.
NEED FOR INTERVENTION
Around 3,000 Paliyar families are scattered all over Western Ghats, in search of their lost identity, livelihood resources, healthy food habits, rich traditional heritage, access to herbal medicines and minor forest produce. They are forced to live on the plains, reduced to the level of plantation workers or agricultural coolies on their ancestral land. Tribal communities live mostly in scattered pockets in the Kodai hills. Similarly, the Dalits are working as agricultural labourers, construction workers and wage labourers in the brick-making units. The dropout rate is 6.48 % in the Palani block and 9.45 % in the Kodai block. Most of the villages in the Palani and Kodai blocks are very remote and facilities such as education, healthcare, electricity, transport, road and other government services are lacking. This results in poor enrollment, poor retention and a high dropout as the major problems pertaining to school education. In the Dindugul district, where the number of Children With Disabilities (CWDs) is the highest in Tamil Nadu, the community is not aware of the disability issues. The government failed to address the issues of disability due to the reduced manpower available for them (Technical & Non Technical Knowledge).
Aide et Action International’s intervention strengthened the functions of government schools through community participation and through the involvement and sensitisation of parents and other community-based organistions on the importance of education for all and increased the enrollment rate of CWDs in the last seven years.
The project covers 21villages, 14,807 people, 4,822 scheduled caste (SC-Dalits) and 1,626 scheduled tribes in the Dindugul district of Tamil Nadu. The project is implemented with the following specific objectives:
• To sensitize the communities to participate and contribute towards the sustainable education development in each school and ensuring quality education to all children by providing added-value and life-oriented education
• To identify other learning spaces and link them with formal schools and creating a convenient school atmosphere for 100 per cent enrollment and retention
• To create a child-friendly and convenient environment to study in, accessible to all children
• To identify excluded Children With Disabilities (CWD) and out-of- school children and bring them into the fold of education
• To form community-based organisations (CBOs) for youths, women and farmers and build the capacity of youths for ensuring sustainable livelihood avenues
Main actives carried out under this projects are:
• Strengthening and capacity building of the CBOs such as the Village Education Development Committee (VEDC) or the self-help groups (SHGs) to involve them in social issues and development of their community.
• Improving the competency level of the children through Back 2 Basics (B2B) activities
• Networking and interfacing with the government and other agencies to promote sustainable development and world citizenship
• Mainstreaming the CWDs into school and creating a disabled-friendly atmosphere in all government schools.
• Formation of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) groups and strengthening towards sustainable development.
The project aims to achieve the following outcome:
• Ensure 100 % school enrollment as per Anganwadi statistics through school enrollment campaigns.
• Leadership and communication skills will be improved and will build strong relationships among children. The opportunity will be provided to increase their level of confidence through strengthening the Children’s Cabinet.
• Increased participation of the community to increase the quality of education for their children will be ensured by forming a Village Education Committee.
• CDWs will be identified and integrated into mainstreamed schools. • PWDs will be identified and ensured available benefits and entitlements.
• Social, economical and political empowerment of women is ensured.