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What we do

Partnership with WEIF (www.weif.org)

The GVET – WEIF partnership began in March 2010 with the following focus areas:

  • Expanding access to quality education for underprivileged children
  • Improvement in child health
  • Capacity building in gender
  • GVET’s sustainability, and
  • Strengthening Nareshwadi’s capacity for effective programming.

Expanding access to quality education for underprivileged children

As its first intervention, WEIF supported the construction of a dedicated classroom for the 9th grade. providing more space for the children. WEIF also supported the installation of a small generator for the general hostel building accommodating the girls’ and the boys’ residences, the kitchen and dining halls as there is daily power outage and the installation of hot water boilers for the children’s baths.

For 2012-13 WEIF provided sponsorships for higher education. One of the girls from Divshi, whose parents are migrant construction labour, is doing her first year engineering in electronics in Mumbai. The child who designed NLC’s logo, an orphan, is completed his diploma with WEIF’s support.

Improvement in child health

WEIF provided funding to start the school dairy with 5 cows.

Capacity building in gender sensitivity

GVET integrates gender in its programming through building the capacity of teachers in gender sensitive approaches. Two teachers, one female and one male, were deputed for a month’s intensive training in gender and development at Visthar (www.visthar.org) in June 2011. They in turn conducted workshops for NLC’s teachers and staff and village school teachers, to develop a gender sensitive approach to teaching.

GVET’s sustainability

WEIF has been engaged with GVET to build its capacity to generate revenues to meet some of its operational budget. As a start, a pilot project of 10 bee boxes were installed in the school farm. The pilot apiary project did well generating excellent quality honey in the first year. However, the bee colonies disappeared and it is said that the proliferation of mobile towers in the region caused this.

Strengthening NLC’s admin capacity

Long hours of power outage creates disruption in day to day functioning. NLC staff were unable to complete their work on time. WEIF provided inverters to the accounts and admin office, the school office and teachers room which has enabled work to be completed on time.

The Lush Project

WEIF obtained funding for GVET’s Village Improvement Programme in Village Ghadne 6 km from Nareshwadi.  In July 2013,102  women farmers of 3 padas participated in this programme cultivating vegetables and mogra plantation. This led to improved family incomes, curbed migration and increased school enrolment as mothers worked from home.

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Gender Training

GVET organized a half day gender sensitization workshop at Visthar, Bangalore, on December 2nd 2012 and December 2013 for its teachers and staff. The workshop was coordinated by Mercy Kappen and Laxmi and was supported by CIDA and WEIF.

Training by RIVER (Rishi Valley Institute of Educational Resources)

All teachers, vocational instructors, house-parents, community outreach staff and project assistants of school farm, dairy, health centre as well as the school cook participated in a week long training in December 2012 and for some teachers in 2013 at RIVER.

Training was arranged for all participants by RIVER in activitiy and project based teaching-learning methodologies, vegetable cultivation and community healthcare. Sessions began at 9 am and ended at 9 pm everyday. Participants worked in pairs to document lessons learnt on a daily basis. Based on this a road map for quality improvement has been prepared by each group.

The training was supported by CIDA and WEIF.

Training in Nonviolent Comunication

Patricia conducted a 2-day training in Nonviolent Communication for NLC teachers and staff in April 2014. The 33 participants worked in groups to create empathetic approaches in teaching-learning for enhanced student engagement. 

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Village Improvement Programme

The Women Farmers of Divshi and Gadchincla

The Group Gram Panchayat of Divshi and Gadchincla (D & Gd) is 45 km from the Nareshwadi Learning (NLC) Centre. Almost a 100 children from D & Gd live and learn at NLC due to lack of adequate educational facilities. In 2010 NLC initiated a resource mapping workshop with the children from D & Gd as part of a student project followed by a needs assessment.

As an outcome of this workshop GVET started its Village Improvement Programme (VIP) in 2012, supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Woman’s Empowerment International Foundation (WEIF), Canada. The focus was to curb family migration through the promotion of income generating activities for an initial cohort of 212 women across 12 padas. Curbing migration is a major focus of GVET to allow children to stay home with their mothers so they can go to school. The VIP is designed to address short, medium and long term livelihood needs through vegetable cultivation, floriculture and mango plantation. No woman has left the village in search of work.

In 2014 GVET added another 200 women to the VIP supported by WEIF with the first cohort of women now formed into Self Help Groups (SHGs). About 150 women have planted mogra and have just started harvesting it. More women are participating in mogra and mango plantation this year. In addition, earnings from the sale of vegetables and marigold, planted to meet market demands during the festivals of Dassera and Divali, will be channelized as savings for future needs.

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Gender Training

GVET organized a half day gender sensitization workshop at Visthar, Bangalore, on December 2nd 2012 for its teachers and staff.

The workshop was coordinated by Mercy Kappen and Laxmi and was supported by CIDA and WEIF.

Village Improvement Programme

The Women Farmers of Divshi and Gadchincla

The Group Gram Panchayat of Divshi and Gadchincla (D & Gd) is 45 km from the Nareshwadi Learning (NLC) Centre. Almost a 100 children from D & Gd live and learn at NLC due to lack of adequate educational facilities. In 2010 NLC initiated a resource mapping workshop with the children from D & Gd as part of a student project followed by a needs assessment.

As an outcome of this workshop GVET started its Village Improvement Programme (VIP) in 2012, supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Woman’s Empowerment International Foundation (WEIF), Canada. The focus was to curb family migration through the promotion of income generating activities for an initial cohort of 212 women across 12 padas. Curbing migration is a major focus of GVET to allow children to stay home with their mothers so they can go to school. The VIP is designed to address short, medium and long term livelihood needs through vegetable cultivation, floriculture and mango plantation. No woman has left the village in search of work.

In 2014 GVET added another 200 women to the VIP supported by WEIF with the first cohort of women now formed into Self Help Groups (SHGs). About 150 women have planted mogra and have just started harvesting it. More women are participating in mogra and mango plantation this year. In addition, earnings from the sale of vegetables and marigold, planted to meet market demands during the festivals of Dassera and Divali, will be channelized as savings for future needs.

English Communication Workshop

by LeapForWord (www.leapforword.org)

 

LeapforWord (LFW) conducted a grammar workshop for the teachers and staff of Nareshwadi Learning Centre (NLC) on November 7 2014. They also did a parallel workshop for NLC’s early childhood education (ECE) trainees and healthcare trainees under the CIDA project. Pranil Naik, Roopali Mohite and Ameya Ambulkar, MBA professionals who developed resources for the training were the resource persons.

 

About the Grammar Workshop:

The training is targeted towards in-system teachers from regional language schools. These teachers are able to read English and also comprehend to some extent, but grammar is a challenge. 

The purpose of this workshop is to enable the participants comprehend spoken and written English and structure grammatically correct sentences. At the end of the workshop participants were able to translate their thinking in Marathi into English across all tenses.

About 32 teachers, vocational instructors and staff participated in the workshop. To ensure that participants get sufficient practice, more workshops spread over 2 to 3 months will be conducted by LFW.

 

About the Reading Workshop

The purpose of this training is to enable rural youth to start language learning classes in English for school going children in their community. 

Around 16 young girls, trainees of ECE and healthcare under the CIDA Project, participated in this training. The training was conducted using a flipped learning pedagogy. Concepts were learnt through self-learning (Each participant was given a mobile phone on which concept videos were played) and the trainer intervened only to clarify doubts.

This training is to enable youth who can barely read to become comfortable with reading any text by end of the day. The method used is phonics which allows for fast learning.

The trainees demonstrated visible improvement in their reading levels, but more importantly this was achieved through minimal physical intervention. The results bode well for this training to scale into more remote areas.

All participants enjoyed the workshops and requested LFW for more training in future. LFW will partner with NLC in the coming year to strengthen communication in the English language for teachers and students.

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