गुरुवार, 4 अक्तूबर 2012


Dear friends, 
As you know, from the last 28 years , People’s Institute of Rural Development – PIRD (Grameen Vikas Lok Sanstha ) is working with rural people in Latur District of Maharashtra with prime focus in Watershed Development , Women Empowerment and Eradication of Child labour.
We believe that every child under the age of 14 years should spend their formative years only in the school and there is no alternative to formal education. It has been observed that 35% of the school drop outs in Latur district have been dropped out at or before 5th Std. PIRD runs Support classes not only for the drop out children but also who are about to drop out and we try to take these children in main stream. We intend to make these support classes more effective and impactful by joining hands with donors like you.
We have been given opportunity by GIVE INDIA for raising the necessary funds for this project through their website. You can support us by going to the http://www.giveindia.org/iGive-pirdlatur and donating Rs. 500 or in multiples of Rs.500.With an over helming support from donors like you, we can also get a chance to get encouraging donation from Give India.
If you can’t pay online, you can write a cheque in the name of GIVE INDIA. You will get the receipt for the same. You are also entitled to get Tax benefit under 80G. If you have any query or problem regarding this, Kindly contact us through email or phone. We are awaiting your positive reply.

Thanking you,
Sincerely                                             PIRD  office team
Machhindra Gojame, president     Narsinga Ghodke, Secretary  
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Details About our project on Childlabour

Details about our project on
Elimination of Childlabour Through Education

While working with farm labour during 1988-90 the organization exposed to the issue                   of Child Labour. When the trustee saw the children working as child or boned Labour   in   
agriculture, he could realize the intensity of this issue. Since children can be employed on
low wages and are vulnerable to exploitation, profit-seeking landowners prefer them to   their adult counterparts. Poverty, lack of adequate schooling facilities, apathy towards  
education formed some of the major causes forcing children to work. Moreover the lack  
of social recognition to and sensitivity towards working children’s reality was more 
appalling. Since 1988-89 we initiated sustained campaign to create social awareness 
against child labour.

This project has been developed after a comprehensive thought process and by evolving a method that addresses problems at grassroots level. It aims to ensure lasting solution by involving participation of different stakeholders of the community through a focused approach on child motivation, empowerment of School education committee, supplementing formal education through village study centers initiated especially for former school dropouts and increasing the parents’ responsiveness towards their children.
The specific objectives are:
1.    To promote enrolment of child laborers as well as children in formal primary education school.
2.    To provide child laborers equal opportunities for formal school education and supplement formal education through village level study centers.
3.    To strengthen school education committees on village level by building the capacities of their members.
4.    To enhance awareness amongst parents about their children’s formal education.
5.    To promote participation of children in decision making on issues concerning them.
6.    To enhance dialogue and participation of the local Education Department officials, local Village Education Committee members, Gram Panchayat representatives, village school teachers and parents for improvement in quality of education and reduction of school dropouts.
7.    To promote awareness of the local community regarding importance of education.

2.  Specific expected results :

1.    At least 400 erstwhile child labourers become literate
  1. 100 children would continue in main-stream education.
  2. Interest in formal education triggered amongst the child labourers and their parents.
  3. At least 50% of children would be exposed to computer literacy since each study centre would be equipped with computer (provided by TechMahindra and L&T InfoTech companies) and educational CD ROMs (provided by Azim Premji Foundation) and computer-based basic literacy packages (provided by Tata Consultancy Services).

  1. 10,000 families will be made aware about ill effects of child labour.
  2. Establishment of a study cum hobby centre at each village that supports formal school education.
  3. 100% enrolment of children in schools in the project area.
  4. 90% fall in number of children dropping out of school.
  5. Reduction in incidence of child labour from the project area.
10. Village Education Committee becoming active and responsible about the village school


Following are the monitoring indicators-
·         Number of child labourers joining and continuing education in the village school.
·         Nature of working of the village education committee.
·         Number of school dropouts from the project villages.
·         Number of child labourers originating from the project villages.
·         Nature of participation of the Education department local officials and Gram Panchayat members regarding functioning of the village school.
·         Number of decisions taken with children’s perspectives taken on board.


Following data and information would be recorded by PIRD during the project duration:
·         Attendance record of children participating in village study centers.
·         Daily diary maintained by the organizer cum teacher of the village study center.
·         Syllabus Plan made for supplementing formal school teaching at the study center.
·         Gradation test’s records of each child.
·         Records of tests undertaken every two months and progress card of each child.
·         Records of teaching learning aids developed and used at the village study center.
·         Daily diary and monthly reports developed by the project team.
·         Events’ register.
·         Activities undertaken against the stipulated time schedule.
·         School enrollment records of children.
·         Extent of participation and involvement of the target group
·         Field visit records.
·         Records and photos of awareness campaigns undertaken
          Responses reflected in the various components of the project
·         Vehicle log-book.
·         Accounts
·         Resources utilized
·         Studies / surveys / assessments undertaken in the project area by government or NGO.
1)     3.  Activities necessary for achieving each result:
    1. Educational Awareness Campaign ( 1 day for every village)
    2. School Enrolment drive
    3. Village Study Centers
    4. Strengthening of Village Education Committee
    5. Dialogue with Education Department officials
    6. . Children get-togethers
    7. Mass awareness and information dissemination meets
    8. Capacity building of village study center organizer cum teacher
    9. Team work review meetings

गुरुवार, 5 नवंबर 2009

बुधवार, 25 जून 2008

Teachers Training Programme- 2008 By PIRD



The main objective of this programme is to send back all the children to regular school who are currently studying in PIRD’s educational centers for child labor. To achieve this aim we had decided to group them accordingly & understand, encourage & help them with consideration of following points:

Ø Every child has different E.I. (Emotional Intelligence) & I.Q.(Intelligent Quotient)

Ø Every child is unique in nature.

Ø Every child has got unique background.

We have found that it’s helpful for teachers as well as children if teachers know in advance about the background of child. Also, we had decided that local teacher should take the basic aptitude test. To coordinate this, we took a training programme for teachers on April13, 2008 at Disabled Children Technical School, Chakur dist. Latur.For this programme we had arranged the guidance of following resource persons.

1. Mr. Tukaram Palmte, Subject Specialist
2. Mr. Haridas Tammewar, Senior Level Headmaster
3. Mr. W.S.Pande , The Best Teacher

The following points were discussed and agreed upon:

Ø Every child is gifted with unique capabilities. Teachers always have to keep this fact in mind while teaching.

Ø Not a single child is dull. If school is incapable to understand him/her, he/she will not be in a position to consider the same.

Ø To understand a child, sometimes teachers have to play a role of mother/ friend.

Ø Every child’s communication skills need to be improved. It’s there always, but teachers need to create opportunities.

Ø The local activist has to always keep in mind while working that the children are away from school because of school’s inability to attract or retain them and not vice versa.

Ø In order to bring these children in mainstream, the basis aptitude test should be conducted after every 2 months.

Ø As the village teacher have to play the role of local activist, regular training for them is also necessary.


It’s been discussed and agreed upon that there is no need for separate question paper or different process to conduct the basic aptitude test for children in study centres. The question paper, which is used in Government’s Z.P. School, can be used. The information regarding how to use this question paper and practice for it has been given in this training programme.

It has been decided that for class I, class II, 1 & 2 question papers should be used respectively. For class III, and class IV, 3 question papers can be used. The sample question papers were provided to teachers. It’s been decided that according to the results grading should be done and the syllabus should be carried out as well as the class of the child should be changed. The children who found to be good at studies should be sent to regular school.


It has been carried out on May11, 2008. The following resource persons gave guidance to the teachers:

1. Mr. Haridas Tamewar, Senior Level Headmaster
2. Mr. M.R.Kadam, Block Level coordinator
3. Mr. Sanjay Suvarnakar, English Sbject Specialist

The following points were discussed:

Ø Languages teaching methods, Math teaching methods and English Languages simple teaching methods.

Ø The need of educational aid equipment & its use.

Ø How to teach with the help of sports and entertainment.

Ø Guidance was given on teacher’s responsibility & their ideal behavior with students.


The basic aptitude test has been conducted at all the study centers in accordance with children interest. The government schools test papers had been used for this purpose. It’s been observed that:

Ø Out of 696 children from 30 villages, 201 children should be in first standard. (141 boys and 60 girls).

For more video’s and Programme photographs please vist at :


गुरुवार, 1 मई 2008

Primary Education Awareness Campaign News/Photo/Videos

Educational Awareness Campaign



Educational Awareness Campaign for Eradication of child labour
during the period of May - June, 2007

The “Educational Awareness Campaign for Eradication of child labour is the most important activity in the project. It encompasses
1. Generating awareness amongst the parents about education.
2. Generating interest and liking for education amongst the children,
3. Act for child labour prevention and eradication at the village level. Keeping in mind the above, the campaign was run between 7 May to11 June 2007

Pre Campaign Training and Methodology
A training programme was held on 1st and 2nd May for the project staff and volunteers. In this training keeping in mind the objective of the campaign, we discussed & planned regarding duration, campaign activities, role of volunteers, village level people participation, the need to spend at least 3 days in each village (total 30 villages).

In this training programme the following topics were covered: the problem of child labourers, efforts made by the Government and other organisations to eradicate child labour, laws relating to child labour and their implementation, importance of education, the role of village education committees, etc. The following resource persons for conducted the workshop: Rajkumar Holikar, Amrut Bhoge, Niranjan redid (correspondent) Ashok Kulkarni and Machindra Gojame.
In consultation with the resource persons the following programme for the campaign was worked out.

1. The campaign should be conducted in thirty villages between 7 May and 11 June 2007.

2. Taking into consideration the limit on the duration of the campaign, the nature of the work to be done and three days in each village, three groups were formed. The first group would go to each village and during the course of one day liase with the village local bodies and give them an idea about the campaign and dates on which the workers would visit the village. This group also made lodging and boarding arrangements for the groups, which would follow. The other two groups would visit each village at least for two days and conduct the campaign. Each group would tackle 8 to 10 people and help from other volunteers would

3. besought for this purpose, and their names be noted and responsibilities assigned to them.

4. The group working in a particular village should organise games and entertainment programmes for children, both school going and those out of school. With friendly conversation they should try and find out from the children information about their school, the teachers, their studies and the difficulties faced by them in getting educated, and what can be done about it. This was the children should be encouraged to start liking schooling.

5. Some of the workers should try and get to know the women, the youth and members of the village education committee. Of the village. By discussion they should bring out the bad results of child labour, and find out the state of affairs in the school. In late evenings slide shows, video shows etc should be arranged to propagate the need for education and eradication of child labour. Competitions should be arranged in various games and prizes distributed.

6. The Staff & volunteers running the campaign should remain in the village for the full duration of the campaign. They should be satisfied with the lodging and boarding arrangements made by the villagers and not go out of the village for this purpose.

Implementation of the Campaign Programme

Activities with Children. Both school going and out of school (working as labourers) were contacted and problems relating to the school, schooling were discussed. Entertainment programmes and competitions were arranged. Of all the participants in the campaign, we got the best co-operation from children, Altogether 3495 children, out of which 131 were girls, took part. For more details see Appendix ‘A’

Meetings with Different Village Groups. As planned, in each village meetings were held with the village education committee, women and youth groups. Topics covered were conditions in the school, their attitude towards schooling, child labour

Etc. In these meetings spontaneous and the best response was from women. In the thirty villages where such meetings were held, 15 to 45 women took part. Next in matter of taking interest was the group of the young. The most disappointing response was from the very people on whom the responsibility for education rested, namely the Village Education Committee. The women said that they would participate in the future also. Please see Appendices for more details.

Public Meetings (GRAM SABHA). At least two village meetings or gatherings were held in each village. Guidance was given using video shows. In such meetings a number of notable people, teachers, doctors, lawyers, social workers, farm labourers etc took part. All of them contributed their thought on the questions of child labour and its eradication through education.

Participation by Volunteers. A total of 35 volunteers helped in running the campaign successfully. In each village, volunteers from the village also took part and showed their interest in the objectives of the campaign.

Organiser’s Training Programme on Litercy. This programme was held in the premises of Residential School for the Disabled. The topics discussed were: social awareness, developmental awareness, teacher – student relationship, responsibilities of the teachers, school and class room atmosphere, Marathi and Arithmetic, literacy, teaching methodology etc. For this programme Shri. R.E. Khandagale of the State resource Centre, Aurangabad, Mr. SP Kulkarni, Mr.VS Lahane, and the President of PIRD, Shri Macchindra Gojamae took part and gave in depth guidance. To know more various activities of programme please visit at http://balhakk.blogspot.com/