This is a case study of the Belwababu Purba Madhyamik Vidyalaya, under the Sukrouli block of the Kushinager district in Uttar Pradesh. Belwababu is one of the backward villages under the Sukrouli block in the Kushinagar district inhabited by SC and OBC classes. Most of the villagers are poor agricultural workers. They could not afford to send their children to the School, run by a single teacher. Both enrollment and attendance of the children in this school were extremely low. Besides, there were ample cases of drop-out children in the school. The School Management Committee was inactive and it did not know its rights, roles and responsibilities. The PACS programme made a change in the scenario. Gram Bharti as a partner of the Gram Niyojan Kendra (Ghaziabad) in the PACS II project, took a strong pro-active role in resolving the issue of admission and regular attendance of the children in this school.
The state government reorganized the School Management Committee during August 16 to September 5, 2014, in which the government sought the participation of the voluntary organization. Gram Bharti suggested the school authority to induct right persons from the women SHGs in the committee. The committee was reorganized accordingly. Gram Bharti appraised the roles and responsibilities of this committee. The School management Committee discussed the issues of admission, attendance and dropouts of the children of the communities and in consultation with the Head Master, decided to appoint Sandhya Sharma, a local educated girl who is physically disabled, as a teacher. It was also decided to pay an honorarium to her by the voluntary contribution of the Headmaster and the community members. She proved to be a good and dedicated teacher.
The School Management Committee also creditably assumed the responsibility of a regular monitoring of admission, regular attendance and dropouts. The Committee also improved the quality of Midday Meal, free book & school dress, drinking water & sanitation and scholarship for poor children. As a result, both admission, and regular attendance of children increased from 5 to 7 children before the project intervention to 60 to 70 children in the school during 2013-2014. The dropout children were readmitted and many other children from the surrounding villages also took admission in the same school. By Gram Bharti’s initiative, the school got a dedicated teacher and a responsible School Management Committee.