Ensuring quality education for long lasting change
Drop-out girls accessed higher education
School teachers trained
Striving to provide authentic learning for all
India ranks 105th amongst 128 countries in education. Despite the growth in literacy rates – 64% in 2001 to 74.04 % in 2011 as per Census 2011, women lag behind in most indicators of education and employment across the country.
As per Census 2011, Rajasthan had a literacy rate of 66.11%. At 52.12%, Rajasthan’s female literacy rate is the lowest in the country. Rajasthan’s sex ratio is also skewed.
The rural literacy rate of Rajasthan as per Census 2011 was 61.44%. The literacy rate of urban males was 87.91 % and that of urban females was 70.73%. The literacy rate of rural males was 76.16% and that of rural females was a mere 45.8%.
Despite a lot of progress, there are various challenges in rural areas which are hampering quality education. These challenges are quality infrastructure, classroom facilities, toilets, playgrounds and even quality teachers. There is a also a lack of community participation in education.
In most of the schools, School Management Committees (SMCS) are not functioning as per the guidelines and protocols. The interaction between parents and teachers is also very limited which is impacting education adversely.
We have devised multi-pronged strategies to address the critical components of education, so that learning outcomes, access to education and an enabling environment can be built in among learners and the community.
Our interventions are focussing on a) reintegration of drop out girls in schools through open schooling b) settling up of Scholl infrastructure and learning labs where students are able to read literature and access resources beyond school set ups and c) upgradation of school infrastructure
Second Chance Education is a second chance for the drop out girls and women who could not access education due to patriarchy, gender based discriminations and structured barriers.
The programme is helping women to enrol for higher education and ensure access to quality scholastic support so that drop outs can get quality education. We have leveraged the NIOS and RSOS platforms for this. SCE programs also facilitate life skilling, career counselling and vocational training.
Our learning lab initiative is closely aligned with #SDG 4 quality education. Learning labs brings together all stakeholders - students, teachers, parents, the village administration and the community at large. It helps to develop an eco-system and enabling environment for building young lives.
Learning labs serve children in the community setting and helps them access quality education and life skilling. The main objective of the learning lab is to improve learning outcomes of children.
Numerous studies suggest that quality infrastructure improves the retention of children along with teachers in schools. We aim to develop child-friendly schools that children look forward to coming to everyday.
Guided by this aim, we strive to develop quality class rooms, play grounds, toilets as well as improve access to learning aids for children
We are happy to collaborate with Manjari Foundation under Social Initiative Parivartan. Parivartan and Manjari share a common goal of bringing about a comprehensive and sustainable development at the grassroots. The partnership has brought about a positive change through several thematic interventions including micro-enterprise development, capacity building, health, and education. As a result of this initiative, we have seen effective community engagement and empowerment and the resident of Dholpur district (Rajasthan) continue to get benefitted. We will continue to work on similar projects to improve the lives of the less privileged through our Holistic Rural Development Programme.
Ms Nusrat Pathan, Head Corporate Social Responsibility, HDFC Bank
‘Sakhi’ means a friend in Hindi, someone who stands by in trying times and during jubilations too. 26500+ women from across 2212 SHG’s and 6 Federation have come together to be the same for each other by making Micro Finance work for them. Sakhi is a platform of rural women which aims at economic well-being, reduction in poverty, self-dependence, and development of personal and social standing in the society through establishing Micro Finance and Micro Enterprises. Hindustan Zinc Limited together with its partners Saheli Sameti and Manjari Foundation are working towards unlocking their potential and empowering them to lead as Enablers.
Mrs. Anupama Nidhi, CSR HEAD HZL
Manjari Foundation is IPE Global’s implementation partner in Dholpur, Rajasthan under the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), UK supported Project Udaan that aims at reducing teenage pregnancies. They have been instrumental in successfully piloting interventions for improving the knowledge of adolescents around sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in Bari block of Dholpur. Their efforts in organizing a team to take up the issue of adolescent SRH and facilitating its implementation with great sensitivity across the block has not only been recognized by the district administration, but has also paved way for attempting a scale-up across the district. Their coordination with the community-level institutions, local government bodies and the target group has been noteworthy and exemplary.
Mr. Ashish Banerjee, IPE Global
Without larger vision and dedication of the team of MF and its leadership, both vertical and horizontal growth would have never been possible to pick up at this level in this short history of its evolution. Since I have been associated with the Sakhi project of MF funded by Hindustan Zinc for the last 2 years, the happiness and confidence seen in their faces of hundreds of women in the villages proves its vitality. I have also witnessed the UN-women funded second chance education project (SCE) being implemented in 3 districts under the guidance of PRADAN is a much worthy to reach out to those young women in the age group of 16-35 who have been deprived in their childhood with the education, skills and employment are now happily enrolled and trained to overcome these deprivations with much positive outcome. While writing all these statements, I recall each visit to the project area to witness the change processes that were taking place within those women who had never dreamed of being so empowered and self-reliant so soon in their lifetimes.
Binod Raj Dahal, Integrator- PRADAN
Our collaboration with Manjari has allowed us to better understand the approach of solidarity groups and concretely towards the empowerment of women in the commune of Logo.The participation of Indian PRCs has been beneficial because the women have appropriated easily by seeing that they are rural women Indian women who share their experiences with them. The Camide team was formed by the professionals of Manjari with enthusiasm and professionalism and is able to reproduce most of the activities. This period of collaboration opens up prospects for our two structures to replicate the model in Mali and Africa. We again thank Manjari for all the efforts made for Camide and particularly the Director Sanjay Kumar. We were able to reach more than 2,500 women and more than 180 million CFA francs of credit granted four test henhouses substantial support for the winter and market gardening campaign in terms of results thank you.
Mr. Aou Keita, Director Camide, Kayes, Mali, West Africa
Development of Corporate Citizenship (DoCC), the social internship program of SPJIMR has been collaborating with Manjari Foundation since 2015. This has been fruitful relationship for us. I want to emphasise the four following themes. First the internships give our students a different idea of leadership which also gives them a sense of requirements for the future and adds to the ethics of sociological content. The participants acquire a notion of innovation- both social and technical which gives them a systemic view of the society. Such an empirical location gives them both a sense of limits and possibilities of what they can do. Environmental consciousness and gender sensitivity constitute two critical parts of social responsibility as we define it today. The participants of the internship understand what these key concepts mean in everyday sense. Internship at Manjari adds to their imagination in this direction. We value this relationship.
Dr. Chandrika Parmar, S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research