Report of the First Project : Promotion of Youngsters in Kallady Veloor

Report of the First Project : Promotion of Youngsters in Kallady Veloor

“Promotion of Youngsters in Kallady Veloor” was initiated by Sagacious Youth Led Organization – Sri Lanka to bring out the talents of the youngsters, promote their talents and to change them to lead a positive bright generation in the future. In order to implement the project, “Kallady Veloor Sri Sakthy Vidyalayam” was selected to implement the project.

Kallady Veloor Sri Shakthy Vidyalaya, Batticaloa

Basic information:

Name of the school: Kallady Veloor  Sri Shakthy Vidyalaya, Kallady, Batticaloa.

Year of start: 1982.01.18 [Grade 1 with 16 students]

Type: II School

Present Principal: Mrs. T. Arudjothy [2008-2015]

Total teachers:17  [male:04   female:13 (1 temporary attachment)]

Attendance rate (apps):

Year                teachers (%): children (%):

2014               96                              85%

2015               95                             83%

2016               96                             89%

 

Student population:

Year Boys Girls Total
2011 117 74 191
2012 141 97 238
2013 158 107 265
2014 177 114 291
2015 109 180 298
2016 200 103 303

 

Grade division:

Division Grade Boys Girls Total
Primary 106 70 176
Secondary 94 33 127
Total 200 103 303

 

Students’ performance in Grade 5:

Year No sat >70 >100 Maximum Minimum Merit/cutoff marks
2011 23 17 10 148 58 151
2012 22 19 07 162 51 147
2013 25 16 06 166 33 155
2014 24 23 18 176 69 150
2015 23 18 12 157 32 153

 

 

Background:

The school was affected by tsunami, conflict and natural disaster like flood. The occupation of the inhabitant is fishing and daily labor works/unskilled work. The school serves for about 200 families. The community surrounding of the school was not so fully engaged in school level activities or supported sufficiently. There were numerous cultural & social issues that prevented and affected the school development activities. Generally, education level of the people is poor. The people settled here from various part of western part of Batticaloa district and adjoining North central provincial bordering villages in late 1990s.

The school was headed by a women principal who was actually not the graded principal but from teachers’ service and had been serving for the last 7 years in this school. However, she did a lot and contributed to make the school more Child friendly.

Challenges / Issues:

The parent earlier was not supportive enough and either interaction with school was poor. Most of the parents were used to take arrack/liquor almost on a daily basis and there were other issues like early marriage and woman go to middle East as domestic servants and they are still seen as a continue issue. Due to parent employment, the children were under grandmother and others care and thus, not given adequate parental care & support. Malnutrition and poor income are still impact on children schooling but those were considerably addressed during the past several years. In addition, there were cultural and social issues and the community was not so advanced compared to the neighboring areas. There were not much interactive class room activities or additional classes, limited curricular activities and lack of parent’s awareness on the importance of schooling and children were not motivated enough in school level activities. There were little use of class room and participatory approaches and lack of teaching aids, school was not attractive to children and regular attendance of children and teachers were also poor.

In addition, there were cultural and social issue and the community was not so advanced compared to the neighbouring areas. There were not much interactive classroom activities or additional classes, limited curricular activities and lack of parent’s awareness on the importance of schooling and children were not motivated enough in school level activities. There were little use of class room and participatory approaches and lack of teaching aids, school was not attractive to children and regular attendance of children and teachers were also poor.

Changes

–           Committed school team with good interaction between principal and teaches.

–           Increased co-curricular activities and improved children participation

–           Improved learning achievements and performance of children.

–           Increased parents participation and support in school level activities.

–           Children has facility to play while enjoy learning

–           External support has increased together with school community contribution.

The overall performance of the school is in increased trend and the overall learning achievement is quite good compare to the past. The school was able to make some remarkable achievement in the areas behavioural and attitude changes of their parents and children on the top education activities.

Support/interventions:

The main support provided by SYLCSL were including awareness on importance of education, CUE, CFA training include SSA/SDP, strengthening SDS and CFS exposure and exchange visits. At present no drop-out and all out of school within the catchment area were already reintegrated.The parent’s participation has also been increased and overall support from the community for the school is commendable. The principal of the leadership and overall school capacity was enhanced as a result of the marvelous success.

In addition, there were several activities carried out by the SYLCSL along with the school to benefit students, parents, teachers and the community members and resources were mobilized both from internal and external source. The main key activities were to support school level literacy improvement programme, formulation and implementation of the school based plan and activities and creating awareness on social cohesion and related aspects. However, the school took the opportunity to break the activities into many paces and able to conduct varieties of the activities that supported planning, implementing and monitoring of their own activities with technical support from Zonal education office.

The activities completed include the visit to special needs school both teachers & students to provide the similar children in the school with an opportunity to interact and share their views ; Raising the ELC level of children – Teachers that was to focus more on achieving ELC from the current level and teachers were also supported by master teachers with little capacity building exercise on this area; Training Attracting Visual Aids especially to prepare class room related materials by the teachers and some were digitally printed to display so that children had a more visible and access to learn improved way inside classrooms with teaching aids.

There was an exposure Visit for teachers to few identified CFS which have been performing well meeting many CFS criterions to share and learn some of their best practices that with an intention to apply in the school and some of the good learning including introduce attractive activity cards for students, organizing reading camp, introducing writing Techniques and so on started in the school.

The SYLCSL also organized activities such as Leadership training for students, prefects and opportunity to visit leading school to interact and exposure to experiences and building harmony with diverse community students through organizing and visiting event between Muslim and Hindu students and thus creating an opportunity for the school children to know about other cultures and to respect others. The SYLCSL also conducted student activities about Child Protection, training and development of western band and boys scout, display students creative works through Exhibition, training for health promotion club member students, creating awareness on Child right, teenage and nutrition, Child Care, and health promotion for parents, display posters & Illustrations for parents & Students and performed periodic street drama for parents and advocating on the worst effects of bad social menace including an awareness Parade on Alcoholism throughout the village.

These activities were enhanced a greater awareness about school active role in students and parents welfare and development activities and improved parents involvement and inculcating good ethics and values among school community. The overall school leadership was enhanced and the school community was happy about what had been done by the Sagacious Youth Lead Consortium – Sri Lanka, Batticaloa.

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