Rayagada is one of the most underserved districts under KBK of Odisha, India. The population of the district is 967,911(2011 census). The district has a predominant tribal population of 57.52%. The male literacy rate is 61.04% and female literacy rate is 39.19%, while the tribal female literacy rate is only 26.7% ( Rayagada 2014) of the literate population in this region, over 35% only knew how to sign their name.
Due to acute poverty, the low per capita income, and the remote location, the people living in Rayagada are suffering tremendously. The district borders Andhra Pradesh, which means that many people migrate seasonally for jobs. Migration also leads to increased school dropout rates of children in the area. During the migration period, parents are not available to assist with their children's education. Women in this region also suffer, as female tribe members typically work from a very young age tending animals, collecting forest products, etc. Due to low literacy and high dropout rates, the community's attitude towards girls' education has been very negative.
Recognizing this problem, NYSASDRI initiated an educational complex for tribal girls in Hukumtola village under Bisama Cuttack Block of Rayagada district, Odisha. After several meetings with the village community, many families have enrolled their children in the residential school for primary education. The school was started in 1996-97 with 50 tribal girls, ages 6-14 from class I to V. Education is the most basic requirement for social and economic progress, and to fulfil these objectives, The teaching methods are based on a formal syllabus, per the guidelines of the Govt. of Odisha. Essential items like food, clothes, soap, oil, learning materials, fortnightly health check-ups with medicines, pocket money, etc. are being provided to the children on a regular basis. Cultural programmes for skill development and entertainment are also organized. During their free time, students are engaged in developmental activities such as environmental studies and tailoring training. Monthly staff meeting and mother committee meetings are organized to review the school's performance and overall management. Now 120 tribal girls' students are continuing their education in the school.
The British Public School (EarlierODMCS), Kashipur
The British Public School, originally called Odisha Demonstrative Multipurpose Community School (ODMCS), was established in February 2010, and is located in Kokuajhar village of Kashipur Gram Panchayat, Gondia Block, Dhenkanal district. Its objective is to enhance the quality of education in rural tribal areas. The school curriculum is aligned with the Indian CBSE (English medium) standard set for grades I to V. A total of 65 children are studying in this school. In addition to the academic syllabus, the school also emphasizes extracurricular activities, including sports, excursions, cultural performances, dance performances, drama/theatre, music, comedy, fancy dress, etc. The students celebrate national days like Independence Day, Republic Day, Gandhi Jayanti, Children's Day, etc., in addition to festivals like Rakshabandhan, Durgapuja, Laxmipuja, Kartika purnima, Kali puja, Diwali and X Mas, Holi, etc. Students observed the festivals at the school campus with fun and happiness. Annually, positive reinforcement is given to the children by awarding certificates and prizes to top students in categories like sports, art, and cultural competency.
NYSASDRI Schools of Journalism and Social Work
NYSASDRI School of Journalism & Social Work (NSJS) was founded in 2013 at Govindpur of Dhenkanal. NSJS has carved a niche for itself in the cutting edge areas of social work education, journalism, and mass communication (60+60 Seats) since its initiation. It offers two-year post-graduate programs: Master's in Journalism & Mass Communication, and Master's in Social Work. As an educational institution, it caters to the human resource requirements of NGOs; counselling centres; health care rehabilitation institutions; print, electronic, social, and digital media hubs, etc. The institution is dedicated to creating professionals who help the deprived and downtrodden and promote societal transformation through professionalised social actions and volunteerism. Social work, as the name suggests, is focused on helping individuals, groups, and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. This is a practice-based subject that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. It also employs innovative strategies and practice-based learning within rural camp settings, agency placements, dissertation writing, and action projects. Skilled social workers play a vital role in uplifting the poor and underprivileged. Over the years, the scope of journalism has also increased, as communication channels have expanded from radio, television, and newspapers to social media and online news websites. Journalism has become a prestigious career choice for many students. Social work and journalism are both challenging, yet rewarding careers. Thus, NSJS has created the opportunity for our talented youths to enter the professional world as a social worker or journalist.
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