Gyan Abhiyan Cycle Yatra 2013

Gyan Abhiyan Cycle Yatra 2013


Creating awareness towards community participation in ensuring quality education


Duration: 12th December – 16th  December 2013


Flag off point: Rauta Village, Ariari Block, Sheikhpura District


Route Map for the Cycle Yatra 2013





Organised by

Deep Kunj, Bangali Para, Rajgir,

Nalanda, Bihar

Ph: 06112 255486



Gyan Abhiyan Cycle Yatra, Bihar, 2013

(Quality Education Awareness Campaign)


In year 2011, Saral Services, not for profit social organization, had launched campaign for quality education in Nalanda District. There was 10 days long cycle yatra, named Gyan Abhiyan Yatra, where Saral Services contacted 50 schools including government and private ( Students and teachers welcomed the campaign and supported the effort for improving the quality of education in schools. Yatra was successful and created a network of people in Nalanda, known as Nalanda Nikhar.

In the year 2012, the yatra was once again organised by Saral Services with support from Nalanda Nikhar and Jeevika. The main objective of yatra was awareness building on quality education and popularize Samjhe Sikhen, a 20 point quality indicator supported by BEP and GoB for ensuring quality education. The yatra was scheduled from November 26th to December 2nd, 2012. It was a success that there was participation from a large number of members of Village Organizations promoted by Jeevika. Nalanda District Administration also participated in the yatra.  During the yatra we focused on the two points from Samjhe Sikhen i.e. regular parent teacher’s meeting and complete and comprehensive evaluation of the child.

Enthusiastic with response in last two yatras, we have now planned Gyan Abhiyan Yatra 2013 with the following objectives



  1. To have cycle-adventure, fun and learn rural reality, especially the education
  2. To Carry out focus group discussion on the recommendations of the Study report  by Saral Services and UNICEF on strengthening of parent teacher association (PTA), Bal Sansad and Meena Manch
  3. To understand the education in schools of one cluster resource centre (CRC) in Sheikhpura District
  4. To Spread the message of quality education in both public and private schools of 10-12 villages covering one CRC
  5. To document the individual’s experience during the yatra, share the same at Block/ District and State level.


Output of the Awareness Campaign

  • The Yatra will cover 10-12 villages of one Common Resource Centre (CRC)
  • Report on the 9 recommendations of the Saral-UNICEF study.
  • Report on the experiences of the participants
  • Report for sharing at Block, District and State level
  • Identify local resources for quality education


Nalanda Nikhar and Saral Services propose to have cycle yatra for a week to meet people for building the awareness on quality education. A core team of 5-10 people will go on a cycle yatra from Rauta (Ariari Block and Sheikhpura District) and cover 10-12 schools in 5 days. Team will start from same place and visit different schools every day with a target to cover 2-3 schools per day. Team will start the day at 10 AM and end by 5 PM.

The team will halt at Rauta CRC School. On the 5th day, where a small function will be conducted with interested youths, parents on quality education


Abhiyan period

12th November to 16th December 2013 (Abhiyan will begin on November 12th from Rauta village and will conclude in the same village after covering all the villages of the CRC)


Participants – Types and Enrolled Participants

Nalanda Nikhar proposes to have three set of participants:

Yellow Participants: Participants for the entire yatra and their number could be up to 10

  1. Dr. Mithilesh Prasad, Principal Narayana Vihar, Griyak
  2. Mr. Subodh Gupta, Managing Director, Safal Solutions, Hyderabad

Blue Participants: Participants for one or two days of yatra, who will join in morning and leaves the yatra in the evening.

  1. Mr. Sangam Bharati, Teacher, Pureline, Biharsharif
  2. Mr. Ajun Akela, Principal, Gyan Jyoti, Biharsharif
  3. Ms. Smita Rawat, Group General Manager, IRCTC, Hyderabad
  4. Mr. Subrat Mishra, Executive Director, Saral Services, Secunderabad
  5. Mr. Bipul Kumar, Sr. Executive, Saral Services, Rajgir
  6. More………

Red Participants: Participants involved in organizing the yatra, who will ensure the arrangement for night stay, meetings and discussions. They will also be responsible for taking notes during the yatra and putting them on the web site.

  1. Mr. Santosh Kumar, Office Admin, Saral Services, Rajgir. Mobile + 91 + 9534393536
  2. Mr. Purushottam Prasad, In charge of CALC, Saral Services, Rajgir, , Mobile + 91 + 9431274205




Registration of Participation

All who have interest in education are welcome to join the yatra. Participants can register themselves for the yatra by sending their profiles to

We welcome donations to support the yatra.  Donation in the form of cheque / demand draft can be sent in the name of “Saral Services” payable at “Secunderabad”. Donations can also be transferred electronically using following details

Name of the account – Saral Services

Name of the Bank – State Bank of India

Account Number – 30012540053

IFSC code – SBIN0002802

Swift/BIC code – SBININBB321

Items to carried by Yellow Participants

Yellow participants who are willing to stay in night should bring sleeping bag, mosquito net / repellent cream, and torch.



Saral Services would coordinate Gyan Abhiyan Yatra and will arrange –

i.    Night halt: staying, Bed, toilet, food

ii.    Documentation: day reflection, photographs, uploading to blog

iii.    Route plan: coordinate people joining for a day or for entire campaign

iv.    Resource Materials: Study report by Saral Services and UNICEF, Other ICE materials on quality education


Task Force to Support the Campaign

  1. Mr. Subrat Kumar Mishra, Executive Director, Saral Services, Secunderabad. , Mobile + 91 + 9491403310
  2. Mr. Mithilesh Prasad, Principal, Narayan Vidya Vihar, Griyak. Mobile + 91 + 9931961409



For any other information, clarifications please contact Saral Services, Secunderabad and Rajgir on + 91 + 40 + 27992961 / 27790176 and + 91 + 6112 + 255486 on any weekdays.


Route Map

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Celebration of National Education Day 2013

Today is the National Education Day. I asked this question in my office to three senior colleagues. What is the importance of today? It did not surprise me. Non of them knew that today is National Education Day. We know Valentine Day, other day my daughter reminded that about father’s day. It is indeed sad to note that National Education Day is not as popular as Valentine day.

National Education Day is celebrated on the birth day of our first Education Minister Dr. Abdul Kalam Ahmed Azad. He was a scholar, Nationalist and above a good human being.

We need to celebrate the National Education Day. School children should know the importance of the day.   I decided to do rededicate my commitment to education for all and quality education in all schools.

In School, students

Remember him for his knowledge and his commitment

remember Gandhi and Nehru. Hence Oct 2 and Nov 14 are important. Nov 14 is celebrated as Bal Diwas.

I feel strongly that we all need to celebrate the day and think about education seriously. I am happy to share that we will be having the cycle yatra once again this year for quality education.

Questions that come to me are –
1) Why is Saral Services organizing the Yatra this year?

Saral Services has committed to the idea of having cycle yatra for quality education. It started in 2011. It is not a good idea to have a break. Hence we are having the program. Such yatra brings some positive energy and that is what required for the organization to continue and exist.

2) We have to raise the issue of quality education at the primary level. If we do not do that we are producing illiterates from the schools.   We are not surprised when some candidate come for the interview do not answer very basic questions.   As a result, some of them get frustrated as they fail in the higher class or when they do not get job. Therefore the issue of quality education is important and hence Saral Services has to stick to its commitment.

3) Why I have to lead the Yatra even in the third year?
Now I am not the leader. Dr. Mithilesh is the Leader now. Because of his initiative we are continuing with the program.

I am interested this year with different purpose –
I am wondering if Cycle Yatra with such short period in a group may become a method of rural immersion program. It can also be a method suitable to bring young graduates from cities to know and learn rural reality.

Today we reiterate our commitment to quality education and announce the 3rd Gyan Abhiyan Cycle Yatra 2013 from Nov 29 to December 3.

I invite my colleagues to read the blog and send your valuable comments. we will enrich our views with your comments.

Best regards

Subodh Gupta

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Gyan Abhiyan Day 7: Quality Education Workshop

Gyan Abhiyan 2012 Day 7: Workshop at Nav Nalanda Mahavihar


This workshop was held in Nav Nalanda Mahavihar, a University located in Nalanda. About 60 people attended.


The seminar was chaired by Dr. Ravi Babu, Joint Director, NIRD, Hyderbaad. Other guest hounored the occassion were Mr. Prasad, Regional Deputy Director, Bihar Education Project, Patna, Ms Archana, State Project Manager, Jeevika, Patna,


District education Officer, District Quality Coordinator, DPM, Nalanda of Jeevika project were also present in the occasstion.


It was a great day, 50 parents from VO and some teachers also attended the workshop.


Government staff praised the effort made by saral Services, Nalanda Nikhar and Jeevika. They also said the such effort should be made more. Government also admitted the problems shared by the team. All of them said that point 6 and 20 in Samjhe Sinkhe need to work on. Point 6 talks about complete and comprehensie evaluation of child and point no 20 is weekly meeting with parents in the school.


Some of them highlighted the use of sports, cultural programs, TLM including computer education and elearning (point no 9,10 and 11 of SS).


Yatra member told that we should activate Bal Sansad and Mina Manch (given in point no 13 of SS) for all round development of children.


Vikash, Project Leader highlighted the features of the Yatra.

Yatra started on November 26 after DM rode the cycle and moved with the yatra and flaged off by officer from Education Department and ended on December 1, 2012. It covered 100 KM and 25 Schools. During the journey the team interacted with 75 teachers, 21 Village Organizations, 355 Parents and more than 500 children.


It is successful journey, parents realised that they have to take interest in their children and visit school. They should attend the weekly meeting in the school and discuss about the progress of the child. The social committee from each VO will take the lead in collecting and parents and going to school every week class wise.


We also discussed with teachers, they also agreed to make a roster for such weekly meeting and share with the parents.


In joint meeting with parents and teachers we discussed the importantce of point no 20. We need to be clear about the agenda in such meeting. Agenda will be point 6 and then others points in SS.


Director Saral Services prepared action plan and promised to have such abhiyan in the next year.


SPM, Jeevika suggested that we should start a pilot in Rajgir for quality education. For this she said that she will discuss with Saral Services.




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Gyan Yatra 2012 Day 6

Dec 1, 2012: (Prepared by Dr. Sekar )

After a sumptuous breakfast at the house of the VO officials in Seema, the team once again split into two, with one group going to the Seema Primary School, while the other proceeded to Jhalar village. I was in the first group and met with the head teacher of the school. Here too, I found the head teacher to have sincere intent and passion to do good for the children, but handicapped by shortage of staff. The teacher-student ratio hovered around 1:80+. Only some of the teachers could cover all subjects and there was a shortage of specialist teachers in science and math. The head teacher was happy to get one science teacher that very day. The story on parent-teacher meeting was very similar – parents showed no interest in these meetings, and did not provide any time for the meeting. The head teacher was also burdened with several other non-academic duties – such as coordinator for the mid-day meal scheme, writing of various routine reports and attending several meetings, also acting as the block level officer for the village, and so on. With all these distractions, he too had very limited time to spend with children in school. This story was similar to what we had heard in other schools. Dr. Mithilesh met with children and urged them to have dreams, study hard, and reach their potential.


From Seema, we cycled to Hasanpur village. We met with the teachers (there were 2 in number, and the total was 4, with the head teacher having gone to attend a meeting on the mid-day meal scheme and one teacher on leave). The total enrollment was about 400, with daily average attendance varying from between 80 to upto 200. The issues articulated were similar – parent-teacher meetings on a weekly basis did not happen, as parents did not give time and were not interested; while there were 8 grades, most of the time, the teachers just occupied the students due to paucity of teachers; mid-day meal scheme was not operational for a few days due to non-supply of rice; while teachers too are committed and interested in delivering quality education, lack of teacher resources (and in many cases, under- qualified resources hired as teachers) result in poor implementation of Samjhe-Seekhe guidelines.


From Hasanpur, we visited our last village in the cycle tour – Nahaub. We met with the deputy head teacher (as the head teacher was attending the mid-day meal scheme meeting). Here, for an enrollment of 408, and about 45-50% attendance, they had a total of 4 teachers. With head teacher having several other duties, effective teacher-student ratio hovered around 1:100. Many students were absent during harvesting season, as they were called by their parents to help in harvesting (when we were there, one girl asked permission to leave early as her mother had sent message asking her to join in the harvesting task). Without addressing the resource challenges, meeting the Samjhe-Seekhe objectives effectively is an uphill task for the teachers. We also spent time talking to students on their own life goals which education can help them achieve. I found that such talks had not happened with either teachers or with parents, and impressed on the need to have life goals early on, so that there is plenty of time to prepare and succeed. The students were very attentive during the discussions and seemed to understand the import of the address.


With this visit, we ended the cycle yatra with a lunch at the VO elders’ home in the village, and then

cycled to Nalanda for a visit to the ruins and terminating the cycle yatra.


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Gyan Abhiyan Day 5

Gyan Abhiyan DAY 5

Beginning the day at 9, we left for Meyar. From here we would resume our journey, and push onwards till Bhui. We welcomed a few new people to our cause- a Railway officer, a highschool girl and a law student along with a few others. Our transport dropped us off at Meyar where at 9:30 we had our Breakfast of Milk, Chana, Roti and Chutney. Then we left off at 10:15, with high spirits and a sense of solidarity. The road greeted us with bumps and shocks, but we cycled on till we reached our first destination : the village of Chandora.

Here we stopped at the village school, to talk to the people and look at present conditions. At the ‘Aangan Badi’ we heard kids recite poems and sing the alphabet, in an unco-ordinated cacophony. In the higher classrooms, we found the same tight blind discipline in the students. The school building was not completed like the others, and we also found a lot of dangerous rusted structures that once used to be slides and swings. The mothers sang a inspirational song about education and ‘moving forward’, before the discussion began. We explained the importance of teacher-parent meetings, and they told us of the problems they faced due to the lack of a compound wall.

At the same time, half the team moved onwards to Lacchepur. There we stopped at the primary school, where we found the principal missing. One teacher was present, who told us that the school ran with the help of 3 people. The Head Master was ill and the other teacher had gone to a wedding. The children were sitting idle while the teacher ran inbetween classes. We interacted with a class, and Dr. Mithelesh Singh entertained the little kids with magic tricks and funny theatrics. While talking to the mothers, we found out that parent-teacher meetings never take place. We reminded them again and again the importance of transparency.

The hours dragged on and we found ourselves having lunch at Buiy. As usual the chutney and aloo were delicious. By now we had already internalized the staple food of Bihar. We then head to the Buiy village school, that held 400 students and just 5 teachers. With a teacher student ratio of 1/80, we were yet again displayed the plight of quality education in Bihar. The Mid-day meals were also not getting delivered because the rice had not arrived. This appears to be the common situation for most schools these days.

We reached Seema late in the evening, and yet again the skies became pitch dark. Here we entered the village school, that was by now almost empty. The Gram Sangatan Samajik Committee along with many mothers of students, then began to turn up. There was a huge turnover, with the room entirely filled. Here we had  a heated debate over various topics. We were told that the kids run away after the mid-day meal, because they aren’t served enough and that the Head Master had held just one meeting in six months. However, these gritty women would not give up and had constantly requested for meetings, but were turned down quite rudely. The Committee morally polices, the households and informs them of important agendas. It was also nice to see that the women acknowledged that they also shared the burden of the blame, and promised to actively work harder.

The Day was good, not very tiring and definitely productive. However, yet again hammered in the fact that quality education is still miles ahead. The fundamental issues were once again visible, and dispite the numerous perspectives that we got, the problems remained the same. Once again the teacher-student ratio was appalling and once again the women self-help group’s participation was affirming.

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Gyan Abhiyan Day 4

Gyan Abhiyan Day 4


Started from Garaur village at 10:30 AM, our group reached Dogi where we met the Head Master. This was the first school where we met the HM. He told me that he had read the news of Gyan Abhiyan. He welcome the yatra and wished that the yatra succeed. HM shared with us the experience of implimenting the Samjhe Sinkhe (quality parameters of education).


He had weekly meeting of parents once for class I, II, III, VI, V. These meeting was primarly to tell the parents to send their children to school on time. Points that were discussed suggest that these meetings were used for appealing the parents to send their children and send them on time. For continuous and comprehensive evaluation, only the part of the profile has been prepared. There is no CCE. Lot more can be done.


Meeting with women and children were held separately. Meeting with parents and teacher was useful. They agreed to meet once on Saturday classwise as per SS. They will start the effort from this saturday. We discussed as to what to discuss in such meetings. Teacher should articulate the expectation from a child of that age and class. Teacher should help the parents to understand the position of the child with respect to the expectation. It would help in doing the CCE in the school as well.


We talked about seeing the dream for the children. There was excitement to think of dream. Parents want their children to become engineer and doctor.


We went to chabilapur school. There was enrolment of 224 and there are only three teachers. HM is busy in paper work. There are so many paper work. We can not have classes separetly. We have to combine classes and hold classes. Class 1 to 4 in one class room and from 5 to 8 in the second class room to manage them. Student teacher ratio is 80. It is difficult to achieve quality of education with this. There are some schools where the ratio is 30and below. May be some teacher be transfered to this school.


Teacher was concerned about the no cooperation from the village. He talked to VO member and they assured the teacher for the coopeartion. They were ready to have the weekly PT meeting class wise.


He is of the opinion that MDM is not at all useful. Instead it will be better to provide the food in kind to each parent. It will reduce the load of MDM from these teacher and will pay more attention to education. One child was was in class 8 said that he wants to be a teacher while her mother wanted him to be an engineer. She was happy to be having such expectation.


We suggested that the boy wants to be a teacher, he can be give chance to teach younger class students. This may help the school to reduce the problem of lack of teacher and at the same time he will feel confident about his own capacity to teach.


We went to Andwas village thereafter where we could have meeting with VO members only as the school was closed. It was a minority school and it was thursday. On Thursday school has half day.

Well, we interacted with the parents.


Anita Devi has one son and a daughter. Daughter lives with her Meternal grand ma. She is doing well in study. Her son Avinanad is not doing well. According to her, son is not a normal child. He is metally handicap. We called the child. We gave him few sums and asked him to read text. He did them perfectly. Only thing he was little slow. Therefore the child was normal. He likes cricket. We advised her to meet the teacher and discuss about his growth.


Instead, of meeting individually, parents can visit the school in group class wise. They said that they will explored with the teacher.


Thereafter we went to village Meyar. It has a welcoming big pond. Farmers here were prosperus. They are doing well. We met the parents and members of Bhamani VO. VO is managing public distribution system (PDS). One of the member shared about the problem with her son who goes to school but runs away. He is afraid of teacher. Mother was concerned about his education. Solution is to have meeting with the teacher. They also agreed to meet once on Saturday. Social Committee member of the VO will now take this as an actiivity.


We gave them literature on SS and Right to Education. Some of the members had children of bigger age group. They were worried about the money required for higher study. We suggested to them that they need not worry about money. Government and Bank both are now keen to provide education loan. Saurav Kumar narrated his story of taking Vidya loan and doing the SaralTA training. After getting the job he is repaying the loan and he does not take money from parents to repay.


VO had arranged dinner for us. We enjoyed the dinner after whole day of cycling,

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Gyan Abhiyan day 3


Gyan Abhiyan 2012 Report Day 3 Pilkhi Raushani VO We had a meeting with Pilkhi VO. 45 women attended the meeting. Meeting conducted in a hall near a temple and a pond mist paddy field. We interacted with three children

a. Aditya Raj (Age 15, class VIII) – Grand mother who is a member of VO was very much disturbed about Raj as he is not staying in any school. He was put in a private school. He comlained about the teacher who was putting Makki in the food. He run away from there. He does not go to school now. He wants to be a doctor. He is confident. But his Grant ma is concerned and asked for help. We gave small sum of multiplication. He wrote six hundred seventy five as 6075. He not at all sorry for that. His father does not pay attention. Dr. Mithilesh offered her to send him to his school. She will have to wait for one year. But he can be brought back on track. He is confident, intelligent and energetic. He does not want to hear that he does not know. He says that he can do.

b. Khushabu Kumari (Age 11, Class V) : Putul Devi’s husband is missing for last ten years. She is the only earning member in the family. Her daughter Khushabu was in class 5 and doing well. She also does all kitchen work in home as she has to feed his younger brother.

c. Prem kumar (Age 7, class II) : Her mother complained about him that he runs away from the school every day. Prem says that teacher scolds for earing more and playing. But he could read when we asked him to read.

d. Girl (do not remember) (Age 10, class VI) She is unable to read. Her mother was very much painic. She does not know what to say when I tell the teacher, they say “ GHOR KE PILA DE” You do not pay attention to your child. Mother feels helpless as she is iliterate and hence does not know what to do. After this discussion, we discussed with the mothers of the VO. Only solutions is to meet the teacher.

They should meet the teacher and discuss about the progress of the child once a week as per the Samjhe Sinkhe point number 20. Sanjeev Kr Rajabansi, Cluster Coordinator came to attend the meeting. It was nice of him to come and understand the problem of the education and these parents. He was very honest in his effort to coordinate the schools. In the school he has already given the instructions for Bal sansad and implimentation of SS. We suggested that he can also monitor that if the instructions have been implemented. He agreed that such monitoring can also be done. Parents of VO will now go to school for meeting the teach and discuss specific issue of the child. We visited two more villages – Nekpur where we met 30 VO members and Katari 23 women, Garaor where we met 70 women from three VO. In two villages Nekpur and Garaor we two parallel meeting one with children and one with women.

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Gyan Abhiyan 2012 Day 2

Discussion with Principal Mr. RN Choudhari of Krishna Public School

Day started little late at 9:30 AM from Krishna Public School Pawapuri where we interacted with school Principal and learn “How to teach” from him.  He gave interesting methods that he uses for teaching the students.  In the class he will first give 15 minutes for asking questions to students on a given topic.  Once the deadline is over then he will ask the question from the student.  Such a pressure works and students motivated to ask.  Asking a question is considered good and opening the door of knowledge.

Meena Manch on the wall

Soon after that we went to Government middle school Pokharpur.  We were delighted  to see Meena Manch.  Teachers were happy to share the benefit of Meena Manch.  It has developed management quality among the girls.  One of the girl has talent in Carr ate and was sent abroad for International events/competetion.

Heated discussion on content of material

There was discussion on content of the text that is to be taught to the student.  Mr. Alok Kumar played a song sung by student. It was song by Haribansrai Bachhan.  The song was on Madhushala.  Team said that while it is good to this activity does encourage the talent of the student but there is danger here about the content.  We are suggesting them to know about Madhushala at this age.  Perhaps we could use the song on Mahavir which the child must have seen so many time in Pawapuri.  There could be song of SRI method of paddy cultivation.

There was discussion on Samjhe and Sinkhe (SS) indicators.  Teachers were confident that school has done well on these indicators before it was started in September 2011.  School does open on time and closes on time.

For meeting with parents has started weekly.  Only one meeting has happened so far for each of the class.  This meeting was systematic and the meeting minutes was of 5-6 pages.  But only one meeting since it started.  Reason for not having the meeting was that Saturday was holiday.

TLM, teacher was not so excited.  One teacher was not convinced for not scolding and heating the child.  Several arguments were given in favour of scolding.  Only argument was given in favor of not scolding is to follow the rule.  Rule is the only factor why he would like to do.

Team went to Pawapuri Adarsh Middle school where we talked to teachers from 11 schools.  it was a workshop of teachers where they discuss about the quality of teaching. When we asked them to share experience of implementing the monitoring indicators based on SS.  There was no willing volunteer to share.  After insisting one teacher said that he follow the opening of school on time. He follows chetana Satra for more than 30 minutes.  It is good but some girls fall down during the session as they come to school empty stomach.  parents do give them food. They are from poor family and parents do not prepare food in the morning before the child goes to the school.

Education officer asked further to reprt with names of such family.  One this teacher from Bakra said that 80% of the students come empty stomach.  It was shocking news.

It requires investigation.  DPO assured to do that.


Our journey moved forward on road, on agriculture field.  It was long journey of 25 KM. Then we reached Lohar where we talked to Jeevika Janani Gram Sangathan.  This group was more vibrant than the teachers at Pawapuri.








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Launch of Nalanda Nikhar magagine


Nalanda Nikhar is forum for the teachers and parents in Nalanda District for quality of education.  Nalanda Nikhar has publish a magazine in Hindi that focuses on quality of education.

On the day Gyan Yatra, Magazine was launched. DM, Nalanda did the bemochan of the in-house news magazine.

Dr. Mithilesh Singh is the editor of the magazine.  He with help from Anisha Singh who came as Intern from KIIT, Dr. Singh got the materials and brought out the first issue.




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Day 1 Flagging of Gyan Abhiyan 2012

Flag off function in DM office campus, Nalanda

On 26th Nov. Gyan abhiyan yatra was flagged off by the district magistrate of Nalanda district of Bihar. This cycle yatra is a yearly event taken up by Saral Services at Nalanda Nikhaar Manch to build awareness on quality education in schools of Nalanda district if Bihar. This year Bihar Rural Livihood Promotion Society joined hands in Gyaan Abhiyaan and sponsored the campaign. The inauguration was done by Sri Sanjay Kumar Agarwal, DM, Nalanda by riding a cycle for some distance. From Nalanda Nikhaar Manch Dr. Mithilesh Jha, Akela Ji , Sanjay Kumar and Sangham Bharti joined the yatra. From Saral Services Subodh Kumar Gupta, Shekhar and Vikash Kumar Sahu participated. BRLPS was represented by
Sri SK Agarwal, DM, wished Gyaan Abhiyaan a success and also called for the officials from the education department join in this campaign. Subodh Kumar Gupta explained the background
Of Gyaan Abhiyaan.

DM Nalanda joins the Gyan Yatra


Gyaan Abhiyaan was started in 2010-11. It was a ten day Yatra in which 50 government and non -government schools were contacted. students, parents and teachers participated in this campaign for improving the quality of education in Nalanda district. After the successful completion of the Yatra, a network of people interested in quality education in Nalanda was created through Nalanda Nikhaar, a social forum of parents and teachers.

BRLPS has sponsored this year’s Gyaan Abhiyaan. BRLPS promotes formations of SHG and village organisations for managing the issue of livelihood. BRLPS covers more than 1 Lakh women members who are also parents and are interested in the improvement of education in order to make a difference in the lives of their children. Guyana Abhiyaan is also helped by UNICEF Patna; it has provided documents such as RtE.

district administration has given its active support by involving the education department and providing their schools for the stay of the participants. The first school visited was Dehuda Government Middle School with 700 students. It was encouraging to know that the school had 100% enrolment .
The VIdyalaya Shiksha Samiti appears to be active and the President of VSS, who is also a Ward member, was supervising the mid day meal. The complaints that were voiced were that the hand pump of the school has not been giving potable water and that the number of books distributed has not been uptp requirement. It was also understood that this appears to be a distribution problem as in some schools more books than required have been given
During discussions teachers voiced their concern regarding abdication of responsibility by parents. It is felt that the parents expect the teachers to take all responsibility of children’s attendance in school while children abscond from school and teachers are not able to do much.

Second school visited was Mahanand Middle School. This school has 700 plus students and 100 per cent enrollment. Retention, however, is a huge issue with onlyaround 50 per cent remaining. It was also seen that teachers have used some Teaching Learning Material (TLM) while imparting education.
Sri Arun Kumar Singh District Quality Coordinator and Sri Jayant Kumar Acharya, District Coordinator joined Gyan Abhiyan.
One major issue in this school is that there is no boundary wall.

At night in Bisthapit, there was a meeting with the members of Gram Sangathan, organised by BRLPS. There were around 50 members present. The women expressed their concern that the teachers were scolding the children. This, they feel, acts as a deterrent in the children’s going to school.  The issue of violence in schools, the role of teachers and parents in ensuring attendance of children in schools was discussed in this meeting.

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