Beti Foundation

Actualizing Growth with Integrity

SANGAM

sangamProject Title: Alternative Learning Centres for Out of School Adolescent Girls (15 to 18 years old)

Location: Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

Slums Covered: Khariya and Sadiyapur

Commencement Date: 1 May 2015

Duration: 3 years

Funding Body: Cassidy Trust, London

Ten Alternative Learning Centres (ALCs) are providing education to girls aged 15 to 18. These girls come from economically deprived families, often Scheduled Castes and Other Backward Castes. An ALC provides conformal (out of school) education in English, Maths, Hindi and Life Skills (embroidery, singing, creativity, gender rights, family education, personal hygiene, cooking, leadership training and basic accountancy). Girls are taught for two hours per day, six days per week. The teaching is based on a curriculum set by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).

BETI is accredited by NIOS to provide teaching according to its Open Basic Education (OBE) curriculum. So far, BETI has implemented 785 ALCs since 2007 with more than 24,000 girls passing through the ALC programme.

Outputs and Outcomes

For each year of the project duration, BETI Foundation will:

  • Conduct a Household Needs Survey in two slum communities within Allahabad.
  • Establish 10 ALCs within the identified target areas.
  • Enrol 350 students (35 girls per ALC) in the ALC programme.
  • Train five instructors to deliver the NIOS OBE curriculum to the students.
  • Conduct an NIOS examination at the end of the academic year and certify those students who pass the examination.
  • Conduct baseline and endline surveys to enable reporting on the ALCs’ performance.
  • Track students who graduate from the ALC programme for one year to assess the long term benefit of the girls’ attendance of the programme.

Therefore, over the three years of this project’s duration:

  • 30 ALCs will be established.
  • 1050 girls will be enrolled in the programme.
  • 15 instructors will be trained to deliver the NIOS OBE curriculum.
  • At least 81% of girls enrolled are expected to pass the NIOS examination at the end of the academic year.

For the sustainability of the project the following activities will be carried out:

  • Community Mobilization: The community members will be sensitized on the importance of education. At every level of the intervention and activity, beneficiaries, their guardians and the local community will be encouraged to participate actively in the ALC. This will be achieved by door-to-door home visits, pamphlet distribution, engagement with local community leaders and articles in local newspapers.
  • Girls passing out of the ALC programme will be tracked for one year to monitor the effect of their improved learning levels and vocational skills.