Digantar Shiksha Evam Khelkud Samiti was established to provide quality education to rural children in villages around Jaipur. Currently, Digantar's rural education programme has over 600 children in three villages. They develop curriculum, run workshops, conduct education research, and publish an educational journal for children under their two projects: Shiksha Samarthan and a Centre for Teacher Knowledge in Jaipur. The organisation also runs a programme for out-of-school adolescent girls, called Pehchan, which works towards improving the quality of education and the environment in government schools. Digantar works as a resource support agency with several government programmes and they believe that the purpose of primary education is to make children self-motivated, independent learners.
Some of their activities are as follows:
Digantar Vidyalaya: The school is a part of Digantar’s core agenda of developing and promoting an alternative system of elementary education. 600 children are currently studying in 19 groups with the guidance of 26 teachers.
The Academic Resource Unit (TARU): TARU provides resource support to Digantar by undertaking research studies, need based training programmes, teacher education programmes, curriculum development, material development, evaluation and documentation for Digantar’s programmes. TARU also publishes a variety of textbooks and teaching aids designed for the development of children and used in Digantar’s schools.
Certificate Programme in Foundations of Education: They have been organising a Certificate Programme in Foundations of Education, which consists of a series of four workshops, spread over 12 days and covering 3 developmental courses.
Shiksha Vimarsh: A bi-monthly magazine on the theory and practice of education in Hindi that aims to establish a dialogue on elementary education and readers in Hindi.
Income Rs3 cr
Expense Rs3 cr
Source : Audit Report 2014
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