NBJK envisions education as the first step towards development, particularly in the cases of rural children whose parents did not get proper opportunity for schooling.
NBJK runs 5 high schools and 3 primary schools in villages where government schools are distant and even less in number to cover the school going population. These schools are:
Komal Pujan Public School was initiated in village-Silaunja, Bodhgaya from April, 2016 with 221 children in class Nursery-V. Together, these schools provide quality education to 4, 052 children and enabled 456 students to pass 10th class board examination successfully. Surekha Prakash has shown 100% pass rate with all students with 1st division and followed by Amoli Apurva HS with 98% pass rate.
Amoli Apurva and Chandrakala schools have served the purpose of expanding girls’ education very well in their co-educational setup while Birsa and Roshni Dhruv schools are strategically located in the areas where such high schools were demanded repeatedly by the community. This initiative has checked early child marriage and motivated people to include education as an integral part of their lives. These schools are supported by generous individuals like Prakashbhai, Bhawanibhai, Amoli, Apurva, Roshni, Dhruv, Komal, Pujan and funding agencies namely Give India, Action Village India (AVI), Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation and Jhonson & Jhonson.
What is the need?
Jharkhand is lagging on 35th position in the list of Indian states on Educational Development Index (EDI), 2012-13 released by National University of Education Planning & Administration. The EDI comprises of four parameters: Access, Infrastructure, Teachers and Outcomes. In respect to the development of rural, poor and marginalised communities, Jharkhand is one of the most backward states of India. About 50% of the population lives below the poverty line and 85% of the population lives in rural areas.
The dropout rate for Classes I-V in Jharkhand has increased from 9.4% during 2007-08 to 28.4% in 2010-11 respectively. The dropout rates for Classes I-VIII and Classes I-X in Jharkhand during 2010-11 are 45.1% and 69.5% respectively.
Due to long distance of Secondary Schools from villages and engagement of children in household activities, majority of students drop out of schools after class 5. The figure is alarming for girls, as 45% of girls drop out after class 5.
Our Approach and Achievements
NBJK with the support of generous donors, Prakashbhai, Bhawanibhai, Amoli, Apurva, Roshni, Dhruv, Komal, Pujan and with the support of local villagers, who provided land for some schools, started 5 High Schools and 3 Primary Schools. These schools are:
Surekha Prakashbhai, Amoli Apurva and Chandrakala Devi Daga high schools are situated at Chouparan while Birsa and Roshni Dhruv high schools are at Ichak and Churchu blocks of Hazaribag district of Jharkhand State. Though Komal Pujan is a proposed high school at village Silaunja near Bodhgaya but caters primary educational need of the children (Nursery-class V) from villages currently.
Surekha Prakashbhai Public School is equipped with Extramarks Smart Classes to provide these rural children high quality education.
Together, these schools provide quality education to 4, 052 children and 456 students have passed 10th board examination. Surekha Prakash has shown 100% pass rate with all students with 1st division and followed by amoli-Apurva HS with 98% pass rate.
With the support of Give India, Action Village India (AVI) and Jhonson & Jhonson 357 children were sponsored for their education.
Still much to do…