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  Project Name

 

Surodhi Library Project

  NGO

 

Villagers of SurodiVidnyanvahini

  Category

 

Education - Child

  District

 

ahmednagar

  State

 

Maharashtra

  Budget Approved

 

Rs 392950

 

  Year Approved

 

2011

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

  

  Chapter Coordinators

 

RajyaLakshmi A

 

Boise

 

  Caption

 

 

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  Summary

 

 

Over the last six years, Shri Wagaskar and Shri
Karande have been spreading science awareness in local and neighbouring schools
through self made simple science kits. The neighbourhood schools appreciate these
efforts and our teachers are repeatedly invited by schools far and wide to conduct science
workshops and demonstrations. Even the Taluka Education Officer sends other teachers
to visit Surodi to get trained in make simple, cost-effective science models from
throwaway materials. The idea of a hands-on, participatory science activity centre is
appreciated not only by students, teachers and parents but also government officers. Our
teachers are invited as resource people for every single teacher’s training programme held
at the Taluka or District level.
These efforts have been successful in popularizing science amongst rural children. In
the last six years many students and teachers have been benefitted by our science activity
centre. As a next step we wish to start a small library (Balwachanalaya) in the school
premises. The villagers have seen our past performance and are willing to provide free
land and also some monetary contribution. So far we have collected Rs. 25,000. But the
people are willing to donate more money for the Children’s Library. We propose to build
a 600 sq. ft. room with simple furniture like tables, chairs, cupboards and shelves. We
already have a collection of over 2000 good children’s books. Now we wish to expand
the library so that children and teachers not only from Surodi but also from neighbouring
schools can benefit from this resource library.

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

In the year 2000, some youth from Surodi decided to improve their village’s plight. They had heard about the famous social worker Shri Anna Hazare of the village Ralegan Siddhi, 65 km. away in the adjacent Parner Taluka of Ahmednagar district. Anna Hazare helped develop Ralegan Siddhi into an “Ideal Village” of Maharashtra. The Surodi group hired a vehicle and took 80 young and old men and women from Surodi to visit Ralegan Siddhi. They also visited another Ideal Village Hivre Bazar in Nagar Taluka (75 km) spear headed by Popatrao Pawar. The visitors were extremely impressed with the watershed and overall development of these Ideal Villages. At the end of the tour Anna Hazare spent time with the Surodi villagers and explained to them how the local people participated and helped in the development of Ralegan Siddhi. This trip and the talk by Anna Hazare deeply inspired the Surodi people who decided that they too could similarly develop Surodi. Surodi being a rain-shadow area, their first priority was watershed development. Surodi’s annual rainfall is about 350- 400 mm. Since farming was the main occupation in the village, the top priority was to conserve rain water for more and better crops especially for post-monsoon farming and water for household consumption. With help from Vidnyanvahini (NGO in Pune) and financial support from Association for India’s Development (AID), USA, we built and repaired 17 small, medium and large size cement and earthen bunds at select locations in Surodi. The villagers helped with free or minimal cost labour and some also made donations which have added up to Rs. 1 Lakh over the years. Because of the self-help spirit of the people the government too helped with 5 additional Nullah bunds. As a result, 80% of the rain water was impounded and stored in bunds thus raising the ground water level and keeping the wells full. This helped Surodi get rid of the water tankers from the civil administration. With abundant water, the village got high farm yields which resulted in raising the income level of most farmers. At present farmers in Surodi individually own 19 tractors, 4 JCB, 5 Tempos and Jeep. The village sells an average of 1000 litres of milk per day. There are scores of cell phones and many two-wheelers in the village. The total income of the village has more than quadrupled in the last six years. For example, last year Surodians sold 125 tons of onion in the city market. Since the years 2000 and 2005 all elections in the village have been won unopposed and all the liquor shops have been shut down with active support of women. The primary school of Surodi has now become a model for the whole Taluka, more about which follows soon. A paved road now links Surodi to nearby towns and highways. State Transport buses make two daily trips to Surodi. The Surodi School: The village has a modest population (859) and so it can only support one primary school (grades 1 to 4) which is run by the Zilla Parishad. Four years ago, two young teachers named Shri Wagaskar and Shri Karande were transferred to the Surodi School. Both of them are very energetic with novel ideas to help create interest in education among the students and parents. They regularly participated in various taluka and district level educational activities. The Surodi School has won taluka level first prize for three consecutive years for science exhibits. In one of those years they also won the First prize at the district level, the Fourth prize at the Maharashtra state level. They were also selected for the National level Science fair. This year in June 2011 two girls from Surodi scored 92 and 91 percent marks in the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination (10th Class). They have created a school science activity centre (Vidnyan Khelghar) for the children to experiment and play with scientific toys. Using locally available material, they have created 150 science toys. There are two telescopes and two computers and the school library has over 2000 books. The school courtyard has nine outdoor play equipments like - see-saw, swing and slide. These were procured out of money saved from an earlier grant given for Surodi’s development. The two teachers spend extra time at the school and also help children in neighbouring villages to learn science through experiments. Shri Wagaskar has a bag with 50 toys which he carries on his own motor cycle to adjacent village schools to demonstrate science topics through actual models. He has so far reached over 1, 25,000 students and 8,000 teachers within Maharashtra and other states. All this extra work is done in their spare time after attending the regular school. We strongly felt that if we establish a permanent science and play centre for children in the Surodi school campus, it would immensely benefit thousands of children in and around Surodi by providing them with learning opportunities. Last year with the help of Association of India’s Development (AID) USA and Vidnyanvanini, Pune we completed constructing the building of the Science Activity Centre. It has over 200 Hands-On Science Experiments made from commonly available materials like old plastic bottles, straws, broom sticks old news papers, old cycle tyre tubes, film roll cans etc. The children happily attend the school every day without fail because the school has become a very exciting place for them. The children come to school much before the morning school bell rings and they hang on for hours even after the school is over. The teachers and villages have supported us to the hilt in this mission. They not only helped physically but also collected one lack rupees as cash and provided tractors and JCB machines free of cost. Many District Officials have visited Surodi on several occasions. They have admired the selfless work and have encouraged teachers of other towns to follow the Surodi School model. Proposal

 

  Goals

 

 

Over the last six years, Shri Wagaskar and Shri Karande have been spreading science awareness in local and neighbouring schools through self made simple science kits. The neighbourhood schools appreciate these efforts and our teachers are repeatedly invited by schools far and wide to conduct science workshops and demonstrations. Even the Taluka Education Officer sends other teachers to visit Surodi to get trained in make simple, cost-effective science models from throwaway materials. The idea of a hands-on, participatory science activity centre is appreciated not only by students, teachers and parents but also government officers. Our teachers are invited as resource people for every single teacher’s training programme held at the Taluka or District level. These efforts have been successful in popularizing science amongst rural children. In the last six years many students and teachers have been benefitted by our science activity centre. As a next step we wish to start a small library (Balwachanalaya) in the school premises. The villagers have seen our past performance and are willing to provide free land and also some monetary contribution. So far we have collected Rs. 25,000. But the people are willing to donate more money for the Children’s Library. We propose to build a 600 sq. ft. room with simple furniture like tables, chairs, cupboards and shelves. We already have a collection of over 2000 good children’s books. Now we wish to expand the library so that children and teachers not only from Surodi but also from neighbouring schools can benefit from this resource library.

 
 

  


 
 
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