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Akshara believes that apart from the government, the community also has a key role to play in making the dream of universal elementary education in India a reality. Having established structured initiatives in the field, Akshara has now started a Community Outreach Program to involve community members in the education process. This is done in the following way:

Household surveys: A detailed survey of 250 households is carried out in slum areas that are within Akshara’s working zones. Akshara refers to 250 households as one community. The survey identifies all working and out-of-school children in the area, as well as those in balwadis, those attending school, those who are members of libraries etc. Akshara plans to carry out these surveys in different phases, in all its working zones and ultimately the entire city.

Outreach program: An outreach program is conducted for the identified out-of-school and working children, whereby an Akshara volunteer takes language and Maths classes for 3 hours daily, within a flexible schedule. Through this, Akshara aims to ensure that every single child in the area covered receives education. After attending an outreach program for 45 days, the student has the option of joining a regular school or taking open school exams.

Community support groups: Support groups consisting of local leaders, shopkeepers and parents are formed. They support Akshara volunteers in getting out-of-school children to study, and in encouraging parents to send their children to school.

Future plans: Akshara plans to promote the creation of Self-Help Groups (also called Educational Affinity Groups or Mahila Mandals), where women are motivated to support the education of children in their community, thereby strengthening Akshara’s work, and helping in attaining the goal of universal elementary education.

 
       
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