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Asha for Education TM P.O. Box 322 • New York • NY 10040-0322 www.ashanet.org Please attach additional sheets wherever necessary. Thank you for your time and patience. Name of the organization ETASHA Society Date of establishment 17.01.2006 Location Delhi Description of area Project Manzil 2 for providing Counselling Services in Schools is focused on schools catering to youth of low income communities and slums in the neighborhood of our Centers in Madanpur Khadar and Khanpur catering to students from the geographic areas of Madanpur Khadar Extension 1 & 2, Madanpur Khadar Village, Pul Prahaladpur, Govindpuri, Kalkaji, Okhala, Sangam Vihar, Khanpur, Tigri, Dakshinpuri and Madangir. Contact person(s)_____________________ Dr. Meenakshi Nayar Address ETASHA Society, E 48 Greater Kailash- 2 Enclave, New Delhi, India 110048 Phone number 011-29221320 / 21 /22 Number of children currently enrolled in the project – Project Manzil 2 was to continue providing Life Skills Development, Career Guidance and Counselling Services to students of schools in low income communities in which Project Manzil was implemented in 2016-17. Project Manzil 1 implemented in 2016-17 set the stage and prepared the ground for effective functioning of a Counseling service in 8 schools. Given the small numbers available per

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Application for Project funding

Asha for EducationTM

P.O. Box 322 New York NY 10040-0322

www.ashanet.org

Asha for Education

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Please attach additional sheets wherever necessary. Thank you for your time and patience.

Name of the organization ETASHA Society

Date of establishment 17.01.2006

Location Delhi

Description of area Project Manzil 2 for providing Counselling Services in Schools is focused on schools catering to youth of low income communities and slums in the neighborhood of our Centers in Madanpur Khadar and Khanpur catering to students from the geographic areas of Madanpur Khadar Extension 1 & 2, Madanpur Khadar Village, Pul Prahaladpur, Govindpuri, Kalkaji, Okhala, Sangam Vihar, Khanpur, Tigri, Dakshinpuri and Madangir.

Contact person(s) Dr. Meenakshi Nayar

Address ETASHA Society,

E 48 GreaterKailash- 2 Enclave,

New Delhi, India 110048

Phone number 011-29221320 / 21 /22

Number of children currently enrolled in the project Project Manzil 2 was to continue providing Life Skills Development, Career Guidance and Counselling Services to students of schools in low income communities in which Project Manzil was implemented in 2016-17.

Project Manzil 1 implemented in 2016-17 set the stage and prepared the ground for effective functioning of a Counseling service in 8 schools. Given the small numbers available per school in the NGO Schools, it was decided to restrict Project Manzil 2 to the 5 Government Schools, while continuing to run the Counselling Cell set-up last year in Nirmal Sewa, an NGO-run school. Further, based on the experience of the previous year, the limited period in which students are avilable for extra-curricular work, as well as the limited time schools are willing to spare for Life Skills Development and Career Guidance, it was proposed to restrict the project to students of classes 8th to 12th in 5 schools, Moreover, because of the criticality of Career Guidance for students of 10th and 12th, it is proposed to conduct only Career Highway Workshops for them.

The schools covered in Project Manzil 2 are:

1. Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Madanpur Khadar (GBSSS, MPK)

2. Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Madanpur Khadar (GGSSS, MPK)

3. Government Boys Senior Secondary School, G Block, Saket(GBSSS, G Bl.Saket)

4. Government Boys Secondary School #2, Khanpur (GBSS #2, Khanpur)

5. Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, Hakikat Rai (SKV,HR) (Girls Secondary school )

6. Nirmal Sewa - Counselling Cell only

At the proposal stage, we had expected to cover a total of 3885 students, including 2825 for Life Skills and 1063 for Career Guidance. But on starting the project, a total of only 3685 students were available to be covered in this project including 2843 for Life Skills Training and 842 for Career Guidance.

Table 1 Total No. of Students to be Covered

Name of School

Life Skills

Career Highway

No. of Students to be covered

No. of Students to be covered

GBSSS Madanpur Khadar

606

34

GGSSS Madanpur Khadar

866

331

GBSSS G-block Saket

438

302

SKV Hakikat Rai

374

141

GBSS Khanpur No-2

528

-

Total

2812

808

Current Girl/Boy ratio

The girl/boy ratio here is 44: 56. Details are:

Total of 1240 girls are to be covered in GGSSS Madanpur Khadar and SKV Hakikat Rai, being all-girls schools.

Total of 1572 boys are to be covered in GBSS Khanpur School No-2, and GBSSS Madanpur Khadar and GBSSS, Saket being all-boys schools.

Current Teacher/student ratio

In Project Manzil, all Career Highway Workshops are conducted by a team of two Counselors and around 40 students are covered in each. In Life Skills Workshops, depending on the session one or two counsellors work with around 20 students. As such, the overall teacher- student ratio remains below 1:20.

Over all school attendance percentage not available

Medium of instruction

Hindi is the primary medium of engagement in all our Workshops in all the schools.

Below are some general questions regarding the project. Since your feedback is valuable to us, please make your answers as detailed as possible.

Details on the Project

Objective Project Manzil aims to provide Life Skills and Counselling Services in Schools in low income communities. This Project involves providing counselors to multiple schools on a rotation basis to enable availability of high quality counseling and guidance for holistic development to large numbers of students without the need for the school to invest too much.

Key Activities The main activities in the project include:

1. Getting permission from Delhi Government for working with Government Schools in our target area.

2. Gaining acceptance from and drawing up MOUs with 5 Government schools in the project area for conduct of the project. The MOU defines the role and responsibility of the team of School Counselors as well as those of the school.

3. Conducting Workshops for different classes on broad issues of relevance such as:

a. Intrapersonal Development & Confidence Building A series of workshops on

i. Listening skills,

ii. Team Work Skills

iii. Recognizing emotions

iv. Recognizing strengths

v. Giving and receiving help

vi. Growing up and Adolescence

b. Career Guidance Workshops for 10th & 12th class students

4. Being available for Individual Counseling for students who seek help on their own or as referred by teachers. The range of Counseling Services on offer will include

1. Assisting students, parents and teachers resolve behavioral issues,

2. Assisting schools to identify and address disabilities that affect students' learning,

3. Liaising with other agencies concerned with the well-being of students,

4. Assisting parents or care givers to make informed decisions about their child's education, and

5. Individual as well as group counseling for right subject and career choices.

Status of Project

Project Manzil 1 had formally gotten over by July 2017 but approval for Project Manzil 2 was received only on 20.11.2017 and the funds were received on 24.11.2017. However, to maintain continuity with the students, project activities were continued even while awaiting approval for Project Manzil 2 to. Also, we had initiated the process of renewal of Government Permission for working with students of Government schools in April 2017 and the Government permission was received on 08.08.17. All of this had been discussed with our Project Steward.

As such, the Project period is taken as August 2017 to July 2018. This report therefore is for the 6-month period from August 2017 to January 2018.

Activity-wise, the status is as follows:

1. Permission was received from Delhi Government for Conducting Workshops in 10 schools in 2017-18 on 08.08.17.

2. MOUs were drawn up and signed by each of the 5 Government School Principals and the Principal of Nirmal Sewa.

3. Conduct of Workshops

Life Skills Workshops began in August in some schools, while others gave time only October onwards. Career Guidance Workshops were conducted for 10th & 12th students mostly between October and December.

A detailed school and class-wise listing of students available & covered is given below:

Table 2 School-wise, Class-wise Students available & Covered

Life Skills Workshops

GBSSS Madanpur Khadar

GGSSS Madanpur Khadar

GBSSS G-block Saket

SKV Hakikat Rai

GBSS Khanpur No-2

All Schools

Class

No. Available

No. Covered

No. Available

No. Covered

No. Available

No. Covered

No. Available

No. Covered

No. Available

No. Covered

No. Available

No. Covered

8th

160

117

302

289

119

100

165

153

233

224

979

883

9th

270

189

320

0

178

0

209

194

295

220

1272

603

11th

176

50

244

0

141

0

na

na

na

na

561

50

606

356

866

289

438

100

374

347

528

444

2812

1536

Career Highway Workshops

10th

Covered in Manzil 1

92

48

72

65

141

37

Covered in Manzil 1

305

150

11th

na

na

na

na

107

78

na

na

na

na

107

78

12th

34

0

239

167

123

92

na

na

na

na

396

259

34

0

331

215

302

235

141

37

0

0

808

487

As stated in the Proposal, we had not expected to be able to cover more than 70% students or 1990 (given the absenteeism rates noticed in these schools last year) attend any of the Life skills workshops. As against this we have already covered 1536 students through some of our Life Skills workshops without having been able to address all the classes (numbering a total of 883 students.

In terms of absolute numbers, in 6 months we have covered 54.6% students of the total number of available students in Life Skills Workshops, and 487 students or 60% in the Career Highway Workshops

As for the number of Workshops to be conducted, the data is given in Table 3 below:

Table 3 School-wise no. of Workshops Required and Conducted

Life Skill & Career Highway Workshops

Name of School

Life Skills

Career Highway

No. of Workshops required

No. of Workshop held

No. of Workshops required

No. of Workshops held

GBSSS Madanpur Khadar

144

33

0

0

GGSSS Madanpur Khadar

204

30

7

4

SKV Hakikat Rai

90

57

3

1

GBSS Khanpur No-2

121

60

3

3

GBSSS G-block Saket

114

9

5

6

Total

673

189

18

14

As can be seen from the Table above, we have focused on conducting the Career Highway Workshops, knowing that after January schools will not allow time with 10th and 12th standard students taking their Board Examinations in March- April. While the number of workshops seems small, but each workshop engages the students for 10 hours or 2 full school days and a team of Counsellors for 4 full days.

4. A Counselling Cell has been operational in Nirmal Sewa, where a Counsellor is available in the school every Wednesday morning since May 2017 and are continuing once a week whenever school is functioning. Some students have sought time with the counselors on their own, several have been referred by teachers and sevral have been identified by the Counsellors during their conduct of the Workshops. Occessionally the counsellor also engages students of different classes in interesting behavioual exercises and games.

Long-term goals of the project (mention any changes you foresee)

The Goals of Project Manzil include:

1. To assist in the overall social, psychological and behavioral development of young underprivileged students.

2. To provide them with a space where they can start a reflective and reflexive process about their self and emotions.

3. To assist them in dealing with behavioral and adjustment issues

4. Involving parents and teachers in the effort to strengthen the childs support systems.

Description of current school facilities (building, equipment etc)

1. GGSSS, Madanpur Khadar - The school has spacious classes but there are very few classes with benches and tables available to the students. Most of them sit on the mats on ground. There is often no electricity and the classes have a gloomy look to them.

2. GBSSS, Madanpur Khadar This school shares the infrastructure with GGSSS, Madanpur Khadar, where classes for boys are held in the 2nd shift, while classes for girls are held in the first shift.

3. GBSS, Khanpur School No 2- The school has some classes with benches but not in a very good state. The computer lab is not used and the conditions of the classes are not good. But there is a new building under construction to expand the school.

4. GBSSS, G-Block, Saket- The school is in good shape. The classes have proper benches and tables, and science and computer labs are also available. Though the labs could use some improvement but still they are used by the students. The school has good infrastructure and playground with good supportive staff.

5. SKV Hakikat Rai, Khanpur-The morning shift of GBSS Khanpur School No 2 is called as SKV Hakikat Rai School and it is a girls school. Both of the schools share the same premises as a result the condition is same as above mentioned.

How do you need to improve these facilities?

Not relevant out of scope of project

How do you think the school has improved in the 6 months?

We have interpreted this question as referring to the impact the Life Skills Workshops and the Career Highway Workshops have had on the students covered.

A. Impact of the Career Highway Workshops can be sampled from the summary of Feedback of 30 out of 37 10th standard girl students of SKV Hakikat Rai covered in Career Highway Workshop on 4.10.2017 & 07.10.2o17

1. Has the Workshop helped you to identify the right Career(s) for you?

S. No.

Comment

No. of Responses

Percentage

1.

Yes, clearly

21

70%

2.

Somewhat

08

26.66%

3.

No

01

3.33%

2. Value of Career Highway Workshop:

S. No.

Comment

No. of Responses

Percentage

1.

Excellent

07

23.33%

2.

Very Good

14

46.66%

3.

Good

08

26.66%

4.

Average

01

3.33%

5.

Unsatisfactory

00

00

3. What you liked most? In the participants words

yeh humare sapno ko aur achhe se present karta hai.

Seven test jo ki bahut majedar the aur bahut maza aaya.

Jo Jaanakri humare career ke liye mili.

Isme test achha laga aur ruchi shamta batayi gayi career bhi achha laga.

Mujhe isme sabse achha laga ki isme jo test hue, unse mujhe apna level pata chala ki mai kahan stand karti hun.

Mujhe sabse achha laga apne bare mei jaana, aur mai kaun sa kaam achhe se kar sakti hun.

Hume apne career ke bare mei jaanne ko mila aur jo humne kabhi nahi socha weh bhi.

Mujhe sabse achha is workshop mei apne career ke bare mei janna aur jaankari ekatrit karna achha laga.

Mujhe apne bare mei maloom hua aur jaldi se jaldi test dene mei achha laga.

Mujhe sabse achha book fill karna aur test dena achha laga.

Workshop ne humare career ko jaanne mei madad ki ye achha laga.

Mujhe apne bare mei soch kar likhna achha laga.

Apne bare mei jaanna, apni ichhao ko pehchana.

Mujhe is workshop mei sabse achha laga ki isme mujhe apne bare mei pata chala aur aage chal kar mai kya ban sakti hun.

Mujhe sabse achha yeh laga ki pehle test hua aur fir intrest aaya fir hume apna career pata chala.

Mujhe apne baare mei jaanna achha laga aur apne sapne ko pehchanna.

Mujhe sabse achha laga hume apne career ke bare mei information dena.

Mujhe is workshop mei tab achha laga, jab hume humare career ke bare mei bataya aur samjhaya.

Mujhe isme achha yeh laga ki hum apni life mei kya banna chahte the.

5. Clarity of Career Highway Workshop in terms of presentation and instructions?

S. No.

Comment

No. of Responses

Percentage

1.

Excellent

12

40%

2.

Very Good

15

50%

3.

Good

02

6.66%

4.

Average

01

3.33%

5.

Unsatisfactory

00

00

6. Specifically, how did this workshop help you? In the participants words

1. Sahi jaankari dekar aur uski information dekar.

2. Yeh hume jab aage ki filed mei jaynge to hume college dhudne mei ya kuch bhi pareshan hona nahi padega.

3. Isse mujhe mere career ko chunne mei aasani hui aur mujhe apni yogyata pata chali.

4. Isse mujhe ye madad mili ki mujhe pata chala ek achha career kaise bana sakti hun.

5. Mujhe lagta hai ki mai in jaankariyon se ek achhi fashion designer ban sakti hun.

6. Humare aane wale career ke liye madad karegi.

7. Is workshop mei mili jaanakri ne hume humare career ka chunav karne mei madad ki.

8. yahan humare ruchiyon ve shamta ke hisab se naukariya chunne ki yogyta maloom hui.

9. Is workshop se mili jaankari mere future mei aage jane ke liye career banana ke liye madad karegi.

10. Shiksha de kar madad karegi.

11. Hume apna profession chunne mei madad karegi jo aage jake humare liye labhkari hoga.

12. Is workshop se hume apne career ki jaanakri mili, bahut achhi baate batai.

13. Hume kahan par jakar naukari milegi aur hume kaun sa vishye lene hai.

14. Is workshop ne hume humare career ki aur humari apni pehchan bhi di hai.

15. Yeh humari career ke bare mei batane mei madad karegi.

16. Isse hume apne careers ke bare mei gahrai se jaanne mei madad mili, isse hume iske avsar shiksha rah ke bare mei pata chala.

17. Is workshop se mili jaankari aise pata chali ki hume apne career ke bare mei information provide kiya us dauran un career par focus kare.

18. Yeh workshop hume humare career ko pehchan kar us par chalne aur age badhne mei madad karegi.

19. Mujhe shiksha pradan kar ke sahayata karegi.

20. Hume ye madad mili ki hume kya naukari karni hai.

21. Sahi jaanakri dekar aur uski information dekar.

6. Suggestions:

Aapko har school mei jana chahiye.

Sab Bachho ko lapto dena chahiye.

Jo shiksha hume di hai aur bachho ko bhi de, jisse ki unke career ka pata chal sake.

Is workshop ko aur behtar karne ke liye is tarah ki workshop hamesha honi chahiye taki bachoon ko jaankari mile.

Ye batana chahiye ki hum kya behtar kar sakte hai.

Isme ye jaankari batai jaani chahiye ki aage kya vishye lene chahiye.

Is workshop ko har mahine dena chahiye.

B. Impact of the Life Skills Workshops can be seen from interviews with 2 boys and 2 girls, which are given below:

1. 13 -year- old, Sachin Kumar, Class VIII, GBSS #2 Khanpur

Q. Tell me about yourself

I am in class VIII. There are five members in my family. I have an older sister and a younger brother. My father is a compounder at a hospital and my mother is a housewife. We moved to Delhi six years ago. We are from Muzaffarpur, Bihar.

Q. Which sessions have you had so far and what were they about?

We have had almost 6 sessions. We had a class on teamwork, on listening, knowing our strengths, in one class we learnt that we should respect ourselves and each other and not fight. There was also one on taking help, where we learnt that we shouldnt feel ashamed to ask people for help, and we should also help them. There was also one class where we could ask about the body and about sex.

Q. Why do you think you have these classes?

We have these classes so that we can know more about the world and we can make better decisions in our future.

Q. Which class was your favourite?

I liked the class on sex and the body.

Q. Is there anything specific that you learned from the session?

A lot of things which I didn't know became clear. We learnt that girls have only X (chromosome). If a boy gives Y (chromosome) then the baby is a boy if he gives X (Chromosome) then its a girl. Nobody can choose this so it's not a mothers fault if people don't have a son.

I liked this class because we were given a sheet of statements and we had to pick from options of agree, disagree or I don't know. One of the statements was Sex is bad and I ticked agree. But Maam said this is not true. If both the girl and boy agree to do it and it is safe, it is ok. But if even one person doesn't want to do it, then it is forcing and not good.

Another statement was Periods are bad. I ticked I dont know because I didn't know what periods are. Then Maam explained how every 28 days all women get periods. I asked my older sister about it, but she didn't know and she has not had these classes. I asked my teacher also to understand more so she said that every month the impurities in a womans body come out through periods and that this is natural.

Q. How do you think these sessions will help you?

I think these sessions help us to be more respectful and they clear our doubts.

2. 12-year-old Momeet, VIII- C, GBSS #2 Khanpur

Q. Tell me about yourself

I study in VIII-C. My class teachers name is P.C. Meena. I have three brothers and I am the youngest. My father is a shopkeeper and my mother is a housewife. My family is from Moradabad. My parents came to Delhi a few years before I was born.

Q. Which sessions have you had so far and what were they about?

We have had many sessions on being respectful, knowing our strengths and taking help from others.

Q. Why do you think you have these classes?

So that we know about our strengths and learn how to talk to others. Also, if we get into difficult situations, we should think with a calm mind and not get angry. We should also not hesitate to take help from others and help others in turn too.

Q. Which class was your favourite?

I liked the session on giving respect.

Q. Is there anything specific that you learned from the session?

Before I would talk to my brothers rudely and I would fight with them. But in the class, Maam said that if I give people respect, they will respect me too. One of my brothers is in the other section and he also had the same class, so we both talk to each other respectfully now.

Q. How do you think these sessions will help you?

I know my strengths now. I know that I am a good singer, I can cook well and that I am very helpful. When my mother gets sick, I cook food at home. My brothers used to make rice and daal and I watched them and learnt how to cook too. So, I can also learn things very fast.

3. 15- year-old Laxmi, Class IX, SKV Hakikat Rai

Q.Tell me about yourself

My name is Laxmi. My father is a gardener and my mother is a housewife. My family is from Bihar. They moved to Delhi, a few years before I was born.

Q. Which sessions have you had so far and what were they about?

We have had sessions on teamwork and knowing our strengths.

Q. Why do you think you have these classes?

We have these classes so that we can know about things beyond our studies.

Q. Which class was your favourite?

I liked the class on strengths.

Q. Is there anything specific that you learned from the session?

I learned that it's important to respect everyone. Some people are good at studies, but other people are good at different things and we should appreciate then encourage them to develop their skills.

Q. How do you think these sessions will help you?

I think these classes help me be more confident. When I know my strengths, I can feel more confident. They have also made me more interested in talking to my classmates and learning about their interests.

4. 14- year-old Sneha, Class IX, SKV Hakikat Rai

Q.Tell me about yourself

My name is Sneha. My father is an auto driver and my mother is a housewife.

Q. Which sessions have you had so far and what were they about?

We have had a session respecting and helping each other, teamwork and recognizing strengths.

Q. Why do you think you have these classes?

We have these classes so that we can become more confident.

Q. Which class was your favourite?

I liked the class on strengths. I don't get good marks but ma'am complimented me in front of everyone because I am a good dancer. I really felt good.

Q. Is there anything specific that you learned from the session?

In the class on respecting each other, we had a group discussion. I was really impressed with the way some girls shared their views. They were so much better than me. It made me realize that other people know a lot, and we should ask them for help and learn from them. That is how we can all support each other and grow.

Q. How do you think these sessions will help you?

I think these classes will help us to think about our future. Studies are not everything. There are things like art, cooking, dancing which we can learn and be good at too.

What are the problems you have faced in the last year?

Scheduling of workshops continues to be a challenge in implementing this Project. A large number of days are unavailable on account of holidays, school events, prep. Time for examinations, examinations and vacations apart from pressure to complete the CBSE Curriculum.

The process gets smoothened if the Coordinator appointed by the school is positive, attends our workshops and takes feedback from students

How would you rate the overall effectiveness of this project over the past year?

Effectiveness of this project can essentially be assessed on 3 parameters:

1. Acceptance of Counseling as a normal process of support needed by a young person and required to be given by a school.

2. Mind-set and behavior change seen in students as a result of the Life Skills Workshops

3. Clarity regarding career choices and future in the High School students

Our assessment of each of the 3 items is given below:

1. Acceptance of Counseling has become much higher in some schools as compared to others and is pretty good in 2 of the 5. We find that it increases as class teachers take feedback and listen to the students, attend our workshops and interact with the counsellors.

2. Responses of students about the changes in their thinking and behavior can be gauged from transcripts of interviews written in answer to the Question How do you think the school has improved in the 6 months? Item B

3. Details relating to item 3 have been given in answer to the Question How do you think the school has improved in the 6 months? item A above.

How much longer do you foresee requiring Asha funding, and for what purposes?

This project needs to be implemented atleast for 3 years to demonstrate the impact. We would strongly urge Asha For Education, SFO to consider funding for the 3rd year also.

Current expenditure details

Project Manzil 2

Funds Requirement

Cost Heads

Basis

Amount (in Rs.)

Actuals Aug'17-Jan'18

Project Manager's Salary

Rs. 18,333 per month on the basis of salary of

Rs. 55,000 per month for 10 days

2,17,800.00

1,15,500.00

Counsellors' Salary

3 counsellors @24,000 & 1 Counselling Assistant @12,000 for 12 months - 9 months in programs and 3 months on updation and modification

9,36,000.00

4,94,800.00

Local Travel of Counsellors

150 per day for 15 days per month for 3 persons for 9 months

60,750.00

27,400.00

Administrative support

Rs. 5,000 per month for 12 months

60,000.00

30,000.00

Stationary and Career Highway materials

600 Career Highway materials @ Rs4,00 each + Rs. 2,000 per month for Life Skills Training

2,64,000.00

2,52,000.00

Infrastructure - phone & internet

Rs. 1,000 per month for 12 months

12,000.00

6,862.00

Total

13,32,750.00

9,26,562.00

Current total income of your project -

Rs. 13,32,750.00

Please give us details on the sources and amounts of funding the project receives

The entire funding for Project Manzil 2 is from Asha For Education, SFO.

Percentage of funds currently sponsored by Asha

100%

Is there any other feedback you would like to provide to Asha?

We are extremely grateful for the support from Asha For Education, SFO, and from Ms. Sindhu Kashyap.

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