Jeevan Sangham, Bodhgaya Organizes Children’s Day Celebration

Gaya District of Bihar is very historic with the district being the land of Budha’s enlightenment. The area stands out with extreme poverty and migration. The district has a scheduled caste population of 29.6% (census 2011) of which majority is Bhuias, one of the lowest in the caste trunk as well as in all socio-economic indicators. In spite of Right to Education, the quality of education and proper implementation of RTE is a major concern in the area, along with other concerns of improper functioning of the government schools and Anganwadi Centres.

With a new project with the support of NEG-FIRE, Delhi, in Sherghati block of Gaya district, Patna Jesuit Society (PJS) with REAP and Jeevan Sangham Bodhgaya has a specially designed innovative educational spread out to 20 Bhuiya hamlets/ villages. The aim of the programme is to create a conducive environment for quality education belonging to this community by way of building awareness, promoting quality education through supplementary education centers (SEC), formation and strengthening of CBOs to promote local leadership from the community and by building collaborative relationship with government machineries to improve educational environment for entitlements of children.

As part of the programme on 24th November we had sports cum cultural day to celebrate as ‘Bal Mela’ (Children’s Day) where children from different SECs participated. The BEO (rep), the elected representatives of several panchayats, and the coordinator of ‘Tola Sewaks’ of the block, were present as special guests on the occasion. The children had such a celebrative time. A small step towards empowerment! Thanks to NEG-FIRE for its continued support.