Quality education is an all-encompassing phenomenon that covers a range of factors from representative school management to basic skills of students such as reading and writing. The scheme demands that a host of activities at awareness, action and result levels are to be initiated, executed, monitored and evaluated to ensure that their satisfactory delivery is achieved by addressing the needs of the community.
To this effect, ASN in collaboration with district and community level relevant stakeholders has implemented various activities in a coordinated way as identified through field experiences and demands of the targeted people. The main activities include formation of support structure and mobilization of SMC and PTA, improvement of SIP, educational campaign for retention, school mapping, training and capacity building of SMC, PTA School Head teachers and teachers and community leaders, conduction of SOP, ECD, bridge courses for school drop outs and out of school children, support to the school renovation and infrastructure building, library support, scholarship support, educational materials supports, extra coaching for targeted student, establishment of child clubs and child empowerment centers, establishing institutional linkage with relevant stakeholders , advocacy and sharing of knowledge, monitoring, establishing code of conduct for teacher and students, advocating for school as zone of peace, development and use of IEC materials in local languages, each child monitoring, community monitoring, joint monitoring, action research and policy review etc.
These interventions can be broadly grouped into the areas of capacity building, improvement of local level planning, support for infrastructure development, material development, school governance and management, advocacy and awareness raising, child empowerment, community mobilization, joint/community monitoring and promoting children participation in school activities.
While analyzing the above interventions it becomes clear that quality is a composite and complex phenomenon which can be achieved through the adoption of multipronged approach including intervention at multiple fronts. In other words, interventions to be made are to be need-based, contextual, inclusive, comprehensive, holistic and localized.
The interventions made by ASN for quality education have made major departures from the previous situation of schools, community, children, parents and women. The departures are visible in the areas of regular joint monitoring of children, increased school workdays, reduction of corporal punishment, and community support to children, parental awareness and monitoring and women participation in school affairs. These departures have significantly contributed to increased school enrolment, promotion and retention of children along with their empowerment. This is indicative of the fact that parental and community ownership of school along with their participation has resulted in more enabling school environment-one of the staunch indicators of quality education.