Intervention in Schools
It is necessary to understand that sports and education cannot be looked upon as two choices rather they need to accepted into school structure as single entity. India passed the right to free and compulsory education act for age group of 6 -14 years in 2009. Since then the government has been pushing hard to get as many students and importantly retain them unto age 14 to complete secondary education.
Though the percentage of out of school children has reduced as seen from the data of District information system for education. India still has 42 million kids out of upper secondary school. More than 90% of kids enrol into primary schooling but more than 40% dropout before moving to secondary schooling.
The Azim Premji Foundation’s study to understand drop out rates found that higher number of boys were `not interested’, whereas in the case of girls the lack of interest depended on parents and economic conditions. Clearly there has been a lot of focus on enrolment of kids into school but a lot more needs to be done to retain them back in schools. Lack of interest to schooling needs to be reduced by providing better interventions to make schools attractive. Another reason for drop out is lack of sector specific skill development in schools, which could make them employable post their secondary education.
A study by Dasra, a non profit based in Mumbai has researched a program “Full Time Education” in Brazil who tried to increase attendance in school by providing extra curricular activities based on sports. More than 8000 students who had dropped out, now are back into school and improving attendance rates.
Our baseline survey covering 30 schools, has indicated a lack of basic sports equipments in around 70% of the schools. And also a lack of sports specific skill in around 75% of the schools. Around 90% of the schools agreed that their physical education teacher occupies more than 60% of their time covering for other academic teachers and doing the operational chores of the school. With around 20% of school having no basic playground. Almost 95% of the physical education teachers agreed that there is lack of incentives for both students and themselves to perform better in sports.
- Zero Drop out rate and re- enrolment of dropped out kids starting from block to district level.
- Supporting the schools by providing sports equipments and the skills required to use these equipments to train - either through up skilling their teachers or through National Sport Corps.
- Creating an incentive structure to not just support the kids to develop skills in sports, but to also incentivise teachers and coaches.
- Substantial increase in provisions for financial support to kids, to support their ambitions of further education.
- Nurturing and supporting organisations to work towards these goals, by using sports as an intervention tool in schools.
- Creating a pay it forward structure to provide a source of qualified teachers, to implement our model across schools, thereby supplementing the annual shortage of around 40,000 qualified sports teachers.