In the past 10 years, while Udaipur’s population has grown by 24 %, the literacy rate has only increased by 3%. As a result, Udaipur’s illiteracy rate remains at a staggering 40%, and nearly 1.5 million people cannot read a street sign. An illiteracy rate so high makes quality primary education invaluable, yet education opportunities are extremely limited in the tribal villages, leaving children with a weak foundation.
JJVS believes progress begins with literacy. We have made a tremendous effort to encourage the people to develop their reading and writing skills by creating non-formal education systems in villages. Through the establishment of 23 non-formal education centers, we have served nearly 600 children, of which 145 were later admitted to government schools. In 2013, JJVS opened Jagran Gurukal Public School, bringing quality education to children in communities with limited educational opportunities.
Committing Communities to Education
JJVS also promotes education through “Shikshadan” whereby people (both male and female) take an oath to God to improve their reading and writing skills over a year. Their first step in Shikshadan is asking an educated youth in their family or village to teach them to write their names so that they can sign documents such as wage payment sheets, agreements, consent, etc.
Jagran Gurukal Public School
We established Jagran Gurukal Public School (JGPS) in the village Kurabar to expand and strengthen the educational support in the communities. JGPS is committed to changing community perceptions on education and providing students with an educational foundation that is equivalent to the best private institutions. As each child has different learning needs, our school will work with the students through hands-on programming that caters to their individual needs to ensure each child have their right to quality education.