Community

The community of Parel over the last 4 decades has grappled with poverty and despair. As the ‘80s mill crisis loomed, it created a loss of income for millions of migrant workers and dashed any aspirations they had. The children of these mill-workers, being our school parents, had to survive their childhoods battling these challenges. Due to the lack of educational opportunities, they were no better off in the employment market than their mill-working parents. Currently, they are manual laborers with low-income and very little income security. The unfortunate decline of Marathi medium schools, coupled with a drastic drop in quality, exacerbated the lack of educational opportunities for their children who are our students. Despite Parel being in an area with a high HDI of 0.64 (Mumbai ranges from 0.02 to 0.96) there is a vacuum of quality schooling for the underprivileged children of this area.

 

 

School Management Committee (SMC)

As per the RTE, the SMC has a participation of women, staff and representative of local government. The meetings are held in accordance to the legal requirements. We have a robust and proactive SMC since 2010. The SMC actively participates in the management of school functions and supports various activities like annual day organizing and project day.

We salute our engaged and conscious parent body and welcome suggestions.

The strong support and cooperation of the parents over the years has channeled the growth of the school to what it is today. Not only are we fully engaged with the parents but also have a good standing in the community. The local representatives of the community share a good rapport with the school parents and management.

The children at SBPMPS come from challenging background of dire poverty and deprivation. They are mostly within walking distance of the school and are the residents of the neighboring slum communities. Most of the parents are low tier domestic workers, drivers and casual labourers.

We at Educo understand the importance of parent’s engagement in the daily tasks and events. This way parents have a sense of ownership on the school. Our community coordinator and social workers conduct the following activities to engage with the parents and ensure an involved parent body.

The Right to Education Act 2009, envisaged that parental involvement in children’s education through School Management Committees. The aim was to shift accountability to schools’ largest stakeholders which is the children being represented by their parents. The idea was to improve governance at the school level and subsequently improve learning outcomes. The School Management Committee (SMC)s have been given power to plan for the expenditure of money at the school level and monitor school level activities – such as teacher attendance, the Mid-Day Meal process amongst other things. They were formed to accelerate bottom–up planning and formed an important link in the process of decentralized planning, implementation and monitoring in the government education system.

As per the RTE Act 2009, SMC has a participation of 50 percent of female parents, staff and representative of local government. The meetings are held in accordance to the legal requirements.
We have a robust and proactive SMC which was first initiated in 2010. Since then the SMC actively participates in the management of school functions and supports various activities such as annual day organizing.
We salute our engaged and conscious parent body.

School Management Committee (SMC):

 

Educo’s mission is to create a school which is in every sense a Joint Venture between the parents and the NGO. We recognize the role of the parent being integral to the development of the child.  All parents are expected to be in full communication with the school, attend all meetings and understand the philosophy on which the school is based. We salute the parents and believe that well aware and enlightened parent body that supports the endeavors of Educo, is the impetus the school needs to achieve its vision.

The landmark Right to Education(RTE) Bill 2009 further reinforces the crucial role of parents as stakeholders in the school via the School Management Committee. The RTE Act, envisaged that parental involvement in children’s education through School Management Committees will improve governance at the school level and subsequently improve learning outcomes. SMCs have been given power to plan for the expenditure of money at the school level and monitor school level activities – such as teacher attendance, the Mid-Day Meal process amongst other things. They were formed to accelerate the process of a bottom – up planning and formed an important link in the process of decentralized planning, implementation and monitoring in the education system.

As per the RTE, the school management committee (SMC) has a participation of women, staff and representative of local government. The meetings are held in accordance to the legal requirements. We have a robust and proactive SMC since 2010. The SMC actively participates in the management of school functions and supports various activities like annual day organizing and project day.

We salute our engaged and conscious parent body. We welcome suggestions.

 

Events and Daily tasks:

 

We at Educo understand the importance of parent’s engagement in the daily tasks and events. This way parents have a sense of ownership on the school. Our community coordinator and social workers conduct the following activity to engage with the parents and ensure an involved parent body.

  1. Home visits
  2. Monthly workshops with parents
  3. SMC formation and governance protocols
  4. Event Engagement, participation of parents in various school events like Women’s Day, Annual Day, Project Day.
  5. Parents Teacher Meetings and Open Forums.

Parents are an important part of the Educo programme, with high engagement shown by almost 100% turnouts to our annual events. Additionally, the monthly parent teacher meets see a 90% attendance. The teachers of the organisation talks about their monthly lesson plans and make sure that the parents are also aware what their children are learning in the school.

The strong support and cooperation of the parents over the years has channeled the growth of the school to what it is today.Not only are we fully engaged with the parents but also have a good standing in the community. The local representatives of the community share a good rapport with the school parents and management.

Hr Policy A Staff Welfare

(Given the philosophy of creating a culture of excellence Educo strives to provide a conducive work culture with professional HR services and a staff welfare program.

The staff welfare program entails tea and hot breakfast for our teachers who start their day at the crack of dawn to be in school at 7:00 am.

Educo takes great pride in its people and believes that happy and motivated employees are a key to successful organisation. There are training and development opportunities provided to teachers throughout the year. In addition, birthdays of staff members are celebrated by everybody. We also organise picnic for the staff that is eagerly awaited every year. We arrange a structured induction program twice a year, which involves many activities and the prizes for it include movies and outings.)

A feather in our cap is our Teacher Performance Management system developed in house, that factors in various parameters. These also include tying in teacher performance to third party assessments.)

Hr Policy A Staff Welfare

(Given the philosophy of creating a culture of excellence Educo strives to provide a conducive work culture with professional HR services and a staff welfare program.

The staff welfare program entails tea and hot breakfast for our teachers who start their day at the crack of dawn to be in school at 7:00 am.

Educo takes great pride in its people and believes that happy and motivated employees are a key to successful organisation. There are training and development opportunities provided to teachers throughout the year. In addition, birthdays of staff members are celebrated by everybody. We also organise picnic for the staff that is eagerly awaited every year. We arrange a structured induction program twice a year, which involves many activities and the prizes for it include movies and outings.)

A feather in our cap is our Teacher Performance Management system developed in house, that factors in various parameters. These also include tying in teacher performance to third party assessments.)