Quality education is CHINAR’s primary goal and an integral part of all our programs to foster learning, develop skills, and create a better future for orphans, vulnerable children and marginalized youth.

Education Bridge Initiative

The main focus area of CHINAR is to provide quality education to children in general and orphans, vulnerable and out of school children in particular. CHINAR’s education strategy, called the Education Bridge Initiative, has been designed by experienced educationists of the state of J&K. It is reviewed periodically to make enhancements and incorporate relevant best practices.

To improve the quality of education in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, CHINAR collaborates with private / public stakeholders through its Education Bridge initiative in mainstreaming of vulnerable children and providing quality education. This is achieved by catalyzing and coordinating different schemes that already exist in the school system and include activities like remedial education, community mobilization, teacher training – sensitization – motivation – incentivisation – resource and other related infrastructure support like libraries and playgrounds.

The Education bridge initiative aims to strengthen the quality of education by way of:

  • Remedial education for children with low competency levels (drop outs, never enrolled, child labourers etc.)
  • Community mobilization programs to make teachers, parents and the community aware of their role in imparting quality education to children and to bridge the gap especially between parents and teachers.
  • Teacher workshops to build the capacities of the teachers to adopt modern tools and methods of pedagogy so that teachers can deliver quality education.
  • Teacher incentivisation and motivation programs
  • School Libraries and Playground support. Night classes / Non-Formal Education

Girl Education

When you educate a girl, you educate a family. When you educate a girl, you educate a nation. Educating girls is the most powerful and effective way to address poverty. It yields spectacular social benefits for the current generation and those to come. An educated girl tends to marry later and have healthier children. The children she does have will be more likely to survive; they will be better nourished and better educated. She will be more productive at home and better paid at the workplace. She will be better able to assume a more active role in social, economic and political decision-making throughout her life.

CHINAR’s aim is to get more girls into school, ensure that they stay in school and that they are equipped with the basic tools they need to succeed in life.

Department of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) Pilot

As per the latest figures from District Information System for Education-DISE around 63% of child population (primary and middle school) is covered by government schools in the state of J&K. Despite a very healthy budget and multiple well thought out schemes put in place for improvement of the quality of education, children in government schools face many problems resulting in lower performance than their potential. CHINAR is committed to supplement and complement the efforts of the State Government in improving the quality of elementary education in a number of ways. CHINAR realizes the importance of working in close cooperation with the department of school education and it is in realization of this fact that CHINAR has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the department.

Specific objective of the program is to improve the quality of education in government schools in the state of J&K, making it more relevant and responsive to the needs of disadvantaged children; orphans and marginalized children. The programs envisages to develop a close working relationship and cooperation between DSEK and CHINAR to work on our common mission of mainstreaming children of disadvantaged groups including children with special needs and provide quality education in the schools of the state. CHINAR intends to achieve this by focusing on gaps and obstacles in schools and by catalyzing and coordinating different schemes that already exist in the school system.

This is a five year program and will be executed in a phased manner starting with one year pilot program. For the pilot phase or Phase –I, 5 schools from district Srinagar, Budgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Kulgam have been selected for the pilot phase. Phase -II will start after the pilot is declared a success. More schools from five districts will be added to the program in this Phase-II. Phase III is targeted to start after 2 years of Phase II and will include more schools with increase in the number of districts.

Remote Education Sponsorship Program – RESP

RESP was developed to support children from families that have means of livelihood but lack the funds for their children’s education. The program is focused on the quality education and provides the children with basic necessities for education including school fees, stationary, uniform, hygiene kits, and basic healthcare.

After determining the children’s educational levels (educational base lining), an individual plan is developed for each child and implemented in their local school and remedial classes. In order to continue support from CHINAR, the child has to maintain an attendance rate of at least 75% in their schools and remedial classes. Community members, teachers, parents, and senior students are involved in the initiative as mentors to encourage the students. RESP empowers children to reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

Highlights of the Program:

  • Keeping children and families together
  • Identifying deserving children based on a selection criteria
  • Empowering children to reach their full potential by providing quality education & psychological, material and social support
  • Basic healthcare
  • Careful monitoring, evaluation, reporting and recording in order to ensure progress
  • Provide non-monetary support to children
  • Involve teachers, parents, senior students and community members for monitoring and oversight.
  • Establishing community-based projects and coordinating structure to ensure sustainability