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The study was funded by Axis Bank Foundation (ABF) to evaluate the “Quality Improvement in Primary Education” Programme in Nalgonda, Andhra Pradesh (now Telangana), implemented by MV Foundation. Axis Bank had funded the programme for seven
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  BPF Impact Assessment of MVF programme 1/48 Impact Assessment of the Quality Improvement in Primary Education Programme Implemented by  M V Foundation (MVF)  Submitted by  Best Practices Foundation  on  7 January 2014  Authors:  Dr. Sangeetha Purushothaman Dr. Surashree Shome Shruthi Vissa  Data Visualisation:  Sudha Menon  Researchers: AngeliPersand, Akshatha Nagesh  Supported by:  AXIS BANK FOUNDATION    BPF Impact Assessment of MVF programme 2/48 Table of Contents 1. Purpose of the Review ................................................................................................................. 4 2. The Context ................................................................................................................................ 6 3. Impact of the 'Quality Improvement in Primary Education Programme in Nalgonda District‘  .... 15 4. Challenges and Recommendations ............................................................................................ 39 5. Lessons Learnt and Recommendations ...................................................................................... 43   BPF Impact Assessment of MVF programme 3/48 LIST OF ACRONYMS  ABF Axis Bank Foundation ANM Auxiliary Nurse Midwife BC Backward Caste CBO Community-Based Organisation CCE Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation CLAP Children's Language Acceleration Programme CLIP Children's Language Improvement Programme CRPF Child Rights Protection Forum DA District Administrator DEO District Education Officer DPO District Resource Person DO District Officer DPEP Department of Primary Education Programme EFA Education for All EVS Environmental Sciences FGD Focus Group Discussion GP Gram Panchayat GRC Grievance Redressal Committee HM Head Master ICDS Integrated Child Development Scheme MDM Midday Meal MEO Mandal Education Officer MHRD Ministry of Human Resource Development MLA Member of Legislative Assembly MoL Ministry of Labour MP MandalParishad MPDO MandalParishad Development Officer MRO Mandal Resource Officer MRP Mandal Resource Person MVF MumidipudiVenkatarangaiya Foundation NCPCR National Commission for Protection of Child Rights NPEGEL National Programme Education for Girls at Elementary Level NREGA National Rural Employment Guarantee Act PET Physical Education Teachers PHC Primary Health Centre PO Project Officer PS Primary School RBC Residential Bridge Course RTE Right to (Free & Compulsory) Education RTI Right to Information RVM Rajiv Vidya Mission SC Scheduled Caste SCERT State Council of Education Research and Training SF Subject Forum SHG Self-Help Group SI Sub-Inspector SMC School Monitoring Committee SRG State Resource Group SSA Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan ST Scheduled Tribe TFCR Teachers’ Forum for Child Rights TLM Teaching Learning Material TOT Training of Trainers UPS Upper Primary School VO Village Organisation ZPTC ZillaParishad Territorial Constituencies ZP ZillaParishad  BPF Impact Assessment of MVF programme 4/48 1. Purpose of the Review   M Ventakatarangaiya Foundation (henceforth MVF) has been implementing the ‗Quality Improvement in Primary Educati on‘ programme in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh with the support of Axis Bank Foundation (ABF) since August 2007. So far, ABF has sanctioned three projects to MVF - 2007 to 2010, 2010 to 2012, and 2012 to 2013. This report is focusing in particular on the grant period of 2012-1013. However, as the project of 2012-13 is a continuation of previous projects in the area, therefore the findings discussed in this report is not confined to the activities undertaken in the project year of 2012-13 but as a continuation of all the previous  projects. With a core purpose of ‗ensuring every child is in school‘, the objective of the project shifted from ‗empowering schools to deliver quality education‘ in the first project (2007 -2010) to ‗empowering all stakeholders involved in ensuring quality education‘ in the current project (2012 -13). The major objectives of this study are:    To study the aims and objectives of the programme and activities to achieve them;    To study the impact of the programme on children and communities;    To analyse the sustainability of the programme.    To elicit lessons learnt and recommend ways forward for the next phase of project.   1.1 Methodology Axis bank has supported the endeavour of the MVF in three phases: 2007-2010, 2010-12, and 2012-13. The project has covered 156 GPs from nine mandals of Nalgonda district, Andhra Pradesh (See Figure 1: Map of Project and Sample Study Areas). With the help of MVF, six project gram panchayats (GPs) from six different mandals of the district were selected for the study and visited from 4 th  to 7 th  December, 2013. See Table 1 for Sample GPs studied. It is important to mention here that MVF selected GPs for the study; therefore this study uses an appreciative inquiry method to  BPF Impact Assessment of MVF programme 5/48 represent an impact assessment of the best practices of MVF's work and positively biased in favour of the achievements of the ABF funded programme Table 1: Project and sample study sites   Date Mandal Gram Panchayat Groups interviewed Case studies 1  December 4, 2013 Chivemla Chandapatla GP members, SMC members, Teachers and Student communities December 4, 2013 Discussion with Field Staff of MVF 2  December 5, 2013 Thungathurthy Reddy Gudam GP members, SMC members, Teachers and Student communities 4.  December 5, 2013 Arvapally (JajiReddiGudum) Parasayapalli GP Members, SMC members, Teachers and Student Committee Discussion with members of Subject Forums 3  December 6, 2013 Nuthankal Bikkumalla GP members, SMC members, Teachers and Student committee A case study of A. Rajith: A child labour who joined Residential Bridge Course  4  December 6, 2013 Athmakur (S) Gattikal GP members, SMC members, Student Committee   Case study of summer school volunteers   Case study of a CRPF member   A Case study of Mr.Lingaiah: SMC member who used to be a child labourer. December 6, 2013 Teachers Forum for Child Rights (TFCR) 5  December 7, 2013 Munagala Kokkireni GP members, SMC members, school children 6  December 7, 2013 Mandal Education Officer (MEO) of PenpahadMandal, Summer School Volunteers, Youth Groups members, Mahila Sanghas' members, Child Rights Protection Forum (CRPF) members Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and interviews were conducted using a multi stakeholder analysis covering a broad spectrum of stakeholders of the project like, GP members, School Monitoring Committees (SMCs), teachers, school children, members of Children Committees, members of Youth groups, and members of Child Rights Protection Forum (CRPF) at village level. Also, at the district level, group discussions were held with members of Subject Forums, summer school volunteers, members of SHGs, members of CRPF and members of TGRF. The team interviewed the Mandal Education Officer of PenpahadMandal to discuss the issues of children education in the Mandal. Discussions with core team members of MVF and field staff of the project were also conducted to understand the project and its activities. Internal documents of MVF, publications and statistical data along with many other documents and statistics on education are consulted while writing the report.
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