Research confirms a strong link between regular school attendance and learning outcomes !
The field staff of the project ‘Parents’ Participation in Children’s Education’ tries various ways to encourage children in Kondhwa and Mohammadwadi area to attend school regularly.
In November, it was announced that all children with 100% attendance each month will be given a prize for that month. This has encouraged all children to attend school regularly with 106 out of 500 children enrolled in mainstream government schools attaining 100% attendance in November and 156 in December! They are felicitated each month in front of all the other children and given a small token of appreciation by their teachers or our field staff.
This has encouraged both children and their parents to be more conscious of regular attendance at schools. As a result there has been an overall increase in the attendance of all children. Of the 487 children who attend school regularly in these 2 areas, 294 children now have more than 80% attendance!