About The School
Rasta Girls School was established in 2007 as a Non-formal Education Center with an aim to educate underprivileged girls in the local community. Within 3 years, the school could make a remarkable stride in the area of girl child education whereby 326 girls (out of 350 total) passed under Open Basic Education Exam run by National Institute of Open Schooling Government India (NIOS).
Where it is located
RASTA GIRLS SCHOOL,
NOIDA - 201301, UP
About The Founder
Mr. K.C. Pant is Honorary Secretary and founding member of Rasta. He has 35 years of experience in social development sector and specializes in community development, education, and training. He passionately strives for improvement in the quality of teaching and learning in classrooms. Some of his unique teaching and learning models are presently used in Rasta School’s Primary classrooms.
He is also an independent Consultant for NCERT, SCERT, DIET, IGNOU, and NIOS. In the past, he was involved in monitoring and evaluation of projects run by organizations such as Room To Read India Trust, Chetna, Salaam Balak Trust, Save the Children, and UNICEF.
Key Facts & Figures
The school is 5 years old and has strength of 477 girls within the age group of 3 to 16 years. It employs 13 teachers to run classes from nursery to 10th standard. For their final exams, students of classes 2nd, 5th, 8th and 10th appear in the National Institute of Open Schooling Govt. India (NIOS).
It is an informal school that charges a nominal education fee from students and the fee is completely waived off for those who cannot afford it.
Key School Needs
How IFG Supports the School?
IFG signed an MoU with Rasta Girls School in November 2014. Since then, we have provided the following support to the school:
1. Power Backup - The school suffers due to erratic power cuts, so much so that the girls had to study in rooms with very low light; also, conducting computer classes became next to impossible. So, to stabilize the condition IFG donated an Inverter (Power backup), which is now being utilized to light up more than 10-12 rooms and provides a steady source of power for the computer center, within the school.
2. Support for Computer Center – During our initial need assessment, we came across few unutilized computers; with the help of our IFG volunteers we were able to get them up and running. To ensure that the girls get comprehensive computer education we have also donated computers to the school.
3. Recreational Activities - Drop out ratio has always been a challenge for Rasta Girls School. To assure that the girls stay engaged and motivated, IFG organized volunteering events in the school. Where our volunteers interacted with the girls, spoke to them about the importance of education and how they can make learning fun. In the future we also plan to organize a sports meet with our volunteers.
4. Material Support – IFG has also donated basic teaching & learning material, along with stationary to the school.