Institute of Social Work - Primary Education Project

Project Brief: Non-formal education centres in and around Kolkata
Project Type: Non-Formal Educational Centers (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: dropouts

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: San Francisco
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Sriparna Majumdar
Project Partner(s): Nupur Sanyal
Other Contacts: Sriparna Majumdar
Project Address: , Institute Of Social Work.,29B, Chetla Central Road,Kolkata,
WEST BENGAL  700027
Tel: 91-33-24796607
Stewarding Chapter: San Francisco
Sep 2016San FranciscoUSD 6227
Aug 2016San FranciscoUSD 10144
Nov 2015San FranciscoUSD 3789
Aug 2015San FranciscoUSD 5115
Feb 2015San FranciscoUSD 1105
Jan 2015San FranciscoUSD 5705
Nov 2014StanfordUSD 2940
Jul 2014San FranciscoUSD 7552
Mar 2014San FranciscoUSD 2493
Oct 2013StanfordUSD 2657
Aug 2013San FranciscoUSD 7234
Nov 2012San FranciscoUSD 1530
Oct 2012StanfordUSD 2860
Apr 2012San FranciscoUSD 2111
Nov 2011StanfordUSD 2400
Jul 2011Work an HourUSD 5866
Nov 2010Work an HourUSD 5000
Oct 2010CornellUSD 2000
Dec 2009PortlandUSD 5580
Sep 2009CornellUSD 5572
Aug 2008Work an HourUSD 2675
Aug 2008Work an HourINR 19421
Feb 2008Work an HourUSD 2675
May 2007CornellUSD 3000
Oct 2006CornellUSD 2000
May 2005CornellUSD 1000
May 2005CornellUSD 1000
Dec 2004CornellUSD 3000
Mar 2003CornellUSD 3100
Apr 2001CornellUSD 3900
Apr 2000CornellUSD 900

Total = $111553.3778

One chapter of the Institute of Social Work (ISW) is in Kidderpore, Kolkata. It is in the heart of the slums in Kolkata's dock area. The Kidderpore school, located in the dock area of Kolkata city, has 3 main sections: a tailoring school for girls, a coaching center for girls of classes 1 to 12, and a center for children who have not yet been admitted to school or are school dropouts. For 2012-13, Asha Stanford will be supporting the Kidderpore center. Please contact Vinod Ramachandran (vinodramachandran1 AT gmail DOT com) for information regarding this, if necessary.

The Barasat chapter of ISW is a transit school which helps drop-outs from the government schools get back into the educational system.

Asha-Cornell has been funding the upkeep of these centers for the past nine years, and the program has blossomed with an increased number of students and an expanded curriculum to accomodate students up to the 10th standard. The school very recently had its first student take the Madhyamik (10th standard board exam), and have several more students scheduled to take it the next time it is offered.

ISW is currently looking for funding to build new roofs, as the current ones are in need of repair and contain unhealthy levels of asbestos. Asha Portland has funded one of two roofs, and the organization is trying to find other sources for the second.
ISW is playing a truly commendable role in running these education centers, mainly by encouraging and inspiring the underprivileged children by adopting non-formal and very innovative approaches.It tries to present learning as a worthwhile endeavor to the students, many of whom have very little incentive to attend otherwise. All the teachers in the training centers are extremely motivated and admirably trained either by the "Barefoot Teachers Training Program" run by Loreto School, Kolkata or have been groomed by ISW themselves.
The Institute of Social Work (ISW) is an NGO based in Kolkata, West Bengal, which works to provide better opportunities to underprivileged women and children. ISW started with a group of young and enthusiastic social workers in 1978 who wanted to work for the socio-economic development of the underprivileged sections of the society, focusing especially on the women in these communities. The Institute operates a number of centers imparting formal and non-formal education to children and vocational training to women. Two of these centers are located in Kidderpore and Barasat. Asha-Cornell has been funding these two centers for the past nine years, and the program has blossomed with an increased number of students and an expanded curriculum.
The school at Khidderpore is in the heart of the slums in Kolkata's dock area. It has three sections: a tailoring school for girls, a coaching center for girls in middle and high school, and a non-formal education center for school dropouts. It also provides vocational training in food processing and baking to adolescent girls.
The Barasat center has formal classes from nursery to class VIII. The school currently has nearly four hundred children in classes from nursery to eighth grade and follows the syllabus prescribed by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education though not formally affiliated with the Board.
According to ISW's research, the parents of the children of served by these projects work in various occupations that provide meager incomes, such as vegetable vending, casual labor and rickshaw pulling. Of the children who attend these schools, more than half are girls. Many students who attend ISW schools receive little academic help at home and find it difficult to continue their education in other schools. Through its dedicated and highly involved teachers ISW provides an environment for drop-outs from other schools to remain in the educational system, and encourages them to continue their education. ISW keeps students engaged through extra curricular activities like dancing, singing, art, craft, and sports.
ISW works actively in the field of women's rights which complements its work in education. ISW's major asset is its dedicated teaching staff: four at Khidderpore and fourteen at Barasat. Teachers visit homes in the area to meet with parents and discuss the importance of education. Their initiative and persuasion has helped bring in children into the education system who otherwise might not have had access to even a basic education.
Jul 2016 2015 ISW Barasat Progress and Funds Utilization Report
Jul 2016 2015 ISW Kidderpore Prog. and Funds Utilization Report
Jul 2016 2016 ISW Barasat Site Visit Report
Jul 2016 2016 ISW Barasat and Kidderpore Steward Reco
Jul 2016 2016 ISW Barasat and Khidderpore Approval Minutes
Apr 2016 2016 ISW Kidderpore Site Visit Report
Jan 2016 2016 ISW Kidderpore Proposal
Jan 2016 2016 ISW Barasat Proposal
Jan 2016 2016 Barasat Budget
Jan 2016 2016 ISW Barasat Additional Questions
Jan 2016 2016 ISW Khidderpore Additional Questions
Nov 2015 Approval-ISW Kidderpore
Nov 2015 ISW_Kidderpore_Proposal (2015-16)
Nov 2015 Kidderpore Photos
Aug 2015 ISW_Barasat (201516)_Approval Minutes
Jul 2015 ISW_Barasat_Q&A_Jul2015
Jul 2015 ISW_Barasat_Proposal2015-16
Jun 2015 ISW_Barasat_Annual Progress_2014-15
May 2015 ISW_Barasat_Cycle 4 (201516) Proposal
May 2015 ISW_Asha SF_ New Project Proposal (2015)
Feb 2015 ISW_WAH_chapter funding_Feb 2015
Jan 2015 ISW_Revised WAH 2014 budget (Jan 2015)
Nov 2014 Stanford_Proposal_2014-2015
Jul 2014 ISW_WAH2014_Approval Minutes_02Jul14
Jul 2014 WAH 2014 budget breakdown
Jul 2014 Asha SF_ISW (Barasat)_Approval of Cycle 3
Jun 2014 SFr_ISW (Barasat)_Cyc 3(14-15)_Proposal (with steward ppt)
Jun 2014 Asha SF_ISW_Cycle 2 (2013-14) Progress& funds utilization
Jun 2014 SF_Barasat Cycle 3 (2014-15)_Proposal Q&A
Jun 2014 Updated_ISW wah 2014 proposal
May 2014 ISW wah proposal 2014
Feb 2014 AshaSF_ISW 6 month progress report_Sep13toFeb14
Jan 2014 Asha SF_ISW (Barasat)_Site Visit_20Jan2014
Aug 2013 ISW_Cycle 2_Poll results
Aug 2013 Stanford_new_proposal_2013_14
Jul 2013 Site-Visit-Report 07172013
Jul 2013 ISW_Cycle 2 (2013-14) Proposal (with additional Q&A)_070113
Jun 2013 ISW_Cycle 1 (2012-13) annual progress
Oct 2012 AshaSF_ISW 6 month progress report_Apr - Sep 2012
Oct 2012 AshaSF_ISW_6month_Funds_Utilization_Report (Apr - Sep 2012)
Jul 2012 Proposal For Khidderpore Center 2012-2013
Jul 2012 Proposal For Khidderpore Center 2012-2013
Jun 2012 Proposal For Khidderpore Center 2012-2013
May 2012 Proposal For Khidderpore Center 2012-2013
Mar 2012 ISW approval minutes_SF
Feb 2012 Site Visit Report 2012
Feb 2012 Site Visit Report 2012
Oct 2011 Kidderpore Budget 2011-12
Apr 2011 Proposal
Jan 2011 Site Visit Report
Jan 2011 Site Visit by ANS
Jul 2010 Budget: July-Oct 2010
Apr 2010 Budget for WAH 2010
Mar 2010 6-Month Report
Jan 2010 Site Visit
Nov 2009 Budget for New Roofs
Aug 2009 ISW_Budget_2009-2010.doc
May 2009 Shiksha Niketan Budget 09
May 2009 SN Budget 2009, part 1
May 2009 SN Budget 2009, part 2
May 2009 SN Budget 2009, part 3
May 2009 SN Budget 2009, part 4
Mar 2009 Annual Report, '08-'09
Mar 2009 Audit Report - Breakup
Dec 2008 Site Visit Report by A.H.
Aug 2008 Progress Report '07-'08
Mar 2008 Statement of Expenditures, '07-'08
Nov 2007 Project Utilization of WAH Funding
Jun 2007 ISW Website
Apr 2007 Project Information
Apr 2007 WAH Budget
Apr 2007 WAH Proposal
Jan 2007 Site Visit Report by A.R., T.G.
Mar 2006 Audit Report, 2006
Mar 2006 Annual Report, '05-'06
Mar 2005 Audit Report, 2005
Mar 2005 Annual Report,'04-'05
Jan 2005 Site Visit Report by A.M.
Mar 2004 Audit Report 2004
Mar 2004 Annual Report, '03 - '04
Mar 2003 Audit Report, 2003
Jan 2003 Site Visit Report by A.M.
Oct 2002 Project proposal
Apr 2002 Project proposal
Mar 2002 Annual Report, '01 - '02
Jan 2002 Site Visit Report by A.D. & S.M.
Mar 2001 Audit Report, 2002
Mar 2001 2001 Brochure
Mar 2001 2001 Brochure
Mar 2001 Annual Report , '00 - '01
Feb 2001 Proposal
Jan 2001 Site Visit Report - photos
Jan 2001 New year card
Dec 2000 Site Visit Report by K.M. & S.M.
Mar 2000 Audit Report, 2001
Mar 2000 Annual report