During this long journey, CYSD has been able to establish itself as a state level centre for resource, capacity building and action research in primary education. Meanwhile it has also become an expert evaluation agency for literacy programmes in the country. Apart from this, CYSD has an enriching experience in programmes like community participation and management, early childhood care, child rights and citizens’ initiative building.
In ensuring quality education, CYSD has faced challenges from many quarters of which the most critical has always been to ensure the participation and ownership of the stakeholders, more importantly the tribal communities to translate the noble ideas into action. It has been challenging to watch minutely and consistently work towards positive outcomes.
To make education more useful to the community, and to help the cause of social equity, databases need to be developed for creating reference points to measure progress, especially the ‘retention status’ in project as well as partners’ areas. There is a need for a focused intervention for addressing dropouts. CYSD has succeeded in addressing issues of active community participation, regular reference to the quality package, involvement of Panchayat Raj Institution members, large scale training of teachers and educated volunteers, intensification of advocacy efforts at local level and massive resource convergence. It has also succeeded in addressing information gaps and in developing linkages.
- CYSD has been able to help directly and indirectly enrol 98532 eligible children in the age group 6-14 in Primary schools.
- The Education Resource Unit of CYSD has trained 447 teachers and 178 government functionaries for effective management of the EGS programme in 11 districts.
- Learning materials have been developed in three indigenous languages (Santhali, Munda and Desia) for Primary schools children to promote tribal education.
- Total 308 village level institutions have been capacitated in tribal areas to monitor schools.