Present status of the Project PPERA, University of Kashmir, Srinagar (J&K)

News 17th March 2008

Project funded by Goodwill Ambassador to UNESCO and Founder South Asia Foundation.
His Excellency Mr. Madanjeet Singh.

PPERA a novel project funded by Goodwill Ambassador to UNESCO and Founder South Asia Foundation His Excellency Mr. Madanjeet Singh envisages checking school dropout rate in rural and urban areas of Kashmir and Ladakh. It provides better motivational strategies for the universalization of elementary education for the girl child, making available the most attractive and psychologically effective scheme of mass enrolment of children in the age group of 3-6 years in the locality. It also covers their retention for learning in school at advanced stages and encouraging educational entrepreneurship among the rural educated girls.   

The specific objectives of the Project are:

  1. To promote women entrepreneurship in Education in rural and urban areas.
  2. Identifying educationally backward areas and socially disadvantaged group in the area.
  3. Organizing comprehensive training for prospective pre-nursery teachers.
  4. Promote Pre-school education in order to bring down school drop out rate.

Batch Wise details of the Project

1st batch
1st batch started in June 2003.

No. of candidates admitted 33
No. of candidates qualified 31
No. of candidates who opened their pre-nursery schools 25

2nd batch
2nd batch started in June 2004.

No. of candidates admitted 32 
No. of candidates qualified 27
No. of candidates who opened their pre-nursery schools 23

3rd batch
3rd batch started in June 2005.

No. of candidates admitted 30 
No. of candidates dropout 13
No. of candidates qualified 17
No. of candidates who opened their pre-nursery schools 17

4th batch
4th batch started in June 2006.

No. of candidates admitted 35 
No. of candidates dropout 10

It gives me pleasure to mention in this present status report of Project PPERA that so far 52 Phool Bhan Nursery Schools under the banner of Project PPERA, funded by Ambassador Madanjeet Singh have been established in the remote areas of Kashmir. Some more schools will be established by the end of year 2008. There is a team of dedicated staff who work under this Project its due to the combine effort of the PPERA family that 52 schools are functioning so successfully in the remote areas of Kashmir. They are covering district Srinagar, Budgam, Baramulla, Sopore and Anantnag. The team is greatful to Ambassador Madanjeet Singh for providing the vehicle in order to monitor these schools. At present formalities for the registration of these school is being completed in order to get them streamlined with the State Board of School Education  of J&K. some of the schools have already been registered in the formal system of J&K State Board of School Education. The Phool Bhan Nursery Schools have brought revolution in the Pre-nursery education in the remote areas of the valley by providing good education to children by the trained teachers admitted under Project PPERA.
In the year 2007 the first three batches of Project PPERA who have opened their schools were called in groups to attend the refresher course of training in Pre-primary education so that they can run their schools efficiently. This refresher course training proved to be very useful in upgrading their skills.

The modalities are being worked out in order to admit 5th batch of Project PPERA as per the wishes of Ambassador Madanjeet Singh i.e., exchange of girls of Jammu and Srinagar. Once the modalities are final the same will be communicated.