“Pratigya” is committed to Quality School Education for children and runs an innovative project - Education Voucher. Under this Project, children from disadvantaged section get a Voucher with which they can study in a school of their choice. If the child or parent is unsatisfied, they can change the school. Here money follows the child, not the school.
Presently this project is being run by Pratigya in two districts of Jharkhand – Ranchi (urban) and Khunti (rural) covering over 130 students from socially-economically backward families. 80 students from three urban slums, namely Jagannathpur, Ranchi are studying in different private schools with education voucher worth Rs.5,100 (upto) per annum. Similarly 50 students from a village called Chandapara in Lodhma, Karra Block, Khunti District have received Education Voucher and are studying in different schools of their choice.
Initially in the year 2007-08, Vouchers were given to 40 deprived children (mainly tribal), for studying in better school, from Jagannathpur and the number of children benefitted under this programme has reached to over 500 in the recent years. Pratigya intends to include over 1000 children under this project in next 3 years and act as a Policy Demonstrator for sustainable model of Quality School Education on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.
The project is Jharkhand’s first privately funded program that provides financial assistance to parents for sending their children to schools of their choice. An education voucher is a special scholarship given to needy children whose parents are free to redeem it in any school of their choice. School management becomes accountable to parents who are free to seek better quality schools.
Scholarships are awarded to the students from Class I through V, after which it can be extended till standard 10th, provided they meet the requirements of the project. The scholarship covers the annual fees of the school, up to a maximum of Rs.5100/-. In certain circumstances the books are also provided by Pratigya, to extremely poor and needy students, subject to the availability of funds.
Pratigya Education Voucher given to the supported children
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