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ECS entered into an MoU with the Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, Nagaland Education Mission Society on the 31st Oct 2019 to run residential girls’ hostel in 4 District of Nagaland, namely Tuensang, Mon, Longleng and Kiphire. ECS further have an agreement with the local Churches Associations for the implementation of the same in a few selected villages. These local partner associations include Konyak Baptist Churches Association, Phom Baptist Churches Association and Sangtam Baptist Churches Association. This arrangement was done for better implementation of the program with regards to hands-on management, and to enhance accountability and ownership at the community level. Additionally, the Tribal Associations also assists in the management and quality control of the hostels.
The project aims to engage with the community to bring about holistic growth of the children and in this, the hostel follows the ECS Sochum model (refer to our Education Programs page). The involvement of parents is another focus area and for which we hope to form them into units that will assist the curriculum on the life skill development of the child.
50 girl students (from classes 5 to 10) from underprivileged families were enrolled into each of the 4 hostels. Each hostel is managed by 3 part time teachers, 2 helpers, and a warden.
When the students were first enrolled into the hostel, many of them being first generation learners with inadequate home environments in terms of academics and encouragement to study, had several issues at the initial stages of being enrolled into the hostel. A majority of the girls had reading and writing in-capabilities. However, through rigorous tutoring and mentoring provided by the subject teachers as well as the hostel staff, the girls now show remarkable improvements.
Their extra-curricular activities include indoor and outdoor sports, art and craft-making skills, and even painting and drawing classes. The girls also actively participate in various activities such as singing, drama, and other activities. They perform in various functions and celebrate important and significant days of the year such as National holidays, festivals, and other important days such as International Women’s Day.
Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) have been formed in all the hostels wherein the association has at least one parent representative as the chairperson of the PTA. The PTA also includes at least one teacher from the village government school and staff from the hostel.