Nalanda Resource Center

Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world- Nelson Mandela , Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire - William Butler Yeats,   I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework - Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin] ,    The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn - Alvin Toffler ,       Nine tenths of education is encouragement - Anatole France ,       All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth - Aristotle ,         Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual - Arthur Koestler ,          The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men - Bill Beattie ,      A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops - Henry B. Adams



Nalanda’s experience with NGOs in the education sector in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand suggests that very few NGOs are dedicated to the sole issue of quality education. More importantly, NGOs who run education-based interventions often have relatively superficial knowledge, which can be enhanced with definite positive impact on their programs. In this backdrop, Nalanda improvised a special capacity building program for NGOs. The program admits of capacity building inputs for ten NGOs each financial year in three phases of residential training. It is designed to enable the selected NGOs to run quality elementaryeducation based programs and to enhance their internal capacity with this objective.


The program has two thrust areas:

Total 10 NGOs selected each year from Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar for capacity building. NGOs are selected on the basis of well structured selection process criteria. Two to three representatives from each NGO receive three residential training varying between seven to ten days each. Besides various theoretical issues like child pedagogy and child psychology, they are also exposed to various teaching learning practices and provided guidance in documentation and proposal writing. The NGOs are assigned specific tasks based on their training and they are provided guidance to enable them to complete such tasks successfully.  Finally, Nalanda also tries to create interface between the NGOs and various Funding bodies.

A vital aspect of the program is creating a network of NGOs in the states who can successfully run quality education based projects. It is expected that the NGOs will gradually form a platform of good education based interventions in the three states.



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