Rachel Cooper is a former intern who wrote her master’s thesis on teacher absenteeism and accountability. She is based in DC and is a consultant for the World Bank.
Home: Kadod, TA. Bardoli, DI. Surat
School: Kadod High School, 8th Standard
I think that education is the most necessary part of our life. Education is an important part of
becoming something in a life. A person who is uneducated is like water in vessel, unaware of the
things happening in his surroundings.
This picture shows poor tribal students studying in Tadkeshwer, at Tadkeshwer Vibhag High
School, District – Mandvi. It proves that education is not only for rich children, but even poor
students have the right to study if they have support.
Many countries of the world are doing work in this field, including the Indian government. Our
government has started free classes and education camps for children and adults who cannot go
to school. In this way, the government educates tribal and backward students because this is the
only way to help any country progress. In short, education is the only way to survive this quickly
evolving world, because only an educated person can face any difficult situation.
My dream is to be a doctor, but first I want to work for backward and tribal students to educate
them. Only through education of all people can India succeed and bring new hope for society.
August 11, 2016
Monitoring and Evaluation Report
In the summer of 2016, the Nanubhai Education Foundation (NEF) spent approximately three months running a scaled down monitoring and evaluation (M&E) program. This is the third consecutive year that NEF has collected data for the purposes of M&E.
The data collected largely supports the idea that this program is beneficial to scholarship recipients. Based on information related to income and parental levels of education, it is likely that NEF’s program is also having a positive impact on scholar’s families. However, family members were not interviewed this year so, at this juncture, the specific way in which they were assisted cannot be determined. It was also unclear how communities were impacted as data was not collected from those outside of scholars’ families.
It was determined that 73.6% of 2016 NEF scholars for which we have data are first generation college attendees. This is an increase on 2015’s scholars, 67% of whom were first generation college attendees.
Data indicates that recipients of NEF scholarships genuinely need the support provided. The majority of 2016 scholars’ fathers are farmers or laborers and their average level of
education is 8th standard. Almost all of the mothers are housewives, and their average level of education is 7th standard. Additionally, the average annual income for the family of a 2016 scholar is Rs. 27,158, or $1.11 USD per day.
Our scholarships are critical for many girls because they can equal more than the total sum of this amount. When discussing their motivations for getting an education,
many scholars indicated that they would like to improve their lives, gain independence, and get good jobs. Overall, one of the more notable shifts in responses from 2015 to 2016 was
an increased interest in helping one’s family, community, and society, and contributing to progress and gender equality in India. 44% of scholars believe that creating change in society
and encourage equality between men and women is the main reason why girls in India should go to college, and 11% of respondents listed getting an education to help your families, communities, and/or society as their main advice for girls who would like to go to college. 11% of respondents stated that they would suggest that other girls apply for NEF
Overall, the data collected this year suggests that recipients understand the social and economic value of their scholarships, and that they are interested in not only improving their own lives, but in acting as contributing members of their families, communities, and society and creating a stronger and more equal India.