Education Resource Centre (ERC)

Location: Vill: Daulatpur, PO:Pailan, Via-Joka District – South 24 Parganas Kolkata – 700 104, West Bengal, India

Tel. +91 (0) 033 2497 8192/8206,Fax: +91 (0) 033 2497 8241

Email: erc@cinindia.org

Year of establishment: 2010

Total no. of staff: 1

Area coverage: Diamond Harbour Sub-Division in South 24 Parganas District, 6 blocks of Murshidabad, 5 Wards of Kolkata Municipal Corporation,3 Wards of Siliguri Municipal Corporation, 3 blocks of Uttar Dinajpur district, 6 blocks of Malda district in West Bengal and 3 Districts in Jharkhand.

Population coverage:20248 children in the 2-16 year age group

Overall objectives: Education Resource Centre (ERC) has been established to guide programme development. CINI Units in Jharkhand, Diamond Harbour, Kolkata, Murshidabad, North Dinajpur and Siliguri are engaged in a variety of interventions in the area of education. ERC supports field operations with respect to planning, capacity building, implementation, monitoring and liaising with the government and other implementing and donor agencies. It provides technical assistance and supportive supervision. It further guides in MIS management and programme reporting.

It also aims to strengthen capacities and facilitating networking among project partners. It finally acts as a clearing house for information and knowledge on issues pertaining to the right to education and prevention of child labour.

CINI’s community-based Early Childhood Stimulation (ECS) and Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) approaches for the children within 2 to 6 years age group have been commended by the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT). They have contributed to framing the National ECCE policy and curriculum with the Woman and Child Development Ministry of the West Bengal Government. CINI has also developed the Manual for observing monthly ECCE Day at ICDS level.

Our Learning Centre model for girls’ education in Diamond Harbour and Murshidabad Districts has been appreciated as a good practice by government and donors.

Our accelerated teaching methodology has been appreciated by the PaschimBangaSarvaShiksha Mission and has been partly included in the special training curriculum under Right to Education (RTE).

CINI’s efforts to help schools adopt a Child Friendly School approach have been acknowledged as an effective model.

CINI also works as a facilitator for system strengthening towards compliance of RTE Act. CINI’s initiative of strengthening the management system of 60 primary schools in Malda district along with introducing and regularising the observation of monthly ECCE Day in 25 ICDS centres of Malda in collaboration with the district administration have been a great success.

The initiative of running two residential schools under SarvaSiksha Mission’s innovative project for underprivileged urban boys and girls have got special appreciation of govt. of West Bengal. CINI has also been identified as a resource agency for capacity building on RTE in Kolkata and Murshidabad.

The ERC has established strong linkages with the West Bengal Right to Education Forum and has been identified as the State Secretariat member of the forum.

Name of person in charge:Jayeeta Ganguly

Masters in Social Work with 12 years’ experience of working in both government and non-government organisations.