Primary Educational Counseling to Sugarcane Cutters [Someshwar Sugarcane Industry]
In Maharashtra, Sugarcane industries start in the month of October. Considering a case of Someshwar Sugarcane industry in Baramati taluka, Pune dist., it is been observed that 269 sugarcane cutters migrate with their families. These families have children in the age group of 0-14 years. This migration affects schooling of children of these migrants. It is observed that 794 children in the age group of 6-14 though might have got some education, but are in the state of despair as change of place and lack of help makes it difficult for them to go to school. This problem that is identified by the Institute needs to be addressed.
The problem so identified is addressed by forming small groups of student volunteers directed by the Institutional staff. As the industry is located in Baramati taluka, convenient weekly visits are done to work on the problems of these people. Understanding people from a crude background and counseling them itself is a herculean task which we try to solve with the help of an NGO i.e. Tata Trusts & Janaseva Gramin Vikas va Shikshan Pratishthan.
The activities undertaken were as follows:
Out of 792, 474 children were admitted by the identified schools which itself is an evidence of success.
Student behavior at home.
Student Behavior at the Institute and at home might be different. Student may be good at the Institute but might not be so at home. Distinctive to our vision we believe in developing the overall personality of our students. This involves assessment of their behavior at their Institute and at home as well.
Institute practices mentorship. Each mentor is responsible for the development of students allotted to him/her. This includes monitoring academic performance and home visits. All the mentors visit the homes of their respective mentees by contacting their parents. Based on the discussions between the mentors and mentees’ parent, mentors carry out a counseling session for their respective mentee. This session is carried out as per the convenience of both mentor and mentee. All the mentors keep in touch with their mentees’ parent to know if there is any positive change in the behavior of the student.
Parent in contact, themselves are happy with their child’s behavior and that positive change of the respective student is reflected by virtue of their participation in the activities of the Institute and their overall behavior in the campus.