Education has remained the focus and mainstay of all of Agragamee’s activities. IT has been our firm belief that the right kind of education will empower people. Our experience has shown us that tribal people find it difficult to relate to the present system of education and that they need an education model that would address their needs, Keeping in mind the particular conditions prevailing in our area of operation, we have attempted to involve the community and the teacher in creative and innovative processes of learning.
Agragamee has included many Alternative Education Centres (AECs) and District Resource Units (DRUs) in the past as part of its Adult literacy programmes. The Village Education Committees (VECs) too took up advocacy projects on education in tribal areas. Political literacy has always been an inherent aspect of the training at the AECs. Income Generation Programmes (IGP) and their training have been facilitated in over 9 districts through the AECs. This also attempts at making the schools a self-sustainable initiative.
Agragamee has constantly focused on the capacity building of progressive youth and women for their socio-economic development. Over the last three decades, many workshops and training have been conducted to impart education on different vocations, government schemes and programmes and health and hygiene. The training programmes have also focused on leadership, communication skills, use of land, water and forest. The trainings emphasise on the villagers’ role in the Panchayati Raj Institutions, forest protection, education in tribal areas, credit groups and entrepreneurship development, health and improved agriculture.
From the 1990s to the present, Agragamee has conducted various camps around issues like voter awareness, women’s rights, environment protection, legal aid, motherhood and child literacy amongst others. It has stretched across all of Agragamee’s outreach areas in Rayagada, Kalahandi, Nawarangpur, Mayurbhanj, Koraput and Ganjam.
Agragamee is also a partner NGO with the Ministry of Human Resource Development on the development of State Resource Centres in Odisha. The SRCs will provide academic and technical resource support to adult education programmes mainly through organization of training programmes, material development, innovative projects, research studies and evaluation.
The districts under Agragamee’s area of Operation are:
These SRCs are a part of the National Literacy Mission and will aim at reaching out to thousands of adults through IEC materials, trainings and village level meetings. The SRC programme lays emphasis on information dissemination for better access to government programmes and schemes.