Guidelines to avail volunteers Services in TS Schools to implement VSV ProgrammeGuidelines to avail volunteers Services in TS Schools to implement VSV Programme/Certain Guidelines to MEOs and HMs of selected Schools for Vidyanjali programme: As far as teaching in schools is concerned, the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009 has stipulated clear guidelines on minimum qualifications to be laid down for persons to be appointed as teachers. In alignment with the provision of the RTE Act, 2009, the National Council for Teacher Education has laid down minimum qualifications for a person to be suitable to be a teacher at the elementary level in Government Schools. Additionally, the Centre and States organize the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) which is mandatory for candidates to pass before they can be appointed as teachers. The purpose of a Volunteer at a school is to strengthen and enrich the implementation of co-scholastic activities. Volunteers would be able to bring diverse talents and skills, thereby making valuable contribution to the learning process at school.
TS SSA, Rc.No.1668/SSA/T6/2016,Dated:12.08.2016. Subject: SSA-Telangana-Pedagogy wing- Communication of instructions and guidelines to avail services of selected volunteers in PS and UP schools to implement Vidyanjali - School Volunteer Programme - Reg.
All the District Educational Officers, the Principals of DIETs / CTEs and the Project Officers of SSA in the state are informed that you are aware that MHRD launched Vidyanjali - School Volunteer Programme to enhance community and private sector involvement in Government run elementary schools across the country under the overall aegis of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. The important aspect of this programme is to use the services of various types of persons like retired teachers, Rtd government officials including retired defence persons, home makers, and students etc. in government schools to help the children in studies.
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Meanwhile the Districts have conducted orientation meeting on Vidyanjali to HMs, MEOs and did propaganda through news papers and SMC meetings and invited applications from volunteers asking for their voluntary services in schools. Volunteers came forward and submitted the application forms to concerned MEOs and HMs and they are eager to start the work in schools. The guidelines and application forms for volunteers are available at SSA website www.ssa.tg.nic.in or at MHRD website vvww. vidyanjali. mygov. in.
In this regard the DEOs and POs of SSA are instructed to avail the services of volunteers in the selected schools on the following items (As per Vidyanjali guidelines). Volunteers under the Vidyanjali programme will offer their services to government schools (Elementary) without receiving compensation. The Volunteers will conduct one or more from among the below mentioned co-scholastic activities with children in standards 1 to 8.
Therefore the District Educational Officers, Principals of DIETs / CTEs and the Project Officers of SSA in the state .are requested to give instructions and guidelines to MEOs and HMs to avail services of selected volunteers. This has got the approval of the State Project Director
Therefore, the volunteers will not teach any subject in school or take regular class. The following are some points to keep in mind while availing the services of the volunteers
1. While the teachers in schools are responsible for all teaching-learning processes, a Volunteer at a school could enrich the teaching–learning process by conducting co-scholastic activities.
2. The volunteers will therefore be engaged for co-scholastic activities and not be a replacement for the regular teachers and neither will they be involved in any kind of formal teaching.
3. Volunteers under the Vidyanjali programme will offer their services to government schools without receiving compensation. The Volunteers will conduct one or more from among the following co-scholastic activities with children in standards 1 to 8.
a. reading to children;
b. helping children with creative writing;
c. public speaking;
d. play acting;
e. preparing story books with children;
f. model making;
g. counselling for academics, life-skills and
h. music and dance
4. Requirements of a Volunteer
Volunteers who wish to apply for the programme would be expected to patiently encourage children to do their best; want to offer a listening ear; and can be flexible and adaptable to the student–teacher environment.
The three skills expected in a volunteer are:
a. PATIENCE – It is important to be prepared to progress slowly and steadily, and be able to cope with possible lapses by the student(s).
b. EMPATHY – Have an unbiased, friendly outlook. Volunteers need to accept that children are sometimes shy, embarrassed, and tentative or can be overly assertive, just as some adults may be.
c. LIFE EXPERIENCE – Volunteers should be able to share their life experiences, challenges and skills with students, impart their wisdom, and an ability to provide a positive role model.
5. The volunteers will work only during the working hours of the school. They will have the choice to work for select hours or for the entire day.
6. The activities will be conducted in the school premises, with oversight by the school Head Teacher.
7. The volunteer will interact with students in group activities only.
8. The volunteer can bring the reading materials in which case, the reading material used for activities with children should be appropriate for the age group and conform to the constitutional values and the National Curriculum Framework. The material for children could be in English, Hindi, Urdu or Telugu
9. At the end of the volunteering period the volunteer would be expected to submit a report of the activities conducted at the school.
10. In case of all girls schools, only female volunteers would be allowed.
11. The volunteers are requested not to offer gifts to individual students or teachers. Only very small and inexpensive gifts which are in the nature of mementos would be allowed to be received from the volunteer, but these need to be handed over to the Head Teacher.
12. During the volunteering period, on the advice of the Headmaster, the MEO has the discretion to ask that the services of the Volunteer be discontinued.
13. The programme will not cover any costs of the Volunteer including local travel. Any expenses will have to be borne by the volunteers themselves.
14. In case the Volunteer organizes any activities with children, it would be desirable that they bring all the required material for the activity eg books for reading; stationery for writing; toys for role play etc.
15. The volunteers may like to take photographs or make videos or write blogs to document their experience of working with children. They may do so with the approval of the Head Teacher and the M.E.O., and these shall be handed over to the MEO for uploading on the MyGov.in portal where space will be provided for these to be uploaded. However volunteers would not be allowed to share these through their personal social media accounts. This measure is only to ensure safety and privacy of the young children in school, which is of the utmost importance.