Child Development Programme (VCDP)
Mission Lokasiksha Parishad is the Rural Development
Wing of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur, a
branch centre of Ramakrishna Mission, Belur. Lokasiksha
Parishad has been engaged in rural development for the
last six decades. The avowed objective of the Parishad
is development of the poor, deprived and the suffering
masses by providing education, a constant refrain of
Swami Vivekananda, in all forms, formal, informal,
vocational and technical. Children being the most
vulnerable section of society, Parishad decided to
intervene in the early childhood of the children in the
age group of 2.5 to 6 Yrs., living in inaccessible
remote areas of Sundarbans and other backward areas of
Childhood Education Programme was launched in the year
1987 with the financial support of Ministry of Women and
Child Development, Government of India. This programme
was started in 402 centres spread over 500 remote
villages of 9 districts of West Bengal. The programme
mainly focussed on development of School going habit,
management of malnourished children, hygiene education
and simple pre-school education.
introduction of Integrated Child Development Scheme in a
big way, financial support to such ECE Centres were
withdrawn by the Government of India. With the cessation
of such financial support, Lokasiksha Parishad decided
to run most of such ECE Centres under the Vivekananda
Child Development Programme (VCDP) by community
The major objectives are :-
To make a
solid foundation in pre-school to eradicate dropouts
in formal education
holistic development of manhood by developing right
type of mindset towards, learning, character
child friendly quality pre-school education
the process of conceptual learning from very
beginning of childhood instead of abstract learning
building of parents to cater the child's
educational, nutritional and health needs
community participation in all possible ways.
Services offered through the ECE Centres :-
Childhood Education for one year for children of 2-3
yrs. age group
pre-primary education for children of age group of
toys for learning in play-way method
Preventive health care and maintenance of
nutritional status through growth monitoring
for books, teaching and learning materials, seating
mats etc. are given
Periodical training of ECE organizers/teachers on
early childhood education and management
Developing reading materials and guide books
mothers meeting in each centre giving special
emphasis on awareness programmes like child rearing,
breast feeding, ORS promotion, sanitation practices,
nutrition education etc.
Early Childhood Education Centres are running in 9
districts of West Bengal covering 4628 children. Nearly
90% of the children are mainstreamed in Primary School.
After the initiation of Vivekananda Child Development
Programme, the enrolment of children in such ECE Centres
were 5000 on the average. The children are mostly from
the neighbouring villages around the centres coming from
poor, backward and disadvantaged community.
All the ECE
Centres are in the remote inaccessible village areas
covering nearly 130 villages. The children find such
centres next to their doorsteps and help reduce dropout
to a large extend.
initiative in the village areas has made more and more
children to come to the ECE Centres having found it
almost in the vicinity of their houses. Guardians have
taken great interest in putting their children in the
ECE centres from their early childhood and prepare them
for the primary education in Govt. Schools.
continuation of such initiative in the remote villages
will prepare more and more children of the disadvantaged
poor families from their childhood for mainstreaming
them in the primary schools and motivate them to further
their educational status to the higher level. Had there
been no such initiative of Lokasiksha Parishad the
children would have no access to the arena of education.
are run mainly in the premises of local club
organization with the active participation of the club
members and community people. The community take great
interest in mobilizing children to get them admitted in
the ECE Centres.
Vivekananda Child Development Fund
Realizing the potential, universalization of the
elementary education among the under privileged classes
the Lokasiksha Parishad started the supplementary
education programme, Vivekananda Child Development Fund
(VCDF), from primary education to secondary with
financial support from sponsors. It is a sponsor
relation programme and is aimed at securing support of
individuals, organizations who contribute according to
their might. The programme is part of Vivekananda Child
Development Programme and was launched in 2000 by most
Revered Swami Ranganathanandaji Maharaj, the then
President of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission,
are identified on survey from the poorest families of
remote villages through our Early Childhood Education
Centres. Instead of sending them to other schools, the
children so slated are put in parallel Primary Schools
run by our trained lady teachers under our direct
supervision. After the primary school, the children are
admitted in formal secondary schools for secondary level
of education upto class-X. support is given for books,
exercise books, learning materials, uniform, and dresses
at time of main festival, preventive health care etc.
is given in three phases under VCDF :-
For Pre-Primary to Class-X level.
: For Higher Secondary (XI & XII).
: For Degree/Technical level.
support is given in the following manner:
For Phase-I, a donor may prefer to donate Rs.40,000/- as
one time donation or Rs.5,000/- per year per child till
the child reaches Class-X level.
Phase-II, donation may be made Rs.20,000/- (For Science
Stream) or Rs.18,000/- (For Arts/Commerce Stream) at a
time or in two installments.
Phase-III, donation for this stage is Rs.30,000/- at a
time or in three installments.
Status of VCDF Since 2000
More than 1200 children have been supported so far
Results of Madhyamik Examinations
No. of candidates appeared till 2016 - 427
Passed - 396
Results of Higher Secondary Examinations
No. of Candidates appeared till 2016 - 115
Passed - 100
under Graduation level 24 students have been given
financial support to continue their education. All
of them are studying at different years of under
Biplab Hota, a sponsored student passed the B. Sc.
with Physics Honours in the First Class and also
passed the M. Sc. Examination in First Class
securing 72% marks.