- Kashirampara is a remote location in North Tripura.
- 7,000 children of Reang tribe are currently out-of-school.
- Nutritional requirement of children has not been met adequately.
- Poor school infrastructure, deficient training infrastructure, a depressingly low number of teacher educators, and uneven distribution of teachers.
- The education in this remote rural area, about 80 kilometers from the district headquarters, Dharmanagar, was under the State Government-aided school, all of which are of Bengali medium and mostly meant for primary education with a little scope for secondary education.
- In many places in Tripura, primary and upper primary schools are run in the same building, in morning and afternoon shifts.
- On an average, schools in Tripura function for 22 hours a week for 100 to 284 days in an academic session. This is only half the time prescribed as working hours for teachers as per RTE norms viz. 45 hours a week (although the higher figure includes time that teachers have to spend in preparing for class as well).
- Only 29.8% schools in entire Tripura has electricity.
As a forward move, The Akshaya Patra Foundation recently expanded its reach to Tripura. It is a Social Development Project to bring the tribal population of the north-eastern state of Tripura into mainstream by enabling access to modern education for the children. This project will mainly benefit the children from the Reang (Bru ethnic group) tribal community. Reang are the second largest tribal community of Tripura and are recognised as one of the 75 primitive tribes in India.
Akshaya Patra will be parallelly focussing on:
- Day Schools to create a learning ecosystem. As a pilot, we have set up a basic community school with the capacity to educate 1,000 children.
- Mid-Day Meal Programme to provide adequate nutrition to children. Presently, we have set up a temporary kitchen to serve two schools: one at Kashirampara, and the second at Sadhak Ratan Moni Vidyalaya at Anand Bazaar.