Who we Are
RBKS believes that education and health is constitutional right of the people and its provision is a fundamental duty of the state and civil society RBKS was initiated as a crusade against ignorance. Today a number of inspired and adroit alumni are serving the society and are involved in the process. The initial years of RBKS focused on Education as primary sector, while now it applies the principles of integration.
RBKS has adopted a participatory and people centered approach directed to protect basic rights of people living in poverty through awareness and empowerment. Our main strategy is to develop linkages with various government schemes and other opportunities through collaboration. For RBKS, education is a facilitation tool to address the aspects of right to participate; to information; freedom of expression; of assembly and of association for marginalized people whose voice is never heard by the dominant classes. During recent years RBKS started playing role of empowerment of deprived part of community dalits, women, physically challenged and children around development services and basic right issues. RBKS seeks to improve the overall status of rural communities especially tribal through creating awareness and capacity building of providers.
In the year 1981 Pt. Jeevat Ram Sharma (Babuji), first time started imparting education to 17 tribal children at the personal level that has now flourished to post graduate level. During 1990 RBKS initiated addressing the issue of education, livelihood, poverty and rural development to find solution for problems pertaining to degradation of land, water scarcity, livestock productivity, work opportunity, and exploitation by moneylenders.
Pt. Jeevat Ram Sharma (Babuji) founder of RBKS always quotes: “Children are future of our nation; their growth plays a vital role in the development of our country. Development means increasing not only access to education but holistic development.
Our Target Group
Schedule Tribe (ST), Schedule Caste (SC),Other Backward Class (OBC) and Resource Poor Person constitute most population of the operational area, who depend on agriculture and allied activities for sustaining their livelihood. Degradation of the natural resources is an acute problem in this area. Issues such as soil erosion, low soil fertility, water scarcity, exploitation of natural resources, water management, agriculture and livestock management, women and child development, health hygiene and sanitation are the other major concerns. People are overloaded with crisis, and the problems are intensifying on a regular basis. As far as education is concerned, lack of basic awareness and absence of necessary linkages between the different levels of education is main drawback. Thus dropout rate is very high especially among girl children. The discrimination for education between male and female child is very common. Although there are primary schools in villages, enrollment of girls is very low owing to ignorance of parents and societal pressures. Physically, the area is characterized by undulating uplands with high slopes carved out with separate barren hillocks and valleys where villages are scattered in small hamlets. It is part of a semi-arid climate with an average rainfall of 600 mm per year and precipitation on an average of 25 to 30 days spread over the four-month monsoon period. The maximum temperature is 48ºC between May and June and the minimum year round is 6º C in the winter.
RBKS is working to extend its experiences and program activities through supporting CBOs and small NGOs in 21 districts of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, which are socially and culturally homogenous. Besides this we are also working at Haryana and Chhattisgarh state and doing monitoring and need assessment in whole India.