Through your support of Seva Mandir's Send a Child in India to School for a Year Program, children such as Roshan, pictured in the yellow shirt, are given an opportunity that they may otherwise never get, to develop a love of learning.
Roshan studied at Losing Dhana Shiksha Kindra (previously known as Non Formal Education Centre) from the age of seven. He is now 12 years old and attends secondary school in Level 9. He loves learning and likes Hindi, Maths and English. The impact of the SK (Shiksha Kendra) does not stop with Roshan, however. His father is a labourer who fits water pipes so he is away from home a great deal; he encourages Roshan to go to school and has even said he will punish him if he does not attend - an indication of how much he values education for his son. Although his parents are not literate Roshan reads with his younger brother who is currently studying in the SK; he wants to encourage him to progress in school as well.
Thanks to your support of Seva Mandir's SKs, children like Sanjay who face numerous disadvantages that might keep them from ever attending school have the opportunity to receive an education and encourage their brothers, sisters and fellow community members to do the same. In this way, the impact of the Shiksha Kendras are felt beyond the walls of the classroom and create ripples of change for their whole community.
With your support, Seva Mandir hopes to create communities where every child has the opportunity to develop a love of learning. We thank you for your support of this program and children like Roshan.
Wish you a very Happy Holiday Season!
Thank you for your continued support to our project ‘Send a Child in India to School for a Year’.
With your support we are about to begin a new year and are excited about the hopes and challenges it will bring. And at this yearend, we would like to share half yearly progress report of this project. We have attached the progress report for you to know how exactly YOUR support is creating real change. Below is the snapshot of the progress report:
We are able to make these progresses because of YOU.
And in this holiday season you can help us make more exciting progresses by doubling the impact of your donations.
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We look forward to your support and thoughts on this report. Once again, wish you a very happy holiday season to you and your family.
I am here again to share with you happiness, light and tranquility on this Diwali from over 5,000 tribal children who you send to school every day in our area.
Diwali is a festival of lights and candles. It symbolizes the fact that there is more good in us than bad and that we all have to keep working on it. This is what you have been doing for all these children by ensuring quality education and inspiring their teachers to keep engage with their students in joyful learning. The problems in this world are endless, the struggles break us down everyday and yet we all come together to support each other. This is the message we bring from all the children and teachers from our area.
Happy Diwali to all of you and we also wish you a great year ahead.
With warm regards,
P..S. Find more about Diwali here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diwali
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For the first time in three years, Githmal did not go to Gujurat to work in the cotton fields. His eldest brother, who usually tends the fields at home, has gone in his place. In Gujurat he made 100 rupees a month, 20 of which were deducted for meals and accommodation. In the end, he received closer to 80 rupees a month. At 13 years old, Githmal has only attended one month of school several years ago. His inability to read, write or count proved especially challenging during his work in Gujurat where he was not quite sure if he was receiving fair wages for the work he was doing and could not fully advocate for himself.
When he was still an infant, his father developed a mental illness and was unable to work or care for the family. Githmal and his elder brother were then looked upon to financially support their mother and two younger sisters. Over the past year and a half, however, Githmal’s sisters, who are now older, have begun helping their mother at home, tending to the livestock (2 oxen and 5 goats) and fields. One of his younger sisters, Lanka, is also attending camp with him. Lanka also attended a Shiksha Kendra/NFE last year.
Both his mother and brother urged him to attend camp this year after a Seva Mandir Zone coordinator visited their village to inform the community about the upcoming camp. Before coming to camp he considered enrolling in a local Non-Formal School like his sister. Yet when he went, he was discouraged by how young the children were and felt that he was too old to join the class. When he saw the bus loading up to take children from his village to the residential camp at Kaya this month he saw that there were older children and thus felt at ease about attending.
Githmal likes his teachers, the camp and the atmosphere at the residential learning camp. He is enjoying both Hindi and Math subjects. He does not want to return to work in the cotton fields and is hoping to enroll in an NFE and tend to the field at home. He would like to continue his studies even after marriage and would like to marry an educated girl. Yet he is not sure whether that will ever happen. When asked about what he would like to become, Githmal responds with a stark wariness beyond his years “I don’t want to dream big. I will take things as they come.”
Inspirational stories, like Githmal’s, are not in short supply at Seva Mandir. Each day teachers and other stakeholders of the education provided at Shiksha Kendras/NFEs see the benefits of Seva Mandir’s work in the eyes and heart of the children.
Thanks once again!
We would like to thank you for your support during the Photo Contest 2012. Our photo came 3rd out of 69 entries and we are truly grateful for all your help. Below this letter, we have attached the annual report for our project so that you are able to see how exactly your donations are creating real change.
Across rural Rajasthan, children attending Shiksha Kendras are achieving higher learning outcomes than those in regular government funded schools. However, their future existence is currently under threat, due to the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act (RTE) 2009.
The RTE Act prescribes a set of criteria for all educational institutions in India, aimed to promote qualified teachers and decent learning facilities for children. However, their measures are strictly related to human and physical infrastructure instead of learning outcomes. For example, a school under the RTE Act must have rooms of a specific size, running water, toilets and teachers with certain qualifications and salaries.
Although the act aims to inspire rights, in the context of rural Udaipur, there is an enormous shortage of qualified teachers. Teacher absenteeism is also high in most government schools, but these ground issues are not being tackled by the government. Instead, the act simply outlaws informal education centres such as Rural Schools, essentially limiting and removing people’s choices and ability to advocate their children’s education.
In response to this, Seva Mandir is undergoing great efforts to prove to the government that there is an urgent need for non-formal education, at least until official institutions are capable of delivering quality teaching. The following annual report displays the progress we’ve made this year and hence, the reasons why you should continue to support us in facing this challenge.
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