Thanks to Global Giving community for your generous support of girls’ education in India. I would like to share the story of Asmeena, a 12 year old girl in one of CARE India’s Udaan schools. It might be very difficult for us to understand how sending their daughters to school is a very big act of courage for parents in Mewat because most of us have always taken education as an undeniable reality of our lives. But for Asmeena and many girls like her, the reality includes only the burden of household chores and sibling care. It is socially accepted that education for girls is irrelevant and unimportant.Asmeena, like many 12 year olds in a village in Mewat district of Haryana state, spent most of her days helping her mother with household work. There is a primary school in her village but she preferred staying home because most teachers in the school are men and her community doesn’t look very well upon girls being educated by male members of the community. Asmeena got another chance to study when CARE India brought Udaan to Mewat. She was one of the first few girls to be inducted in the school and while many girls have been going home and coming back, she has stayed in school without leaving except during holidays.Asmeena has, in many ways, challenged the boundaries that society has placed on her. Contrary to what is expected of girls in her community, she plays sports, rides a bicycle across the school campus and encourages other girls to study. It takes time and hard work to change the way people think and the only way it can be done is by showing the actual proof of education in the lives of their children. These baby steps that Asmeena is taking to study, to play and to express in more than one ways is actually a giant step in the transformation of her community.
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Thanks to GlobalGiving community for your generous support of girls’ education in India. I would like to share the story of Tarannum, the youngest teacher at CARE's Udaan school in Mewat, India. Teachers are the most imporatant factor in the success of the accelerated learning model of Udaan. Tarannum plays a major role at the school with the girls at the school. She had to go through very rigourous training to be able to teach at Udaan.
Teachers at Udaan must use innovative and creative methods of teaching academic concepts to girls who have dropped out very early or never been to school. Teachers at Udaan are really mentors for the girls, they help to encourage the girls to continue with their education and go back to their villages and be a success story.
Tarannum is currently completing her post graduate studies while working at Udaan. This school year begins her second year teaching the girls at Udaan. CARE's Join My Village allows for her to receive detailed guidance and training on a regular basis to ensure her success as a teacher. When asked what motivates her to teach while continuing with her own education she says, "All my life I have seen girls getting neglected and denied education. I have been fortunate enough to be born into a family who supported my education. I have always wanted to teach and help girls feel the same sense of confidence and growth that I feel."
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