June 2012: Kranti’s SJE Goes Global
In June, our local social justice education went global! One of the Revolutionaries, Aparna, taught a series of sex education workshops for teenage girls at Project Crayons (http://www.projectcrayonsindia.org/).
And we are happy to announce that her sex education class was not only shared with the youth of Project Crayons but also made international news! Via the NY Times and NDTV, Aparna was able to educate and inform the world about her ideas of safe sex, clear up misconceptions about pregnancy and menstruation, and discuss the hardships sex workers face when getting medical treatment. Please follow the link to read the article and watch Aparna's honest and candid lesson about sex education. http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/meet-aparna-mumbais-teenage-sex-educator/ Summer vacation wrapped up as the Revolutionaries spent a week at a Rural Excursion Camp in Maharashtra. The girls spent time trekking, enjoying the forest, climbing trees, making new friends, and learning different skills, including rifle shooting!
Most of the Revolutionaries began a new school year in mid-June. We now have girls in 5th, 7th, 8th, and 12th English standards as well as 9th and 10th Hindi standards. The first few weeks of school were a dizzying exercise in organizing schedules for school, classes, tuition, and extra-curricular activities as each girl has a different daily schedule. Now, however, we have settled into a busy—yet consistent—routine, which includes the help of many volunteer tutors and at least one guest speaker per weekend.
July and August 2012: Revolutionaries Travel and Volunteer
Two of our Revolutionaries have a break from the demands of school and decided to spend some time volunteering and traveling. In her two months break between 10th and 11th standards, Laxmi chose to travel to Nepal to volunteer at a rural school, Maya Universe Academy, teaching Art and English to children. Here is the school’s website: http://www.mayauniverseacademy.org/.
Shweta, who passed her 12th board exams last spring and is currently taking a gap year, also traveled to Nepal, where she taught English to monks in a Buddhist monastery and sex ed to Nepali girls. Both Laxmi and Shweta returned return home in early August,; Laxmi started 11th standard in arts, and Shweta took a few days to study for the TOEFL exam before departing for Jharkhand, where she volunteering with the Gender Resource Center in the city of Ranchi for the remainder of the month.
For the rest of the Revolutionaries, the month of July was one of school, homework, and continued learning. Four of the Revolutionaries still make weekly trips to Project Crayons in order to teach on Sundays—in addition to Aparna’s sex ed classes, they have also been presenting classes on leadership and self-esteem. We had a volunteer named Surhabi from Stanford University in California who worked with the girls and helped them plan their weekly lessons for the girls at Project Crayons.
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