Centre for Women’s Development and ResearchLife Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 Girls (14480)Update- August 2014
This is an important period for us and India, parliament election results were announced and a new BJP party government was formed, after a long time a single with majority had come, people voted for change and stability. Board examination results for class 10th andn 12th were announced and all the girls who are members of ‘Snehidhi’ adolescent girls association appeared for the examination passed. Pavithra from Othiryur village scored 1053 for 1200, second highest marks in her school. During Tsunami rehabilitation work between 2005 and 2008 we were running 14 non-formal education centres for drop our children we have closed all these centres because all the children particularly girl children are going to school, we are very happy about that. Ms.Neeharika Tummala, a representative from GlobalGiving visited the villages where we work on 4th July 2014 and interacted with adolescent girls and women.. It was encouraging for us. Computer skill Training for girls:We have been providing computer skill training for adolescent girls. During this period 90 girls learned basic computer skills. 10 girls were also enrolled in the online retail management course of Brisccaar,, Canada. Mr.V.Shankar founder of Brisccaar visited the computer skill training centre during this priod and interacted with the students. Using DVD we have started providing supplementary education support for 10th to 12th standard students. 35 girls benefitted from this programme.Lifeskill, sexuality education training for adolescents: We have organized weekend workshops on life skill and sexuality education training for adolescent girls and boys. 82 girls 24 boys attended these trainings. With the increasing number of rapes in India and media coverage plus the increase in teenage pregnancy makes parents worried and now they are supporting the sexuality education programme. This is really encouraging for us. Since it is holidays for the adolescents we have organized 10 days community development programmes and 10 days street plays and folk arts programme. 48 girls benefitted from this programme. We have also organized one day meeting on career guidance for 10th and 12 standard students to help them choose their future courses or employment. 68 girls and 40 boys participated in this meeting.
Ms.R.Pavithra is a member of ‘Snehidhi’ adolescent girls association. She had completed her higher secondary course with high marks she scored 1053 out of 1200, she is the school second in higher secondary marks. In their family there are 4 girls, Pavaithra is the 3rd daughter. Her 2 elder sisters are married, her younger sister is studying in 11th standard. Her father is a agricultural worker. Her mother is sick so not going for work. Pavithra along with her mother created a kitchen garden. Actually their parents want to marry off Pavithra, but she refused saying she wants to study further. Now she is joined in B.Tech agricultural engineering course at Agricultural Engineering College and Research Institute, Trichy. This is the only Engineering college offering agricultural engineering course, rarely women go for this course. Pavithra may be because of her involvement in Snehidhi and creating kitchen garden opt for agricultural engineering course. Pavithra’s parents were opposing her decision because the college is 200 kilometers away from her village. But Pavithra with our staffs help could able to convince her parents. She said ‘It is my dream to help my village with my education, I thought I will also end up as a computer engineer, the exposure to bio-farming and kitchen garden helped me to choose agricultural engineering’.
Centre for Women’s Development and ResearchLife Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 Girls (14480)Update- May 2014The focus during the last 3 months was more on supplementary education support for adolescent girls because it was annual examinations time. Due to parliament elections the examinations were conducted early, so the girls had lesser time for preparing for the annual examinations. But in spite of that the girls were actively participated in organizing and celebrating International Women’s day in their living areas. We started using internet and DVDs to provide supplementary education and employability to skill for adolescent girls. It is great advantage for the girls.
Computer skill Training for girlsWe have received support from Cognizant Technologies company to buy 4 new computers and that helped us to provide computer skill training and supplementary education support for girls. We are also continuing our weekend lifeskill and sexuality education workshops. During this period 85 girls learned computer skills from our two recreational learning centres. 60 adolescent girls attended the weekend workshops. After the examinations we have also organized career guidance workshop for girls studying in 10th and 12th standard. During this period we were contacted by BRISC International Canada, an international organization pioneering in online education As a pilot project 5 adolescent girls of 18 years old were trained in retail salesmanship training and they were also given certificates. We will be expanding this project further by including more girls. The course is in English so initially girls faced some problem, but slowly they adopted to it, it also helped them to learn English. During this year we have organized lifeskill and sexuality education programmes in 3 schools and nearly 400 girls, 100 boy and 30 teachers benefitted from this programme.
After the school final examinations we have organised 10 days community development programme for adolescent girls. They learned leadership skills, folk dance and songs, community issues particularly the health issues of children. 54 adolescent girls both from the slums and villages participated in this programme.
Lifeskill, sexuality education training
We have organised local level mothers meeting in our working area to explain G2G-Girls to Graduates programme, that is supporting girls from 9th standard and above to complete their education up to Graduate level. We have discussed about the finances involved and suggested for a savings and credit programme exclusively for girl children’s education support. Most of the mothers were supporting the idea. We are also planning to create corpus fund to run the G2G-Girls to Graduate programme.
Centre for Women’s Development and Research Life Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 Girls (14480) Update- February 2014 Based on the learning from our past experience of providing life skill and sexuality education for adolescent girls we have made some changes for this new project, that comes under ‘Close the Divide’ Microsoft YouthSpeak. Earlier our focus was just to provide life skill and sexuality education to adolescent girls that are not given in the schools. Now we have also added supplementary education support along with life skill and sexuality education, because we wish to help these girls to become university graduates. This would help them to extend their marriage age, and also help them find good jobs with good salaries. If a girl fails in the high school usually parents think about her marriage, so the supplementary education would also help them to pass the high school examinations. In addition to that we are also providing sexuality education for adolescent boys, we believe that would help to change their attitude towards girls and help to reduce the violence against girls and women. India has the largest youth population, one third of the India’s total population of 1.237 billion are below 18 years. The future of India depends of this population, so this project is very important for us. We are providing life skill and sexuality education in our two recreational learning centres one in the village and the another one in the city centre. Regular weekend workshops were conducted in these centre. In addition to that in the city centre girls also come every day between 4 and 6 p.m to learn computer skills and spoken English. In the last 4 months 200 girls benefitted from these programmes. In addition to that we have been organizing sexuality education classes in the schools in our working area, nearly 300 girls, 280 boys and 54 school teachers benefitted from these programmes. Our field staff are also organizing regular monthly local meetings/trainings for adolescent girls to help them continue their learnings. We have organized two one week street theater and folk arts workshops and 42 girls participated in these workshops. During the workshop they developed plays regarding the elimination of violence against girls and women. During the 16 days campaign to eliminate violence against women they performed these plays in different villages and different public places in the city. This campaign was organized from 25th November the international day for the elimination of the violence against women to 10th December International human rights day. Nearly 15,000 people witnessed these plays and also participated in the discussions after the plays. It was a great learning experiences of the adolescent girls. During this period we could also raise Rs.75,000 locally and this money was distributed among 75 girls who are in high schools as motivational scholarships, all these girls are daughters of single women (widows and destitute women). We have also introduced educational DVDs to provide supplementary education support for 10th, 11th and 12th standard girls. They use it in our computer centres. In collaboration with iwid-Initiatives Women In Development we have organized two days workshop on model Women’s Parliament. 35 Snehidhi members 20 from the villages and 15 from the city area participated in that workshop. They learned about the functioning of parliament, policy making, budget, and women in parliament. This also helped them to learn about leadership skills. This also provided an opportunity for the city and village girls come together and learn from each other. In general the last 3 months were very active and useful period for us. Because the increasing incidents of violence against women and girls and media coverage, the mothers are also supporting our programme and encouraging girls to attend the life skill and sexuality education classes.
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