Providing Functional Literacy to Women in India

 
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                            DHANPATMAL VIRMANI EDUCATION TRUST & MANAGEMENT SOCIETY

 

 

WOMEN LITERACY PROGRAMME under the title “Providing Functional Literacy to Women in India (Project No. 1784)”

 

There are 287 million illiterate people in India as per report published by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

 

      “EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE THE WORLD”

 

 The Virmani Trust has in the last 10 years taught 22,370 Adult Women to read and write Hindi, Arithmetic and Vocational Skills.

VIRMANI TRUST started the Women Literacy Program in 2004 with the objective of educating the illiterate women, so that they can improve the quality of their life and the life of their entire family.

Our mission is to bring Happiness & Joy in the lives of the disadvantaged & marginalized section of society

An educated woman in society

¨Will assist in reducing the infant mortality rate.

¨She will control the increasing population.

¨She gains self-respect and confidence.

¨She becomes aware of health issues.

¨She is able to manage financial matters.

¨She is able to travel and communicate easily.

 

 

 

                             Our target this year is to have 400 centres and teach 24,000 Adult Women.

Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust uses Computer Based Functional Literacy, animated software, which provides basic knowledge of Hindi alphabets for language and numerals for mathematical activities. To start a centre, a lady from the community is selected and given training. Her jhuggi/Home serves as a Class Room for the women beneficiaries of the area. Hence, the system provides a suitable space for illiterate women in their own atmosphere.

 

At present 312 Women Literacy Centers in and around Delhi supported by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL), BSES and others are being successfully run by the Trust.

 We have also introduced vocational training courses, like tailoring and beauty culture at our selected centers in New Delhi and adjoining towns, so that the women can earn a little more for their families. This will help in raising their standard of living and gain self respect in the community.

We are also providing books, magazines, newspapers and other stationary material to the beneficiaries. Also we organized Rallies for Celebrating Festivals, Annual Day.

                                                                                 

 

                                                                                RALLY

Beneficiaries of Women Literacy Centers also play a very important role for themselves as individuals and  also for other illiterate women. They organize a Rally Programme on every Saturday in their own residential area. Due to this well organized programme, other women are also motivated and encouraged and also they are able to come out of their houses for their own benefits and for self-employment. Because of Rally Program, we found very good result. Hesitate women will also motivated and come forward to get admission in our Literacy Centres. Even their families also agree who were against earlier.

OUR PASSOUT BENEFICIARIES ALSO PLAY THE ROLE OF INSTRUCTORS (teachers) IN OUR CENTERS. SO THAT THEY CAN MOTIVATE OTHERS BENEFICIARIES REGARDING EDUCATION.

                                                                 

 

 

                                                                             CASE STUDY

Vibha

Bhalaswa Dairy

“ Since I hail from a backward village Inever got a chance to go to school. After getting married, I invested all my energy into household chores. One day, I learned about Women Literacy Classes being held in my neighborhood by TPDDL and I decided to enroll in the program. Today, I am well versed with alphabets, words, numerals and can read bus numbers, electricity bills, newspapers and magazines. I now feel a sense of empowerment.”  

She is very thankful to Women Literacy Centers being run by Virmani Trust and TATA Power Delhi Distribution Limited.

 It fills us with pride and joy to learn that illiterate women taught at our centers are now able to read the bus destination and bus numbers and are able to use a telephone, and read newspaper as well as their children’s report card. Also they are able to attend their children’s school meetings. Education is very important for women, not only for them but for a whole family because women are the mothers of the future generation.

 

                               “IF YOU EDUCATE A MAN, YOU EDUCATE AN INDIVIDUAL

                              BUT IF YOU EDUCATE A WOMAN, YOU EDUCATE A NATION.”

 

                                           

                                                                   SELF HELP GROUP

Virmani Trust along with Tata Power believe that Economic Empowerment of women, strengthens families and societies. It has therefore launched Women’s Empowerment Programme to provide sustainable economic opportunities to poor women in Slum Areas. The women coming for learning have been asked to form Self Help Groups so that they can build up small savings and finance self employment. A group of 10 to15 women belonging to our Women Literacy Center, deposit money into a bank account. The women of this group borrow from this account at a nominal interest as per their needs.

As on date, 155 such Self Help Group bank accounts have been opened. Our target is to open 300 accounts by the end of this year.

 

                “ This scheme has been of immense benefit to the poor women living in the slums.”

 

 

 

 

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man's injustice to woman. If by strength is meant brute strength, then, indeed, is woman less brute than man. If by strength is meant moral power, then woman is immeasurably man's superior. Has she not greater intuition, is she not more self-sacrificing, has she not greater powers of endurance, has she not greater courage? Without her, man could not be. If nonviolence is the law of our being, the future is with woman. Who can make a more effective appeal to the heart than woman?"
Mahatma Gandhi

Many Thanks

Anil Virmani

SONIYA
SONIYA

                               DHANPATMAL VIRMANI EDUCATION TRUST & MANAGEMENT SOCIETY

 

 

WOMEN LITERACY PROGRAMME under the title “Providing Functional Literacy to Women in India (Project No. 1784)”

 

There are 250 million illiterate people in India as per report published by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

 

                     “EDUCATION IS THE KEY FOR WOMEN TO MOVE UP THE LADDER OF SOCIETY.”

 

The Virmani Trust has in the last  8 years taught 20,000  Adult Women to read and write Hindi, Arithmetic and Vocational Skills.                                                                                                                                                             

                          Our target this year is to have 300 centres and teach 10,000 Adult Women.                                            

Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust uses Computer Based Functional Literacy, animated software, which provides basic knowledge of Hindi alphabets for language and numerals for mathematical activities. To start a centre, a lady from the community is selected and given training. Her jhuggi/Home serves as a Class Room for the women beneficiaries of the area. Hence, the system provides a suitable space for illiterate women in their own atmosphere.

At present 250 Women Literacy Centers in and around Delhi supported by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) and others are being successfully run by the Trust.

 We have also introduced vocational training courses, like tailoring and beauty culture at our selected centers in New Delhi and adjoining towns, so that the women can earn a little more for their families. This will help in raising their standard of living and gain self respect in the community.

We are also providing books, magazines, newspapers and other stationary material to the beneficiaries. Also we organized Rallies for Celebrating Festivals, Annual Day.

                                                                                   RALLY

Beneficiaries of Women Literacy Centers also play a very important role for themselves as individuals and  also for other illiterate women. They organize a Rally Programme on every Saturday in their own residential area. Due to this well organized programme, other women are also motivated and encouraged and also they are able to come out of their houses for their own benefits and for self-employment. The impact of this programme also plays an important role in women’s nature, their hesitation is reduced and Self confidence is also instilled in the women.

OUR PASSOUT BENEFICIARIES ALSO PLAY THE ROLE OF INSTRUCTORS (teachers) IN OUR CENTERS. SO THAT THEY CAN MOTIVATE OTHERS BENEFICIARIES REGARDING EDUCATION.

                                                                     CASE STUDY

Soniya

Sant Nagar – Burari

Soniya was an illiterate woman. She wanted to learn Hindi, so that she could teach her children at home and learn stitching. When she took admission in Women Literacy Center, she used to work as a house maid and would come regularly to the center for studying and help her children in their homework at home. Now a days instead of working in other’s homes she opened her own small boutique and helps her family. She is very thankful to Women Literacy Centers being run by Virmani Trust and TATA Power Delhi Distribution Limited.

 

It fills us with pride and joy to learn that illiterate women taught at our centers are now able to read the bus destination and bus numbers and are able to use a telephone, and read newspaper as well as their children’s report card. Also they are able to attend their children’s school meetings.                                                        Education is very important for women, not only for them but for a whole family because women are the mothers of the future generation.

 

                          “IF WOMEN ARE EDUCATED, THE FUTURE GENERATION WILL BE EDUCATED.”

 

                                                    

                                                          

                                                                              SELF HELP GROUP                                                                                Virmani Trust along with Tata Power believe that Economic Empowerment of women, strengthens families and societies. It has therefore launched Women’s Empowerment Programme to provide sustainable economic opportunities to poor women in Slum Areas. The women coming for learning have been asked to form Self Help Groups so that they can build up small savings and finance self employment. A group of 15 to 20 women belonging to our Women Literacy Center, deposit money into a bank account. The women of this group borrow from this account at a nominal interest as per their needs.

As on date, 155 such Self Help Group bank accounts have been opened. Our target is to open 300 accounts by the end of this year.

 

                    “ This scheme has been of immense benefit to the poor women living in the slums.”

 

Many Thanks

Anil Virmani

 

 

The entire program is funded through receipt of Donation. It is through the generosity of our supporters that we are able to succeed in our endeavours to help those less fortunate than ourselves. We wish to thank the sponsors and supporters.

Photo  of Adult Literacy centre- Badli
Photo of Adult Literacy centre- Badli

DHANPATMAL VIRMANI EDUCATION TRUST & MANAGEMENT SOCIETY

Roop Nagar, Delhi-110007. Phone No. 011-23848903

E.mail: virmanitrust@gmail.com ,web-site: www.virmanitrust.com

 

Report for the period ending June,2014

 

ADULT LITERACY PROGRAMME under the title "Providing Functional Literacy to Women in India (Project No. 1784)”.

 

There are 287 million illiterate people in India as per report published by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization.

 

The Virmani Trust has in the last 8 years taught 20,000 Adult Women to Read and write Hindi, Arithmetic and Vocational skills.

 

Our target this year is to have 300 centres and teach 10,000 Adult Women.

 

Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust uses Computer Based Functional Literacy, animated software, which provides basic knowledge of Hindi alphabets for language and numerals for mathematical activities. To start a Centre, a lady from the community is selected and given training. Her Jhuggi/Home serves as a Class Room for the women beneficiaries of the area. Hence, the system provides a suitable space for illiterate women in their own atmosphere.

 

 At present 268 Adult literacy centres in and around Delhi supported by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) and others are being successfully run by the Trust.

We have also introduced vocational training courses, like tailoring and beauty culture at our selected centres in Delhi and adjoining towns, so that the women can earn a little more for their families. This will help in raising their standard of living and gain self respect in the community. We are also supplying books, magazines, news papers and other stationery material to the beneficiaries.

It fills us with pride and joy to learn that illiterate women taught at our centres are now able to read the bus destination and bus numbers and are able to use a telephone, and read their children’s report card.

TATA Consultancy Services (TCS) and other donors are providing us old computers. The cost of running each centre is Rs. 5,000/- per month or Rs. 60,000/- per year. It costs only Rs. 1850/- to teach a totally illiterate person to read and write HINDI & Arithmetic.

This year we along with TATA Power have started an initiative called Self Help Group. A group of 15 to 20 women belonging to our Adult Literacy Centre, deposit money into bank account. The women of this group borrow from this account at a nominal interest as per their needs.

This scheme has been of immense benefit to the poor women living in the slums.

As on date 136 such Self Help Group bank accounts have been opened. Our target is to open 300 such accounts by the end of this year.

Our trust is registered under FCRA1976. The donations to the Trust are exempted under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act of India. For foreign currency Donation, our FCRA No. 231660415 with the Indian Overseas Bank, Roop Nagar, Delhi-110007 (Account No. is 18854).

The entire program is funded through receipt of Donations. It is through the generosity of our supporters that we are able to succeed in our endeavours to help those less fortunate than ourselves.

We wish to thank the following sponsors and supporters.

  1. Tata Consultancy services.
  2. Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. (TPDDL).
  3. Tryshoera India (P) Ltd.,Noida (Mr. Vijay Nayyar).
  4. Oriental Structural Engineers Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi (Mr. K.S. Bakshi).
  5. Mrs. Anita Mehra & Mr. Santosh Mehra,New Delhi.(Mehra Investments, INC).
  6. A2Z Filtration Specialties Pvt. Ltd, Gurgaon(Haryana) (Ms. Meenakshi Singh).
  7. Spack Automobiles Ltd. New Delhi (Mr. Subhash Chopra).
  8. Health Fitness Society, Gender Resource Centre, Kalkaji,New Delhi.
  9. Save the Children India, New Delhi.
  10. Laksh Foundation, Faridabad.
  11. SOCH (Mr. Umesh Khanna), New Delhi.

 

We organized the Annual function on 8th February, 2014 at Virmani Public School, Roop Nagar, Delhi.

Ms. Chhavi Rajawat, Sarpanch – Soda Village, Rajasthan was the Chief Guest. In her speech she appreciated the role of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. and Virmani Trust. She was very much delighted to see the activities of women and quoted many things for their benefits.

The other distinguished personalities participated were as under:

Mr. Naveen Chawla, Former Election Commissioner of India.

Mr. Praveer Sinha, C.E.O. & E.D. of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.

Mr.M.K. Vajpayee, Head-QAC and C.E.O. of O.P. Jindal Global University.

 

In the end, Mr. Anil Virmani, President of the Virmani Trust said that the Trust alone cannot do all these activities without your support. We are looking for contribution for all these efforts and would be grateful for your support to enable us to carry them forward. We express our gratitude to the donors for making a change in the society. Our goal is to eradicate illiteracy from India.                

Adult Literacy Center -Classroom
Adult Literacy Center -Classroom

Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust & Management Society
Roop Nagar, Delhi-110007, Ph. 011-23848903
Email: virmanitrust@gmail.com, Web-site: www.virmanitrust.com
Date: 22.04.2014 A PROGRESS REPORT ENDING MARCH, 2014
Providing Functional Literacy to women in India (1784)
“VIRMANI TRUST IS WORKING FOR A LIFE OF DIGNITY AND SELF RELIANCE FOR THE DISADVANTAGED
It has been considered and simultaneously proved that literacy always enhances any region’s human capital. With the help of donated computers, in five slum clusters around Delhi, through a computer based functional literacy program (CBFL) developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), we started our Adult Literacy project in the year 2004. CBFL is animated software which provides basic knowledge of Hindi alphabets for language and numerals for mathematical activities. For this program an educated lady from the community itself, is identified as the person in charge for the cluster. Her home serves as the classroom for women beneficiaries attending that class. Hence, the system provides a suitable space for illiterate women in their own atmosphere and by the local resident of their community.
It is generally accepted that there can be no lasting peace or social development without education. This is the bedrock on which “Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust & Management Society” (DVET) has founded its priority programme- to provide education for all ages, by running centers free of cost. In this context, the Organization’s twin focus is to train the teachers/ community members who are central to the teaching system and to improve the quality of education. This also goes a long way to prevent dropouts and ensure continued attendance.
At present 150 Adult literacy centers in and around Delhi - of which 136 centers are supported by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) -are being successfully run by the Trust. So far 9244 women have passed out from these centers and currently 4500 women are studying. Our target is to have 300 centers and to teach 7000 women in the year 2014.
We have introduced vocational training- courses for tailoring and beauty culture at our selected centers in Delhi, so that the women can earn a little extra for their families. This will help raise their standard of living and self respect in the community as well their own families. We are also supplying books, magazines, news papers and other stationary material to the beneficiaries.
We would also like to be in tune with larger outreach efforts so that we become a part of global charitable funding initiatives and plug in mainline organizations that manage these initiatives from across the world. We are looking for contribution for all these efforts and would be grateful for your support to enable us to carry them forward. We express our gratitude to the donors for making a change in the society.
We envision expanding our centers, so that illiteracy from India is eradicated.
We thank you for your cooperation and donations.

women attend the class room at our Adult Literacy
women attend the class room at our Adult Literacy
Independence day Celrbration at Our Bawana , Delhi
Independence day Celrbration at Our Bawana , Delhi

Date: 10.09.2012

A Progress Report ending August, 2013

 

Providing Functional Literacy to women in India (1784)

 “VIRMANI TRUST IS WORKING FOR A LIFE OF DIGNITY AND SELF RELIANCE FOR THE DISADVANTAGED

It has been considered and simultaneously proved that literacy has always enhances any region’s human capital. As our Adult Literacy project started in the year 2004 only with five centers and with the help of donated some & computers in a slum cluster around Delhi through computer based functional literacy program (CBFL) developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). CBFL is animated software which provides basic knowledge of Hindi alphabets and numerals and language for mathematical activities. For this program an educated lady from the related community itself is identified as the person in charge for the cluster and her home serves as the place of classroom for women beneficiaries attending that class. Hence, system provides a suitable space for illiterate women in their own atmosphere and by the local resident of their community.         

It is generally accepted that there can be no lasting peace or social development without education. This is the bedrock on which “Dhanpatmal Virmani Education Trust & Management Society” (DVET) has built its priority programme to provide education for all throughout life by their running centers without any cost. In this context, the Organization’s twin focus is to train the teachers/ community members who are central to the education system and to improve education's quality and relevance which will go a long way to reduce drop outs and ensure retention.                                                                     

At present 128 Adult literacy centers in and around Delhi in which 114 centers are supported by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) are being successfully run by the trust. So far 9244 women, 68 men have studied in these centers and 3700 women are presently studying. Our target is to have 200 centers by end of this financial year. 

We have introduced tailoring, mehndi, beauty culture course for women at our selected centers in Delhi, so that the women can learn vocational training and earn some extra income for their families, which will raise their standard of living and self respect in their own family due to their literacy. For this purpose we are also supplying them related books magazines, news paper and other stationary material to the beneficiaries.

Celebration: We celebrated some festivals and other important days during our learning session at all centers as Independency Day, Rakshabandan etc.

 I, personally thank you for your continued support which has helped us to carry forward this programme to help the women to evolve further. We simply could not have made such a difference without you. Any contribution however small is very much appreciated for such type of social activities.

We would also like to be in tune with larger outreach efforts so that we become a part of global charitable funding initiatives and plug in mainline organizations that manage these initiatives from across the world. We are looking for contribution for all these efforts and would be grateful for your support to enable us to carry them forward. We express our gratitude to the donors for making change in the society.

We envisioned expanding our centers, so that illiteracy from India is eradicated.

Please see the attachments.

 

We thank you for your cooperation & donation.

With Regards,

Thanks

Anju Wadhwa

www.virmanitrust.com, E-mail-virmanitrust@gmail.com

                                       

Adult Literacy Centre- women reading newpapers
Adult Literacy Centre- women reading newpapers
Adult Literacy Centre-  Class room
Adult Literacy Centre- Class room

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New Delhi, Delhi India

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