Centre for Women’s Development and Research
Life Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 girls-India (14480)
With lots of hope and confidence we started this year 2015, during Christmas season we were busy with our fund raising activities and this was a rich learning experience for us. In addition to providing life skill and sexuality education to adolescent girls this period the more focus was on providing supplementary education support because the board examination examinations are nearing for the 10th and 12th standard students. One of the important thing happening among poor parents particularly mothers is the importance they give for their daughters education, earlier of course now also their major concern is daughters marriage. Now they wish their daughters should get education and go for a better job.
LifeSkill and Sexuality Education: We have been continuing our lifeskill and sexuality education for girls. We have organized 12 weekend workshops and more than 160 girls participated in these workshops. With media highlight on sexual abuse and rape of girls mothers and girls are worried and now mothers want their girls understand sex and sexuality so that they can protect themselves. We have also organized 2 workshops in the high schools and nearly 180 high school girls and 90 boys benefitted from these programmes.
Life skill Sexuality Education Workshop
G2G-Girls to Graduates programme: Since the board examinations were announced for 10th and 12th standard students become busy to prepare for the March final examinations. We have started focusing on supplementary education programme. We have organized 2 one day trainings on “Study Smart-Learning Potentials” to build the confidence of the girls to face the final examination and ways of systematically plan and approach the examinations 64 girls from 10th and 12th standard classes attended this programme. We are also organizing weekend (Sunday) 2 hours tuition classes in Maths, Science and English subjects for 10th and 12th standard girl students. These classes are organized the schools itself, mostly by the school teachers themselves. We paid small incentives to the teachers. Few volunteers have also jointed to provide tuition to the girl studnets. 128 girl students benefitted from this programme. We are continuing this programme till the examinations that is up to March end. We have also distributed Rs.1000 to 75 girl students as an incentive for them to continue their education. Most of these girls are daughters of single women(Widows, Destitute and deserted women)
Supplementary Education Class
Computer skill and other recreational activities: We are continuing our computer skill training programme and during this period 28 girls benefitted from this programme. Ms. Sylvia an Italian student volunteer is doing her internship with our organization, she teaches drums and Clarinet to slum girls, 9 girls are learning it but more girls are participating in the classes to listen the music. Ms.Sylvia also teaches spoken English class of course with Italian accent she also organizes games for girl children.
Study Smart Workshop
Since it is Christmas season and fundraising period for us we were involved in several activities sending greetings and appeals to people, also visited colleges to involve students in raising funds for us. Anna university from Chennai as part of their Kurukshetra festival raised funds for us, they have raised Rs.25,000 for us. We are very happy about that, more than money these fund raising activities helped us to reach more people educate them about poor people, particularly about women and girls in our country, We could also able to share our experiences with thousands of people.
Centre for Women’s Development and Research
Education to Empower 500 Women and Adolescent Girls
The final Report
‘Education to Empower 500 women and Adolescent Girls’ is a rich learning experience for us and of course for the women and adolescent girls. India has the largest youth population in the world. But adolescents particularly the girls are the most neglected group in India. For us being a women’s organization we see adolescent girls as tomorrow’s women. These generations of adolescent girls are the first generation school goers, most of their parents are illiterates. These girls also belong to the modern information technology world, and they are open for change. Working with them helped us to energize ourselves; it gave us lot of hope and confidence that it is possible to achieve gender equality and just society. On behalf of the women, Adolescent girls and our organization we thank each and every individual who supported our effort through global giving to educate and empower women and adolescent girls.
Education and income generation programme for women: This project was the continuation of our Tsunami rehabilitation work. We have tried so many income generation activities to increase the income of women because we believe that the first step towards women’s empowerment is economic self-sufficiency. After so many unsuccessful attempts finally learning from our experiences we had introduced bio-kitchen gardens as an activity to increase the income of women. That worked because women already had the skills, they do not have to go out of home, they can do it at any time. Even if they are not able to sell their produce they can consume their produce like vegetables and fruits that helps them to improve their family members health and also save money on their expenditure. Actually we have planned to help 500 women but we could able to exceed the target and could able to help nearly 900 women that is 900 families out of that nearly half of them are women headed families. Initially we organized income generation programs like palm leaf product making, food processing, and handicrafts. 500 women were given training and small loans were given to start new business or to strengthen their present business activities. But in the midway from our experiences and learning’s we changed the activities and introduced bio-kitchen gardens and trained women in raising kitchen garden, backyard poultry, beekeeping and that really worked. Nearly 900 women were trained and all of them have created kitchen garden in their homes. Most of these trainings were organized in their villages, some interested women were sent to other trainings organized by the Agricultural University extension centre, and other farms. We have organized beekeeping and vermi-compost making training in our training centre. We have also created model kitchen gardens in our centre so that women can visit and learn. Now we are in the process of creating a producers company to help them further.
Life skill, sexuality education and vocational skill training for adolescent girls: This also we have planned for 500 girls and but we could able to train nearly 1000 girls. We have organized weekend workshops on lifeskill and sexuality education for adolescent girls. We have initiated ‘Snehidhi’ an association for adolescent girls and this programme is implemented through them. They were also provided computer skill training, folk arts like dance and songs. They were motivated to involve in their village development activities. Most of them helped their mothers to create kitchen gardens in their homes. During the last 2 years we have also started providing lifeskill and sexuality education for adolescent boys nearly 300 boys benefitted from this programme. We had also provided life skill and sexuality education in schools in our working area nearly 1500 girls and 500 boys benefited from this activity. Almost all the girls who are member of ‘Snehidhi’ were continuing their education without dropping out from schools. Earlier they used to drop out mostly when they reach puberty. This year 5 girl started attending college, out of that 2 have joined for bachelor of engineering course, earlier they were not send to college because there is no college in their area. Now the girls are sent to colleges and they study by staying in the hostels or relations houses.
This successful experience motivates us further to continue the process of women’s and girls empowerment. In fact all these were possible because of Globalgiving’s support and each and every one who donated for this project. Once again we Thank you for your support. We could able to collect 95% of our target funding for this project so we are deactivating this project from global giving project. But of course our work with women and adolescent girl will continue.
As a next step we have created a new project “ Lifeskill and Sexuality Education for 1000 girls-India’’. This project in addition to provide life skill and sexuality education for girls also help 1000 girls to become graduates. So that they can postpone their marriage to the age of 21 years and also find better employment. We also work with the mothers of these 1000 girls. We request all of you to visit this project in Global Giving site and continue your support for us in our attempt to educate and empower women and girls. Please visit: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/life-skill-education-for-1000-adolescent-girls/
Centre for Women’s Development and ResearchLife Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 Girls (14480)Update- November 2014Last 3 months we were mostly involved in creating profiles of adolescent girls for our G2G-Girls to Graduates Programme. The idea is we wish to support 1000 girls to become graduates. This would not only help them get good employment but also postpone their marriage to the age to 21 years. We have also continued our computer skill and lifeskill and sexuality education programme. G2G-Girls to Graduates: To select the deserving girls our staff members started collecting profiles of adolescent girls studying in 9th to 12th standard. We have collected 300 profiles and started computerizing it. Most of these girls are daughters of women headed families and daughters of domestic workers. We would support these girls by providing supplementary education support to score good marks and continue their education up the university undergraduate level. We have organized village and slum level meetings of mothers to explain our ideas. We have also organized an orientation programme for adolescent girls. 143 girls participated in 3 one day orientation programme. Computer skill training: We are continuing our computer skill training programme. During this period 43 girls benefitted from this programme. 6 girls have started the online retail management course, but in the meantime our landlord of the computer training centre had requested to vacate the building because they want to build flats there. So we have shifted the training centre to our office premises. We made contacts with the local browsing centres and the girls are now continuing their online course there and we are paying the cost of the browsing center. We also had conducted 2 one day trainings on life skill and sexuality education for 50 girls. Lifeskill, sexuality education training for adolescents: We have organized weekend workshops on life skill and sexuality education training for adolescent girls and 54 girls participated in these programmes. It was festival time ‘Diwali’ festival, ‘Snehidhi’ adolescent girls association members celebrated it in the centre. An intern from Christ university organized life skill workshops and also aptitude tests to help them understand what they want to do? To help them choose career of their choice. Girl children enjoyed it because there was lot of games and creative activities in these workshops. The intern along with our staff also visited corporates to get sponsors to support our G2G programme. Even though we could not find any sponsors immediately, it is good experience for us. As part of joy of giving week, from Ajuba a software company visited our organization and distributed learning materials to adolescent girls. Snehidhi members also performed a dance in a NGO meeting, it was really encouraging for them.