Regards from Gram Vikas Trust, Bharuch.
The government has reopened the secondary and higher secondary schools for children almost after a year. Due to pandemic the education has stopped for the year partially for rural India, as it was online and the rural India is not that much equipped with the smart devices or not that much strong network, or electricity on daily basis. Though the government has worked for its best reach for online education, but where the poor Indian are facing financial crisis, education is not on their priorities. The elder students were started supporting the family by earning in the agriculture or nearby companies. As there is no other way for them as they felt it is a long vacation.
Kinjal (Name Changed), a girl from a small village in the Jhagadia block of Bharuch district, has stopped learning from months as she were facing difficulty in regular TV programs, due to lack of electricity. Earlier she was watching regular TV program but the electricity cut off is every now and then in her village so she stopped watching it, and started going to field with her mother to support her family.
While interacting with her and her family members, we come to know about this situation, that she used to watch the TV transmission on regular basis and after watching daily lessons she used to sit for the homework, and revision. But the electricity were not regular and day by day she lost her interest in studies. Now whole day sitting at home and doing only some household work, her parents insists her to do some earning for the family, and she started working.
While school reopens, she did not wish to visit the school, as she shared that she forgets many lessons, and feels shy to come back. Our field team supported her and her family members and encourage her to come to schools regularly. Though her father and mother are willing to make her study they also motivate her to rejoin school.
Like Kinjal, there are many other girls who needs support, as the situation has changed the mentality of the parents as well as students. The city and village are the different scenario and not the same strategy will help the students to call back in schools. GVT is there to support such girls to get them back into the schools, so that they can also have a bright future.
GVT is supporting such girls, let us come together and support maximum girls to continue their studies.