A group of children concentrating on their studies
Thank you all for your contribution to Seva Mandir's Education Programme. Your contribution enables Seva Mandir to provide quality education to many tribal children.
Here is a quick update on the the Shiksha Kendra programme.
Currently there are 175 Shiksha Kendras catering to more than 6000 children of which 44% are girls. Seva Mandir continues to push for girl education and the case study below is an example of this.
Meena and Seva Mandir's struggle
Meena Kumari (name changed to maintain privacy of person) 13 years of age, belongs to a poor family that mostly depends on wages for household income. However, her strong will to study is what has kept her moving forward in life.
It was in 2012, that Seva Mandir first came in contact with Meena’s family. Meena’s three elder sisters and her, never had an opportunity to go to school as their parents were never convinced as to how it would help them in the future.
Seva Mandir officials had to try hard, to convince the parents to send their daughters to school . The biggest challenge was to make their mother understand the importance of Seva Mandir‘s Shiksha Kendras .
The parents were also told that the basic stationary such as bags, notebooks and pencils, would all be provided by the Shiksha Kenra. However, the parents were still extremely reluctant to send their children to school.
Following several discussions, the parents said that they were ready to send their three girls to school provided that Meena, the youngest sibling, would stay at home and do all the household chores. Hearing this, Meena started crying as she too wanted to go to school.
Further negotiations took place with the parents and after several efforts being put in, it was decided that the four girls would go to school and that Seva Mandir would help with the cost of sending Meena to school.
Menna is currently in 3rd grade and now she can read and write as well as do simple mathematical calculations.“ I have come a long way”, she says when asked about her journey.