Lifeskill,Sexuality Education for 1000 girls-India

by Center for Women's Development and Research
Ms.Chevanthi, Who joined for B.Com course
Ms.Chevanthi, Who joined for B.Com course

Centre for Women’s Development and Research

Life Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 girls-India (14480)

Update- November 2015

Last 6 months is an important period for us. The 10th and 12th standard board examinations results were announced and all the girls who attended our supplementary classed passed the exam.  We were busy in helping them finding college admissions or skill training programmes.  We were also continuing our life skill and sexuality programme during holidays and weekends.

48 girls have passed their 10th examinations and 34 girls passed their 12th standard examinations in our rural area.  For the first time 11 girls started going to college.  This is huge step forward for them and for us.  The work we have been doing with the adolescent girls and their parents started paying results.   The major problem  we faced was all the girls have scored below 1000 for 1200 marks, it created some hardships to get admission in government colleges where the annual fees is less than Rupees 10,000.  Since they got admission in private colleges they have to pay the fees of Rs.30000-45000 it is a huge amount for them. Usually parent spend money on girls only for wedding dowry. Somehow 11 girls could able to pay their first years fees with their family savings or loans, in the coming years it was difficult for them.  We could able to get support to pay full fees for 3 girls out of that 2 girls joined for B.Com course and 1 in Pharmacy course.  For rest of the girls we are providing a stipend of Rs.500 per month for their travel and other expenses.  We are also exploring the possibilities of getting bank loans so that they can pay their fees in the coming years.  Another thing we want to do is strengthening our supplementary education programme and help the girls score more marks in the 12th grade examinations. We are really happy parents are willing to invest on girl children’s education.

We are also continuing our computer skill training programmes  and 85 girls benefitted from this.  Still we do not have broadband connections in the village so we could not use it fully.  Recently our chief minister announced that the state government will provide free internet though the government cable network.  If that happened that would help the girls.  They can learn both academic subject and general knowledge.

When we right this report the Snehidhi adolescent girls association members are involved in 16days activism to eliminate violence against women.  We have organized one week training programme on street play, fold dance and songs. They developed their own script on women’s rights and violence against women.  22 girls participated in that training.  They have been organizing cultural programmes in the villages and slums to educate the public about women’s rights and violence against women.

We have organized several parents meeting particularly women’s meetings.  In addition to that our field staff also met parents of 12th grade passed girls individually to motivate them to send their children to colleges.  Earlier they usually will not send their daughters to college saying that the colleges are far away.  Now they are sending even to distant places and the girls stay in the hostel.  Most of the girls go to Pondicherry and Tindivanam and travel 2 hours up and down to go to colleges.  Parents particularly mother support their daughters education it is a huge shift and this gives us lot of hope and confidence to continue our work with girls and mothers.

 

 

Case Study

Ms.Chevanthi, 1st Year B.Com

Chevanthi is 18 years old and this year joined for 1st year B.Com course.  She has been a Snehidhi member for the last 6 years.  Her father and mother both are agricultural workers.  During dry season her father goes to nearby city or town and work in construction; So their income is not steady,    She has a brother studying in 10th standard.  She is calm person and good student.  She has been attending all our trainings like life skill  sexuality education and leadership skills.  She is also an active participant in our dance and song trainings.  She says that only helped her to build her confidence and now goes to college.   She shared how she could able to handle the ragging during the initial days in the college.   There is no need to say that she is the first graduate student from family.  In India only 10% of students goes to college, in that only 3-4% of girls only go to college and most of them are from the cities.  She joined for B.Com(Bachlor or commerce) in Rajeswari College, Bommayapalayam,  Pondicherry, that is 45 kilometers away from her village.  She travels by bus every day to go to college.   This year onwards we are providing Rs.500 per month for her college studies.  She has to spend Rs.25000 to 30000 every year; it is really difficult for them. 1st year they could able get loans and spent all their savings for her college studies.   She has been looking for scholarships we are also helping in this regard.  We are really happy to see a Snehidhi member going to college.  This would change her and her family’s life in a big way.

Photos:

Scholarship Cheque is given to Ms.Divya, Her mother is a single woman

Lifeskill session

Scholarship Cheque is given to Ms.Divya, Her mothe
Scholarship Cheque is given to Ms.Divya, Her mothe
Lifeskill session
Lifeskill session
Study Smart Workshop
Study Smart Workshop

 

Centre for Women’s Development and Research

Life Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 girls-India (14480)

Update-May 2015

Last 3 months our focus was more on supplementary education support for 10th and 12th standard girl students.  It was board examination time for 10th and 12th standard students and final examinations for other students; mostly we were involved in supplementary educations like tuition classes and also organizing workshops to build their confidence to face examinations.  This year we have organized tuition classes in the schools itself that helped us to reach out to more girls. Snehidhi-Adolescent girls group members also organized International women’s day in the villages and slums and educated public about women’s and girls’ children’s rights.

Life skill Sexuality and supplementary Education:  We have organized tuition classed during weekends in 3 schools and nearly 280 girls benefitted from this programme.   The schools teachers also involved in this programme, it is also easy for the girls to  attend these classes because it is organized in their schools.  So in the coming years we wish to continue this programme from the beginning of the academic year particularly for English, Science and Mathematics subjects.  We have also organized 3 study smart workshops to build the confidence of the girls to face the board examinations, 116 girls participated in these workshops. From the coming year onwards we are going to initiate G2G-Girls to Graduates programme that is to support higher secondary class passed girls to continue their university graduation. In this regard we had organized parents meeting and also Snehidhi adolescent girls’ association meetings, to explain the programme and also to identify the potential girl students. By April 10th both 12th and 10th standard board examinations were over, after that we had organized folk arts training programmes and career guidance programme for girls.  65 girls participated in these programmes.   In addition to the supplementary education classes we were also continuing our life skill and sexuality education programme, 98 girls benefitted from this programme. We have also organized a cancer awareness programme for girls and mothers in Chennai city, this programme was organized in collaboration with Loyola colleges social work students and Pink foundation Chennai.  Since there are only 2 computers in the village and 2 in the slum area only 36 girls learned computer skills.  We have also used DVDs in the supplementary education programme for high school girls.

We are renovating our training centre in Panaiyur village that is changing the thatch roof to concrete roof.  This would help us to extend our activities further like we can add more computers, can have residential programmes for small group of girls.   In general it is an important period for us, we have made preparatory work for the G2G programme that will be launched once the Higher secondary and high school board examinations come out.  We are happy that all most all the girls in our working area are continuing their education, earlier they discontinue once they reach puberty or when they fail in a class or after 10th standard because there is no higher secondary  schools or college nearby.  Now parents are willing to send their girl children to distant places and continue their education by staying in hostels.

Tuition Class in School
Tuition Class in School
Women
Women's Day Cultural Programme
Life Skill Sexuality Education
Life Skill Sexuality Education

Centre for Women’s Development and Research

Life Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 girls-India (14480)

Update-February 2015

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.

Supplementary Education Class
Supplementary Education Class
Study Smart Workshop
Study Smart Workshop
Lifeskill&Sexuality education workshop
Lifeskill&Sexuality education workshop

Centre for Women’s Development and Research
Life Skill and Sexuality Education for 1000 Girls (14480)
Update- November 2014
Last 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.

Ajuba staff(standing) with adolescent girls
Ajuba staff(standing) with adolescent girls
Snehidhi Members dance performance
Snehidhi Members dance performance
Pavithra scored 1053/1200 in plus two examinations
Pavithra scored 1053/1200 in plus two examinations

Centre for Women’s Development and Research
Life 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’.

Ms.Neha GlobalGiving representaive
Ms.Neha GlobalGiving representaive
Mr.Shankar, Brissccaar with online course students
Mr.Shankar, Brissccaar with online course students

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Center for Women's Development and Research

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu - India
Website: http:/​/​www.cwdr.org
Project Leader:
K. R. Renuka
Director, C.W.D.R
Chennai, Tamilnadu India