Rahara Abhikshan runs an informal school to teach 100 students from the poorest of poor families in a Kolkata suburb. Through this project, we have three objectives. Firstly, to empower students above 16 through vocational courses in computer usage, beauty therapy and spoken English and make them employable. Secondly, to provide superior basic education to all our students, to ensure holistic development. And thirdly, to expand our school by inducting more slum students across all ages.
Our students are all first generation learners. Their parents are engaged in menial labour and hence unable to support either their basic education or the necessary vocational courses. We are aiming to create basic skill sets, through a combination of formal education and vocational courses, to make them employable and help them develop holistically. Our vocational courses (computer training, beauty therapy and spoken English) have immense job potential in India.
Through this project, we will recruit specialised teachers for these vocational courses, and set up the required infrastructural elements, like books, computers, furniture, tools, stationary, etc. We will also help them apply for jobs and train them in the selection process. Additionally, we will also provide better basic education by hiring more teachers in subjects like Mathematics, science, languages, history and geography, as well as provide nutritional refreshments to our students.
The project will educate and train 100 students, which will create a better future for their families. The girls will be self-sufficient, hence not married off early and will be able to avoid domestic violence. The boys will not end up being unemployed, which often leads to anti-social activities. These children do not want to join their parents' profession as unskilled labourers. They want a better life and to be part of the mainstream. Together, we can make that happen.