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Support for Continued Education of Girls

by IBTADA
Support for Continued Education of Girls
Support for Continued Education of Girls
Support for Continued Education of Girls
Support for Continued Education of Girls
Support for Continued Education of Girls
Support for Continued Education of Girls
Support for Continued Education of Girls
Support for Continued Education of Girls

Thank you so much for all your confidence and faith in our work. We are continuously working hard to improve the lives of girls, the first step to do that is by ensuring the continued education of girls. There could not be an any better investment for a nation than ensuring their future generations get access to education.

Sanjida, a young 19-year-old from a conservative Meo Muslim community living in a small village Khilora of Alwar, always dreamt of studying and becoming independent. Sadly in her community girls aren't encouraged to study, most of them are married off at a very young age. Sanjeeda too faced a lot of pressure and resistance from her relatives and other community members for wanting to continue her studies after her 12th standard. Girls are almost always expected to treat their education, jobs, and dreams as a matter of secondary priority. They are conditioned to always feel obligated to put their ambition and dreams behind others especially if they're family. That's what happened to Sanjida too, she was on the verge of dropping out because her family couldn't afford education for two, so they chose her younger brother's education over her. That's when we identified and motivated her and her family to let her study further. Finally, with our ‘Support for Continued Education’ initiative Sanjida got access to transport and fee support facility which helped her to go back to college and continue her education. Today, Sanjida aspires to become an IAS officer. She wants to make her community proud and become a role model for other girls from her community who aren't allowed to get an education. She wishes that someday families won't have to choose who gets education.

This is just one story from the many successful people that we are working with. All thanks to our most generous supporters and well-wishers like you. 

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Scripting her own fate


Thank you so much for all your confidence and faith in our work. We are continuously working hard to improve the lives of girls, the first step to do that is by ensuring the continued education of girls. There could not be any better investment for a nation than ensuring their future generations get access to education.

Sunita was from a distant village near Ramgarh, living with her parents and three siblings. She was always keen to attend college but with hardly any money to survive, she dropped out of 12th class leaving behind the dream of education. In the morning, she would go to a nearby chemical factory with her parents to earn a living. In the evenings she would look after her siblings and learn domestic skills. We identified her and carried out regular meetings and counseling with Sunita and her parents motivating them to let her study further. Finally, with our ‘Support for Continued Education’ initiative Sunita got access to transport and fee support facility which helped her to go back to college and continue her education. Today, Sunita aspires to become an IAS officer and help other girls like her. 

This is just one story from the many successful people that we are working with. All thanks to our most generous supporters and well-wishers like you. Also attached to this report is a special video of girls celebrating Teachers Day.

 

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Continued education of girls 

The project is supporting the continued education of 99 girls. As promised in our previous report we are sharing the results of the exam taken by girls. Our girls enrolled in school have performed exceptionally well and we can't wait to see what next they are going to conquer and achieve with your support and motivation.

The class-wise result of girls is given in the table below:

Class    Passed   Failed   Result Awaited   Total 

12th         10           0                  0                 10

11th           6           0                  0                   6

10th           8           3                  0                 11

9th           10           7                  1                 18

8th             0           0                  1                   0

 

Summary: Out of the total 46 school girls currently enrolled, 34 girls have passed successfully to the next class, 10 girls have failed and 2 are yet to get their results. 

News:

Our team conducted 'Pravesh Utsav' (enrolment drive) and took out a rally in which over 100 girls supported under this project, participated to encourage other girls to study further. These girls were from over 15 villages and some of them would be coming to college from as far as 20 km to pursue a college education.

3 girls supported under this project - Sarla, Sakunat, and Shehruna were recently awarded as Youth Icon for their dedication and motivation under the Yuva Shakti program by the District Collector, Alwar.

We hope that these young girls keep achieving new heights of success every day. 

Please note that college girls enrolled in BA programs are yet to get their results, we'll share it in our next report.

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Continued education of girls

The project is supporting continued education of 99 girls. All the girls have taken exams of their respective classes. They are now waiting for their results. By the next report we will update the results of the girls and how they performed in their exams.

The grade wise enrollment of girls is given in the table below:

Grade                                          No of girls                

8th                                                      1

9th                                                    17

10th                                                  12

11th                                                   6

12th                                                 10

Bachelor of Arts, Part I                    27

Bachelor of Arts, Part II                   24

Bachelor of Arts, Part III                   2

 TOTAL                                            99

 

Preparation of Examination

The college girls were facilitated to get prepared for exams. They were invited at the resource centre of Ibtada to get extra coaching and support by the staff of Ibtada. Of the 53 girls, only 24 girls used this facility and support. The girls attended this camp for 10 days.

Video documentation

Ibtada also developed a video documentary of the project. The project is named as Shiksha ki Udaan in local language. The video is uploaded on youtube and we are attaching the link of the video here

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Workshop on dreams and aspirations
Workshop on dreams and aspirations

Ibtada’s Journey in Girls Education Programme

Ibtada started its girl’s education intervention in the year 2000 when seven learning centres were set up in five villages. Later, we named these as Taleemshalas. The centres catered to drop out or never enrolled girls, and facilitated primary level (Class V) learning levels. The first batch of girls who passed class V from these centres came out in 2004. These girls were mainstreamed in class VI to govt. schools. Meanwhile, the programme got good response and we kept scaling up Taleemshalas to other blocks and villages. By 2010-11, Ibtada was running 121 Taleemshalas. After the advent of Right to Education Act (RTE) in 2010, we started phasing out Taleemshalas and started intervening in govt schools. Taleemshalas were completely phased out in 2015. During these 15 years, about 8500 girls got educated in Taleemshalas.

In 2012-13, we started working with girls beyond primary level. The activities include supplementary tuition classes, computer training, life skills education, career facilitation, competitive coaching classes and girls’ resource centres at village level.

Transport Facility for Girls to School/College

When we started in year 2000, primary education of girls was a challenge. Now a day, girls are attending schools till class V, many of them pursue till class VIII, because primary and elementary schools are close to settlements. After class VIII, girls start dropping out because firstly the distance to school increases and transport facilities are not available, and secondly parents also start thinking that she is grown up and should help her mother. Safety of girls is also one of the major concerns.

Girls education, especially backward regions like Mewat in Rajasthan, has always been a challenge. After grade 8, girls start dropping out due to distance to schools, safety concern of parents and conservative mindset. While Ibtada has prepared enough ground to motivate parents, distance to school/college and inability to bear expenses becomes a hurdle. 

The project has mobilized the girls and motivated parents to continue their education till they complete graduation at college. For this, transport facilities from village to school/college have been arranged. Parents are at peace that the girls have a safe journey to school/college. For COLLEGE EDUCATION, there are expenses involved for fees, books, stationery. Ibtada has arranged to pay the fees and rest to be borne by girls

Coverage and Outreach 

This year Ibtada is supporting 99 girls. Of this 53 girls are attending College in undergrad course and 46 girls are attending high school. There are 7 vehicles put in place to provide transport facility to girls. Most girls are first generation females who are attending high schools and college. 

In addition to the continued education, Ibtada is also working for empowerment of these girls by conducting workshops on their dreams, aspirations and self-confidence. All the college going girls have attended at least one session. 

Ibtada is planning to conduct a residential camp and motivating the parents to send their daughters to a 10-day camp at Ibtada Resource Centre where the girls could focus on academics and attend some sessions on life skills and empowerment.  

The examination time for girls in school is almost there and the team is putting best efforts so that the girls perform well. Annual exams for girls in Colleges will start in April. 

newspaper covers girls dream of reaching college
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IBTADA

Location: ALWAR, Rajasthan - India
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Twitter: @AlwarIbtada
Project Leader:
Ibtada Alwar
ALWAR, RAJASTHAN India

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