How can I go to school again
“Tell me Didi, how can I go to school again?” desperately asks Gayatri to her village Community Educator. Gayatri is a 9 year old girl from a village in Jalaun district. Bundelkhand Region is known for large tracts of rocky, barren and uncultivated lands, rough weather and offers scanty livelihood options for poor and uneducated families. Decent earning opportunities are mostly available to those who are able to get good education and that is the reason education has become a dire need for Gayatri and thousands of children like her in the Bundlekhand Region of Uttar Pradesh.
As if the challenges were less, Covid19 related restrictions and school closure excerbated the problems faced by children like Gayatri from a poor family living in the rural areas and pushed them out of school without any options available to them for on line or distant learning. Community Schools run by local educated youth volunteers engaged with these out of school children are the only hope for these children, but they are also not able to continue because of lack of funds. Community Schools use innovative approaches like learning through games, which helps children to acquire confidence along with many life skills such as leadership, team work, problem solving and communication. We gradually also start working with the local government school teachers to adopt this approach.
Gayatri says, “I had so much fun playing Cricket with other boys of the village”. She was thouroughly enjoying her game as well as learning. This had also helped her continue with her education because of the support given by the Volunteer Educator of the Community School in her village. The hardships caused by Covid19 restrictions have forced Gayatri’s parents to do much more work to earn their livelihood and Gayatri is forced to take care of her siblings at home and she is deprived of any schooling.
An average investment of just Rs. 250 every month on each of these children in the form of a Community School would help them continue their schooling, live their life as a child and live their dream of coming out of the clutches of poverty one day.
We are seeking to raise Rs. 10 Lakhs to set up and sustain 10 community schools for the continuity of schooling for more than 500 children from extremely poor and deprived families in Konch and Nadigaon Blocks of Jalaun district in Bundelkhand.
Although we will be giving you regular updates regarding the progress of these children and their education however we strongly urge you to be a volunteer and visit the project area if you can find some time for it. Our children would love to learn something new from your life experiences as well, come and see them grow!