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Support education of first-generation learners
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Rs.59,830
of Rs.8,00,000
22 supporters
  • PK

    Created by

    Prasann Kumari
  • Ms

    This fundraiser will benefit

    Marginalised students

    from Jehanabad, Bihar

Story

During the first wave of the pandemic, many homeless families had to beg for their survival due to the COVID-19 imposed lockdown. Trutiya Ratna has supported approximately 80 such families with one month's ration in Patna, Bihar. We also started to provide educational support that includes basic reading, writing, numeracy, and socio-emotional learning skills to children from marginalised communities. Although the Bihar Government had launched online classes, students from these slums and villages could not access digital devices and the internet. It is then the Trutiya Ratna team approached youths from the community to provide educational support to these children as they have been missing whatever they have learnt in schools and were going back to begging, child labour, rag picking and substance abuse etc. 
Trutiya Ratna has also been supporting the education of first-generation learners from marginalised communities by providing free tuition, setting up libraries, literacy skills (information, media & digital literacy) to youths, providing mentorship for higher education, supporting youths with application and admission fee, accommodation charges, encouraging girls and persons with disabilities for higher education and ensuring school admission in 4 districts namely Aurangabad, Jehanabad, Jamui and Patna. We have been also working with grassroots level activists to prevent early child marriages which are very rampant among marginalised communities of Bihar. We had also been promoting artivism; a way to express our everyday reality through poetry, art/drawing and songs among our teachers, students and youths. We have also been creating awareness among our youths and teachers through discussion on several important issues such as child rights, sexuality, gender, disability, caste, class, masculinity, consent etc.

Mission 
Trutiya Ratna strives to end all forms of discrimination based on caste, class, gender, sexuality, disability, age, language, and ethnicity. Our group’s mission is to create a safe space for all individuals to work towards Gender equality, Caste abolition, Accessibility for all, Knowledge building, Equitable access to all resources, and empowerment of women, children, sexual minorities, and persons with disabilities. We envision a world where systemic hierarchies are no longer a barrier for individual and community development. We aim to achieve our mission through feminist principle, anti-discriminatory practices, inclusive policies and dignity.  

Achievements
  1. Our youths are shortlisted for the Interview for the Master's programme at TISS, IIT Gandhinagar and Azim Premji University. One student has received an offer letter from IIT Gandhinagar and APU. Our youths have also been preparing for UG CUET and will be writing the entrance exam soon.
  2. We inaugurated our first community library in a village in Aurangabad district with 150+ books on Hindi and English literature, Stories books in Hindi and English, NCERT books, History books, Science books, general competitive exam books and 20+ educational games. It is managed by a woman from marginalized communities in her late 30s who feels encouraged to write her 10th board exam soon after joining us. 
  3. We inaugurated our second community library in a village in Jehanabad district of Bihar with 300+ books that include stories books in Hindi and English, STEM storybooks in Hindi and English, History books, general law books, reasoning books, NEET preparation books, CLAT for UG books, IIT preparation books, NCERT books, general competitive exam books, science books and art books. We have been providing educational resources to 200+ youths and children in both districts through our libraries.
  4. Our community teachers have successfully re-enrolled students who dropped out from schools in the village and slum areas by continuously working with the families and school authorities. 
  5. We have also been able to prevent child marriage of an adolescent girl with the support of local activists who have been working on the issue for a very long time. 
  6. Our work has been featured and recognised in Dalit History Month 2022 by Project Mukti. 
Link: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cc2dwwOvwRc/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=
  1. We have been invited to the 1st Ayyankali conference organised by Samyak Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (SCIR), Nalanda Academy.
Link: https://twitter.com/nalanda_wardha/status/1506554934355193859?s=28&t=2T6EukxOIlPiwhQW_aARwA

Challenges
We have been facing many challenges to continue our work. Our teachers, particularly female teachers, have been constantly facing sexism and discouragement while teaching and promoting girls' education among marginalised communities. We also face challenges to pay honorariums to our hardworking teachers due to lack of funds. We are not a registered organization and we are still in the formative stage. The lack of basic infrastructure is also a major hindrance to organising our work. Due to lack of funds, we are unable to rent bigger space and purchase amenities like chairs, tables, fans, bookshelves and other necessary items. We also lack resources essential for quality education like laptops/desktops/smartphones. Our students face challenges most of the time because of technology. The world is going digital but technology has still not reached the majority population, especially to people from marginalized communities. 
So far we have been able to continue our work with community support. We have faith in our community that they will continue to support our work towards payback to the community and improving the educational status of marginalized communities in Bihar. 

Utilisation of funds
We are in our formative stage and we need logistics to set up our centres properly to accommodate all the educational resources and other necessary requirements. We will utilize the funds to cover one year of expenses for the following purposes: 
i) Remuneration: Payment of the honorarium of our 7 teachers, 2 librarians and 1 administrative staff. 
ii) Infrastructure, sanitation and educational resources: We can pay monthly rent for the teaching and library space, construct toilets in rural areas and arrange drinking water facilities at all centres/libraries. We will be using these funds to rent a bigger space, purchase fans, chairs, led lights, tables, bookshelves, whiteboards, educational games, stationery for children. 
iii) Setting up libraries and resources for libraries: We will utilize the funds for setting up libraries for marginalized communities. We intend to establish more community-based libraries in order to develop the knowledge base of our children, youths and teachers.
iv) Digital literacy and inclusion: We require funds to purchase old laptops and old/repaired smartphones for digital literacy and inclusion. Along with desktops/laptops/smartphones we need to buy internet recharge packs for youths and teachers, projectors, Bluetooth speakers & mic etc
v) Exposure visits/capacity building and training for teachers. 
vi) Health needs: We will utilize the funds towards the health needs of teachers and students, and the menstrual hygiene of girls and women. 
vii) Support for higher education: Towards the education of our teachers and youths by paying their application fees for UG/PG courses and purchasing books for them to complete their studies.

Future Plan
We have planned to set up libraries at our centres in Patna and Jamui districts in the year 2023. We plan to have digital/electronic devices at all our centres to teach digital literacy to our youths and students. We plan to do awareness campaigns for girls’ education, higher education, superstition, disability rights, and the prevention of child marriage etc. We are also planning to conduct teachers' training and organise exposure visits for our teachers and youths. 

Child Privacy and Consent  
We ensure that the privacy of a child is maintained by not uploading their photos in the public domain. We believe it will be a violation of child rights to privacy and consent if we use or upload their photos before they reach their age of consent. Therefore, we make sure that we either take photos from the behind or hide children's faces while sharing their photos with anyone including group members and on social media platforms.


Write to us at trutiyaratna@gmail.com for any queries regarding our initiative and fund. 

Check out our work on social media platforms:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100079010135398
Twitter: @TrutiyaRatna
Instagram: @trutiya_ratna

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