Currently, 50 girls are studying at our center and continuing their education through NIOS. These girls come from the area of Juhapura and Fatehwadi. In addition to the curriculum, education at SPFSLC includes awareness on women’s rights. We conduct capacity building programmes for young girls and adult women, legal counselling for cases of domestic violence, divorce and maintenance, and build perspectives on intersectional issues of women from other marginalized sections such as tribals and Dalits. Women who would have otherwise spent their pre and post-marriage life within the boundaries of their homes step out of the house and city to learn, work, earn and empower. In addition to engaging for individual development, we train community leaders who in-turn multiply the impact of our community initiatives. The trainings we offer through camps and schemes on resistance and advocacy enable women to fight for their education, health, career, maintenance, discrimination and choice.
As regular funding, we receive Rs.10,000 from Infoanalytica Foundation which is only for salary of one of the teachers. Last year, the examination fees were sponsored by the Action Aid foundation and this year they don't have enough funds to support us. Examination fees for each child is about Rs. 5500 per year. There are many other expenses such as rent, salaries of supervisors and teaching-learning material for adult education.
Schooling screeched to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Inequity in what one can deliver to students became glaring through the digital divide in teaching resources that students in underprivileged urban areas can access. More than 75 percent of students we interacted with had already left schooling due to either non-payment of school fees or the unavailability of government schools after passing the 9th standard.
As the learning center has been successfully running for more than a year now, we seek your help in raising the above mentioned amount (on an urgent basis) for payment of teachers' salary, rent and other capital expenditures like Computers and Smart Phones - needed for comprehensive learning and overall development of the girls.
Success Stories of 2021
A young mother started studying at SPFSLC after a gap of 14 years, took exams with her daughter and both passed with good grades.
A girl who had stopped studying due to marriage after 3rd standard took admission with her daughter in 7th standard, took the exam and passed.
A woman who was battling domestic violence and had previously failed in 10th standard has now left her husband’s house, stays with her father, works and earns. She, along with both her children took admission, passed board exams and will now appear for 12th.
These are just some of the many stories that are testimony to our vision and work in a state where only 29% of rural girls attended higher education in 2019-2020. Besides, most of the girls from regressive families have found a more friendly home where they can share problems with each other, indulge in activities, play and laugh together. The life of a woman can be very lonely, but SPFSLC also gives them companionship, entertainment, strength and sisterhood. Looking at the good result of one girl most often results in her neighbor seeking admission next year. We sincerely hope that this chain reaction can help women break many other shackles in future.