Considering primary prevention has now been established as the most effective strategy of addressing sexual violence against children, by reducing risks and vulnerabilities of children to victimization via programmes for social and economic empowerment, Tulir is assisting the Corporation of Chennai (which manages over 200 schools and 80000 students) with ensuring that Standard 10 students are provided the inputs and resources to be able to confidently complete their impending Board exams which was scheduled for April 2020 and has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19.
Most of the children who attend Schools managed by the Corporation are from socio - economically disadvantaged backgrounds, sometimes with the child being a first generation learner. They are very dependent on school- and teacher-contact, since the home situation, despite being aspirational for the child, is not very congenial to studying because of the inability of parents and other family members to provide academic inputs, because of housing challenges, and in the prevailing difficult times, due to COVID-19, sheer food security.
To alleviate children’s anxiety as well as to ensure that these 6000 Standard 10 children are not at a further disadvantage when preparing for their Board exams, the Corporation of Chennai has started online tutorials for them. A rapid survey showed that nearly three quarters of their families possessed a smart phone and were pleased that their child may be able to access the tutorials, thereby boosting their confidence and morale.
However the current situation, with a loss of livelihood for many families, makes it very difficult for these 4500 families to dip into their meagre resources to pay for mobile data, which will enable their children to access the tutorials.
Tulir has volunteered to address this urgent problem by topping up these parents’ prevailing data plans with a further 84- 90 day plan. We have been provided the list of students with other details necessary for recharging their parents’ phones. This number may increase as more information is made available. The average cost per plan across service providers (Airtel, BSNL, Reliance Jio and Vodafone) is Rs.550 for a 84-90 day plan.
We hope you will contribute monetarily towards this initiative (and encourage others as well) of providing these children with the means to overcome these challenges to their school education. This will ensure that these students will be well prepared to take their class 10th exams, which enable them to enrol for further educational opportunities. It will make all the difference to their futures and the futures of their families.
Please find attached a Letter of Appreciation from the Deputy Commissioner (Education), Corporation of Chennai and a media report of the initiative. We will be glad to clarify any further queries which could be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.