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VIMUKTI GIRLS SCHOOL
Vimukti Girls School, the first school supported by EDU-GIRLS, has currently enrolled 650 girls, all of whom come from families that make less than $100/month and from diverse ethnic and religious groups. Vimukti became a High School in 2018 and the first batch of grade 12 girls will pass out in 2019.
Vimukti overcomes key barriers which come in the way of girls living in poverty getting a good education.
Flexible schedule: Girls attend school for four hours ( 6 hours in senior classes) a day for 278 days a year compared to a norm of 220. This gives them time to help with daily tasks at home, while allowing them to put in the extra school hours to get an education, given lack of time and support at home.
Security: Vimukti offers an all female secure campus and safe transport from home to school, which also saves girls valuable time.
No Fees: Girls receive free of cost tution, books and materials, uniforms, a nutritious meal, and basic medical support.
Low Cost: At just about $0.67 per day, costs are kept low by sharing school infrastructure and by volunteer management.
Quality: Vimukti keeps a low teacher-to-student ratio, utilizes "smart class" technology, undertakes in service training for teachers, provides computer and library facilities, as well as an opportunity to take part in sports, performing arts, debating and inter-school competitions.
Board Examinations: Girls take School Board examinations at Grade 5, 8, 10 and 12 achieving a 100% pass rate, with 33% in the "First " Division.
Vocational and College Scholarships: Career counseling starts in Grade 8 and is backed up by vocational and college scholarships to get girls ready to be financially independent. Eight girls are enrolled in college and one after vocational training is working as a beautician, doubling her family's income.
Parent Engagement: Parent teachers' meetings are held regularly and not just the mothers but also the fathers now take interest, with parents' attendance now at 80-90%.
Vimukti is producing confident young women who know their rights and responsibilities are ready to be financially independent.
The Literary Rotarian Action Group (LitRAG) included an article about Vimukti in their newsletter. You can read it below:
THE SRGVVK TRUST SCHOOL
This charitable school set up in 1991 caters to children of socially & economically disadvantaged families. Parents are agricultural workers, maids, construction labour, stone cutters, drivers and garment industry workers, etc. The school currently enrolls about 200 children, 110 of whom are girls to Grade7, and thereafter offers them scholarships to finish high school at private schools.
No Fees: The schools does not charge fees for girls, offering tuition, uniforms, books, mid-day meals, etc. free of cost.
Pre and After school Care: For about 25 infants and small children of the poor parents who both need to work, the school provides day care, milk, biscuits and once a day meals.
Medical camps are organized to manage children's health.
Quality Education: School ensures inservice teacher training, uses smart class technology and provides supplemental tuition to those needing extra help.
Board Exams: Girls will write State School Board examinations at grade 8 in 2019, and thereafter in Grades 10 and 12.
Low Cost: With the help of volunteer management and service providers, cost per girl per year are less than 50c/day.
Future Plans: Increased enrollment of girls and making English the medium of instruction is on the agenda, alongwith improving the quality of class room space.
Saraswati School is part of the Little Sisters network supporting 2000 girls to achieve financial independence primarily through scholarships and mentoring. Edu-GIRLS in 2018 supported 25 girls at Saraswati, a non-government co-ed school with room to grow. Plans in 2019 are to build capacity at Saraswati to take in more girls, to strengthen integration of technology into learning plans.
Kohat is part of the CARE system of 900 schools but it has faced difficulty in attracting donors. It is co-ed and goes only to grade 7. In 2018, it eliminated school fees for girls, it started computer training and moved to a larger rented building. In 2019, it plans to add grades 8 and 9, increase emphasis on english medium, increase enrollment of girls from economically challenged families and to add technology training.