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BSWI believes that Education is a powerful tool to break the relentless cycle of poverty and sets the people for a great future. When BSWI was founded in 1961, we decided to focus on providing education support to underprivileged children. We help develop learning places for young children living in remote rural areas so that it creates a strong foundation and inculcates social and cultural awareness in them. Under education, we have worked in the following areas. Over the years, we have mainstreamed 12897 children in the government primary and high schools too.
SUPPLEMENTARY EDUCATION
During the year, BSWI focused on quality education for the underprivileged children (with a special focus on the girl child). We supported adolescent girls with tuition support, book grants and other education materials. We have also identified eligible adolescent girls and mainstreamed them in the government schools after some motivational groundwork in their communities and families. In other words, remedial education or supplementary classes have been provided to the girls studying mainly in government schools. A total of 324 girls from 27 villages have been supported with the program interventions during the year. The age group of 10-12 years have been provided such support so that they successfully attain secondary education.
BOOK GRANT/TUITION/ADMISSION SUPPORTS
BSWI has provided book grant to 156 students with made-easy, note books, reference books, text books and other materials. BSWI has provided tuition support to 42 high school and college students (only girls) during the year. We have provided their tuition fees by which they were able to attain their class education and perform very good results in the school tests, secondary examination, higher secondary examination and degree courses examinations. Out of the 42 girls, 11 girls are studying in degree courses (mathematics honours, chemistry honours and arts subjects). 6 girls have attained first division in the higher secondary examination.
COMMUNITY AWARENESS GENERATION
  • Orientation of the SHGs: In the meetings organised by the SHGs, Education has been a regular agenda for discussion amongst the members. They discussed about their children’s (especially that of their girls) progress in various classes. They also discussed about various challenges, barriers, problems to attain their children’s education and at the same time they worked together to cross the hurdles.
  • Networking with the government schools: The SHGs collaborated with the government schools by organising networking meetings and workshops as a joint venture in ensuring access for their wards. Community meetings, workshops and group discussions were also organised in the project villages those have been beneficial for the eligible children to be admitted/re-admitted in the government primary and high schools.
  • Mobilising the community: Door-to-door interaction and motivation, organising Child Day, Girl Children’s Day, Teachers’ Day were organised on regular basis to give the target communities a nudge so that they think positively about their children’s (especially girls’) education. Discussions on reproductive health, evils of early marriages and teen pregnancies, dowry, child abuses, child labouring were held regularly in the project villages to sensitise the target communities and stakeholders’ families. These had a significant effect to mobilising the target communities in favour of their children’s education and betterment for a brighter future.


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