The GEN Initiative Ltd. Working with grassroot NGOs and the most disadvantaged villagers to contribute to the elimination of poverty.
Charity Commission Registration No. 1101193 Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee No. 4620446
Company Limited by Guarantee No. 4620446
GEN / End Poverty education programme - more than 1000 adolescent girls educated since 2010!
Started in 2010, the intensive Kishori Siksha education programme (KSP) for unschooled adolescent girls, which is supported by GEN and the Pakhar Foundation, and implemented by our Indian partner ngo, End Poverty (EP), has reached over 1680 girls who have completed the course or have recently registered. This accounts for around 14.5% of the 11595 out of school girls in the Alwar District – a significant achievement, but much more remains to be done!
In early March this year parents who were consulted about the programme said: ‘Our daughters can now manage a household budget. They can keep milk records. They can make phone calls. They can find out useful information. They can help us with filling in forms.’ Good news indeed! Perhaps less politically correct, parents also said that after completing the course the girls are more eligible as marriage partners - an important gain from their perspective! As well as basic literacy and numeracy the programme provides participating girls with income generating skills, such as sewing and horticulture, and with advice on health care and sanitation. It also encourages a love of learning.
In February 2016 a batch of about 80 girls joined the latest round of the KSP programme in 6 villages in the Tijara block. Taught by women recruited locally and trained and supported on an ongoing basis by EPs education team for the duration, the current programme will be twice as long as before i.e. it will last for 12 months. This is in response to parental requests last year and again this year, and will bring the girls at least to primary school Grade 3 equivalent.
A new finding too is that EP trained teachers, many of whom teach only one batch of girls for 6 months, are getting job offers because of their EP experience.
The district education authority in Alwar has indicated its satisfaction with the work EP is doing with a population group which has been reluctant to send its girls into mainstream primary education. The reasons for this reluctance? Teachers are usually males, classes are mixed gender, and distance to primary schools is too far for guaranteed safety. With some justification there are also concerns about educational standards in the mainstream system.
Plans... Funds permitting GEN and EP are planning an innovative education intervention for younger girls aged 6-11 which will be designed to get them into primary schooling on terms that meet parents concerns. Plans are also underway to extend the successful KSP programme to adolescent girls in villages in the Mewat area on the Haryana border and further afield to new villages in Tijara Block
Can you help us to fund our education work? £15 will cover education of one girl for 6 months. Go to https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/gen