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Education is one of the few levelers of socio-economic inequalities. Socially sustainable inclusive growth can only happen when the marginalised groups are equipped for upward social mobility. This empowerment happens through democratic education. But unfortunately, as per National Sample Survey report of 2014, 54% of our females are not enrolled for education. Out of which, there is a progressive drop out rate which touches 33% by the the time the girls reach VIII grade. It is through state’s relentless efforts that we have come this far, but yet there is miles to go.
We are wholeheartedly invested in catalising capillary penetration of education through our CSR initiatives. Our programmes are devised after a thorough research of the ground reality to directly address the handicaps that keep children away from knowledge. Our analysis has identified some core areas which require immediate attention: primary and secondary school education, transition from secondary school to college, and attracting more children towards education through social entrepreneurship and local leadership.
Under Luminous Advanced Mentoring Programme(L.A.M.P), targeted schools in Gagret, Himachal Pradesh, are transformed into Model schools that provide ideal learning space.This holistic approach will convert schools in rural areas into an exciting places of enriching education.
The objective of this programme is to empower women with education while also inculcating in them confidence and a sense of social responsibility. Meritorious girls from weaker socio-economical backgrounds who have completed their 11th grade are offered scholarships, to bridge and smooth out the transition from secondary school to college by minimising the financial constraints, that would otherwise prevent them from accessing higher education. Additionally, training for soft skills, career guidance, goal setting, personality development, and social commitment would guide the women to grow into shalinis or empowered women. 170 shalinis have already benefited from the programme, and 100 more stand to gain LUSFP’s assistance.
This programme strives to empower girls by creating a ripple effect. To this effect, scholarships of INR 31,500 per candidate, covering educational expenses including conveyance, tuition fees, uniform fees, etc. of 16 meritorious women - to pursue 3 years under graduate degree - will be provided to partner institutions. The candidates will be selected on the basis of a written test and interview. The scholars would represent their village and inspire many more boys and girls to follow the path of education.
We are striving to keep the juggernaut of education in a self-sustained motion, by equipping women to impart education to other disadvantaged sections. High school girls in rural Bihar are given leadership training for over three years, to equip them to work with other stakeholders like parents and teachers. High school students get to evolve by engaging with primary students via story telling, critical thinking, and problem solving. This would result in a systemic change and holistic education. Many students have already been benefited.
We have identified that Shoolagiri block of Krishnagiri, one of the most backward districts of Tamil Nadu, records high drop out rates of girl students after VIII grade, and consequent child marriages. This project aims to tackle with two problems: 1) keeping the girls in schools and encouraging them for higher education, 2) reduction of cases of child marriage through schooling and education. 100 girl students will be directly supported through weekend assistance with studies, life skills training and opportunities to improve physical health.
Under the programme, targeted schools in Gagret, Himachal Pradesh, are transformed into Model schools that provide ideal learning space.This holistic approach will convert schools in rural areas into an exciting places of enriching education.
Through this programme, the schools are transformed holistically with all around impact. The impact of this transformation will be at three levels: Firstly by improving infrastructure with better toilets, library, computer labs, sports and games equipment, etc.; Secondly by training teachers with necessary skills including improved teaching methodology and ICT for optimisation of the resources; and thirdly by conducting health camps, WASH programme, workshops, etc.