|Literacy Centre Programme
WEIV has opened eight Literacy Centres for adolescent girls aged 13 to 18 years who are not in the education system, because their families need them for domestic work, to help work on the land, or in other ways earn money for their family. They come from the poorest families and no fees are charged.
For disadvantaged Schedule Caste girl students age 13-18 to learn Hindi reading and writing and basic English, as well as basic arithmetic.Factors prevailing against education of girls:
* Home duties
* Agricultural work to support family
* Parents do not value education – they themselves are generally un-educated
A two year commitment is required to educate the girls in basic Hindi/English/Arithmetic. Most are interested in English, but Hindi is the main learning medium.
After attending the Literacy Centre, it would be possible for them to gain admission at Standard 2-3 at regular school, although the potential age discrepancy could be a barrier for older students.
Some girls attend classes, so then other girls become interested.
Classes are held from 10am till 2pm, enabling girls to complete family chores prior to coming and after leaving the Centre.