NGO: Shiksha Bharati

Background:

Shiksha Bharati is an educational institution that is devoted to the cause of empowerment of girl child. Shiksha Bharati runs and operates a C.B.S.E. accredited school for tribal girls in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh. This school provides innovative and holistic education by utilizing a rigorous curriculum. The program combines academics with physical, moral, spiritual, and cultural development to empower these girls and prepare them to become financially independent in order to lead a life of dignity.

IDRF Partner Since: 2001

Focus Area: Education

Location: Hapur, Uttar Pradesh

Project Title:  Tribal Girls’ Education and Hostel Facility

Details:

Northeast India is a region known equally for its natural resources and vernacular knowledge, as well as its remoteness and extreme poverty. Among the 200+ tribal populations that inhabit the region, far less than half of the women are literate—less than national average.  IDRF has been working with non-governmental organization Shiksha Bharati for over 15 years, to address these challenges.

Girls from tribal villages of the Northeast region mostly from Assam and other states like Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Ladakh are selected by Vidya Bharati and sent to Shiksha Bharati for schooling. These tribal girls were often unable to access basic education—let alone quality education—in their home states.With IDRF’s guidance and financial support, Shiksha Bharati constructed a well‐equipped dormitory Banwasi Chhatrawas with the capacity to house 100 tribal girls within the campus of the Smt. Brahma Devi Saraswati Balika Vidya Mandir run by Shiksha Bharati. IDRF and Shiksha Bharati together provide completely free boarding, lodging and travel to all girls residing here.  The dormitory includes a media room, library, game room, and a room for judo practice.

The dormitory is an integral part of their education, and allows these tribal girls to reside at Shiksha Bharati and attain an excellent education. IDRF has helped to support the maintenance and lodging-boarding costs for these girls. Some of the tribal graduates have returned to their native regions, where they teach local girls, thus, making a contribution in breaking the cycle of gender discrimination and poverty in their communities.

Tribal Girls learning to make chutneys and pickles

IDRF supports Shiksha Bharati through two distinct funds:

  1. Endowment Fund: a one-time donation of $ 6,000 endows one permanent educational seat, in perpetuity
  2. Annual Support:an annual donation of $ 550 per girl

In order to fill the dorm’s capacity of 100, and to educate a girl child belonging to an underprivileged background, this project needs further support from benevolent donors like you!

Educating a girl gives her the financial independence allowing her to lead a life of dignity and  self-respect.

Please click on the link to learn more about Shiksha Bharati’s various educational programs and trainings for underprivileged girls and women.
https://www.shikshabharati.com/

Students in a Computer Lab

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