Many young ones cross their schooling age, working to earn for their families or performing household chores. We believe if, given the opportunity, these children can too thrive in the field of education. As acquiring education must not have age barriers.
We at the STS have initiated the ‘Adults in School’ project where children who have crossed their schooling age are provided with basic and gradually, higher level education. In May 2015, this project initially catered to women who were involved in household services. Convincing the female as well as the male members of the society to permit their women to acquire basic education was a challenge. However, with our persistent efforts reflecting through the public meetings we conducted, we successfully persuaded them.
With time, we included men working as electricians and plumbers to learn about the basics that could assist them in their work. They learned about the financial management, along with our core-reading, writing, and arithmetic. We also conduct sessions on entrepreneurial skills to guide young men about startups and maximizing their revenues. In the case where financial assistance is needed, we provide them with the amount necessary under our ‘Street Deeds’ project. Recently, we have assisted two of our students in setting up general stores, and one female student to buy a sewing machine to earn through stitching.
We value parental upbringing as it paves way for a brighter future for our generations. Therefore, within the project, we also conduct regular classes on parental skills where the importance of dedicated upbringing is highlighted. We encourage parents to build a healthy parent-child relationship to understand each other’s emotional, social and intellectual needs. Often parents complain about children ignoring them, and engaging in malicious activities. For this purpose, we guide them to make sure that they do not further fuel this divide by using harsh behavior. We promote peace, empathy, and care among these individuals for the greater social wellbeing of the society.