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Vimukti School for Girls, Jaipur, Rajastan, India
By Marg Csapo
(Published in the May 2014 issue of Annuntiatus)
The bright-eyed and smiling students of the Vimukti School for Girls, a unit of Vimukti Santha, a registered, non-profit, charitable organization send their thanks and good wishes to every member of IASE from Jaipur. This school seeks out girls in the urban slum areas and offers free education, from pre-school to senior secondary (grade 12). This includes free uniforms, shoes, school bags, transportation, books and notebooks, emphasizing the need for education of the girl child in a country where "every sixth girl child's death is due to gender discrimination, where two thirds of girls cannot read or write, where over two million children, mainly girls between the ages of 5-15 are forced into prostitution and sexual slavery“ according to World Vision India (Outlook, March 17, 2014, page 19).
When the Volunteer Service Committee first visited the school, the number of students was below 200. In 2014, registration stands at 300 and the goal is to reach 500, which is the full capacity. Girls are admitted from families whose monthly joint earning is below 7,000 Rupees (about US $120).
From kindergarten to grade II, the students are taught Mathematics, Environmental Studies and General Knowledge. From grade III onward, Computer Science and English are added to their curriculum. Vocational training is being offered to the girls and their parents under the "Learn and Earn" program to increase their earning capacity. IASE donated $600.00 this year for books, notebooks and cameras to document their special events. A copy of the IASE Newsletter is under the glass on the desk of the coordinator of the school.
The school is very proud of their achievements in 2013. All students from grade X passed the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) examination. The students participated in Inter School Craft and Poster competition and won a second prize amongst 12 schools. They also won second prize among 13 schools in the Inter School Dance competition.
Congratulations girls and teachers! Keep up the good work!