At GHCL, we are of the opinion that working with children and helping in building the human capital of the younger generation will unfailingly pay off in the long run. Today, one may see that every village has a school and Government has been giving utmost attention to improving the quality of education imparted in each of these grassroots level schools. Every village with a population of 1000 will have a primary school. In the past few decades, the government has made a lot of expenditure on bolstering infrastructure in schools at every level. The area which required attention was the quality of education that was being delivered to the students in these schools. GHCL Foundation Trust realized the need to double up on this front.
In our efforts to spread the light of wisdom, we have reached out to several villages in Sutrapada (Gir-Somnath District), Port Victor, Jafrabad (Amreli District) and Bhilad (Valsad District).
Children: GHCL Foundation Trust played an important role in working with the Anganwadi workers, parents, expecting and nursing mothers and the village community to ensure that children attending these centres get introductory orientation to alphabets, arithmetic and language. A total of 12 training programmes have been undertaken with workers and helpers for orientation and basic instructions.
In addition to this, we have conducted 51 meetings with parents where a total of 1514 (including repeats) parents attended to understand our pedagogy / approach. We have observed a steady increase in number of children attending pre-school.
We have offered specialized coaching classes in English and Mathematics to students in class 9th to 12th. Our efforts have helped 122 students from two schools located at Gorakmadhi and at Harnasa to perform better in their board examinations. Similar efforts have been undertaken in Port Victor where our programs are running in 10 primary schools located in 9 villages and have benefited about 471 children.
Also, GHCL Foundation Trust had initiated education for the children of the workers at our site (mines) schools. Under our Vidya Jyoti programme we collaborated with our NGO partner, SWADEEP, to train teachers for the job and meet with parents of 120 children in three villages. At present we have 90 students attending classes at mine site schools.
Women College Dropouts: The Foundation provides coaching to drop out girls and women who are willing to pursue their graduation along with their employment. GHCL Foundation is affiliated with the SNDT Women University, Mumbai to offer distance education opportunities. In 2015-16, 4 girls have successfully cleared the University Entrance Test (UET) and enrolled for the first year of graduation. Currently, 18 female candidates receive coaching twice every week after their work hours.
This is a unique combination of initiatives that provides skill, employment, and education that empower the girls in the real sense.