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Archive for November, 2010

School….

Posted by Himalayan Village Education Trust on November 16, 2010

Another year gone by… This year the students in our Talai tailoring school were protesting..

The tailoring centres are run keeping in mind the working pattern of women in villages where they have to spend time between collecting wood.. managing household, cattle, children drunk men, and working in the fields… So it was decided right in the beginning that the course shall be run in all the centres for three days a week and for four hours a day, leaving two working days of the week for the teachers to correct the copies and prepare work schedule for the next week.

It was all working fine, till this year’s batch decided that they wanted to finish the course in time for the marriage season in November.. and so they protested…. that the three days a week schedule was not good enough they wanted more number of teaching days…

The girls not only came for four days a week but also convinced our teachers to let them put in extra time to help them finish their work… It was a PLEASURE… to see this enthusiasm.. especially since some girls could not even read and write properly since they had long ago dropped out of the schools…

And WOW what enthusiasm prevails every year when I see them approach the final stage of their basic courses and start designing and stitching their own suits and learning that they could identify mistakes made by the so called professionals…. and that they could stitch better than a lot of them..

Somehow we HAVE to make an independent models of these schools.. so that they are not dependent upon us to run them but spread like a chain and sustain themselves in the long run… a near impossible dream… but then who says that dreams have to be simple….. 🙂

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