The Second Chance Program is an initiative which aims to assist young girls and women who have had to drop out of school in rural areas of India to complete their secondary education while simultaneously providing them soft skills that will support them in the future.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1099386)
In rural India large numbers of girls drop out of secondary school. Once a student drops out of education it is near impossible for them to reenter without external support, but most support is focused on primary children. Girls who leave school early usually marry young or find employment in the unskilled labour sector. In some states they are also unable to secure a driving license or get a bank loan without passing the exam. After COVID-19 we expect more girls will not return to school.
Community mobilisers recruit young women who have been out of school for at least 2 years from nearby villages to participate. The course runs 6 days a week for 9 months. A foundation course bridges gaps to the Grade 10 curriculum and provides a life skills module that covers critical thinking and influencing decisions. Then the main course prepares them for board exams. 80% who complete the course pass. Once back in the system over half opt to study further without significant support.
This small success has only made me more confident about my own decisions.
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