Below is a wonderful note from one of our students. She is from a poor family – her parents weave items from cloth and bamboo, and she has three younger brothers. Her younger brothers are all in school, and the eldest has begun working at a small company.
“I was keen to study and I felt very sad about my family position. Then I came to know about WEP and with the help of my school teacher I joined the local program. I am now studying happily with the support of WEP. Here many trainings are provided which I came to know about and learnt a lot, like domestic violence, photography, medicinal plants training, and health camp. I gained a lot of knowledge through these trainings. The exposure visits are also very useful and I enjoyed very much with all my friends. My parents are now feeling very happy with the support that WEP is giving me. My parents and I are very thank full to WEP.”
Last week WEP’s NYC Circle of Light chapter held its monthly Tiffin Talk. The theme of the conversation was the role of men in education and development. Several points were covered, here are a few of the issues discussed:
- What do we mean by education? How is this definition different for the rapidly changing political and cultural landscape in India?
- Is ignorance bliss? What is the impact of education if it empowers and educates the girl, but she is s unable to follow her dreams, due to her socioeconomic circumstances?
- Is there a stigma around learning trade skills as opposed to the traditional educational system?
- The increasing entrepreneurial spirit in India and the rising middle class are slowly causing affordable and quality education to change from a luxury to a necessity.
- It is very important to educate both men and women to help break down gender bias.
Thank you to all who attended; we hope to see you at our next event!
Students presented Indian traditions at the WEP Madurai center. View our album for more beautiful photos of this wonderful day!
WEP’s Executive Director recently visited the Hyderabad center on her trip to India. See more wonderful photos from her visit on our Facebook page!
A huge boost to confidence: sports. Here our Kadapa students have joined a local volleyball league.
See more pictures from the Girls Day celebration on our Facebook page!
WEP Madurai celebrated Pongal last week and we wanted to share some of the festivity with you! In this clip, students and staff perform a kummi, a traditional Tamil folk dance. What a wonderful day!
WEP Executive Director Zoe Timms leaves for India tomorrow to visit all of the WEP centers. She’ll be posting while she travels – we look forward to seeing her photos, and we hope she has a wonderful trip and time with our students!