Creating first generation learners in Lucknow
This Mission Education project provides primary education to underprivileged children in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, with special focus on the girl child. Three project centres are operational under the project at Takrohi, Amrapali and Samaudipur areas.
Most of the children are first generation learners and come from adjoining villages and slums of Bastoli, Samadipur, Gajipur, Lavkush Nagar and Pratap Nagar. Their parents have been working as casual labourers or daily wage earners at construction sites, small shops or roadside Dhabas (small roadside eateries).
Initially, it was very difficult to induct the children into the centres, as most of them preferred loitering around, playing or accompanying their parents to work. But after rigorous counseling sessions with the parents and later owing to the success of the project, parents are now aware and get their children enrolled at the centre as they come of age.
Multiple vocational training courses have been included in the curriculum, particularly for adolescent girls. On the completion of the course, the older girls are also assisted in getting employment.
Smile Foundation has joined hands with Jupiter Academy Society for this project.