A first-of-its-kind two-day residential learning camp was conducted for 50 exceptionally talented girls under the Swabhiman programme of Smile Foundation. Coming from the most underserved sections of the society, the girls had long been sacrificing their dreams owing to extreme poverty, highly prevalent gender bias, and lack of right opportunities. Their potential was recognized when Swabhiman coordinators went from one slum cluster to another, identifying the most deserving girl children living in difficult situations. All the girls have now successfully completed their Swabhiman scholarship, which aimed at enabling them to pursue higher studies and aspire to succeed in all phases of life.
An overnight stay was organized for the 50 girls at the International Youth Centre and the agenda for Day 1 included yoga sessions, ice breaking and bonding activities, self-exploration sessions and a media and theatre workshop called- Abhivayakti. The girls were so motivated and so talented that they staged plays of their own within a short span of time when given the task after the theatre workshop.
The activities for Day 2 included interaction with Women Achievers from different professions so that the girls derive inspiration to work harder. The girls also had an interactive session with Swabhiman supporters and the session ended with the distribution of certificates to each of the girls for performing excellently in academics.
At the end, the girls shared their experiences and journeys, also commending the Learning Fest as a truly enjoyable and motivating excursion which will continue to help them for many years to come.