With it’s long term objective to make the artisans and their families educated, specially women, SETU has been running 3 literacy programmes. These have been specially designed for the illiterate women from the artisan communities. Two centres were started in November 2014 ; at Gajsingh Pura, and Kaladera, near Jaipur, Rajasthan. Besides providing primary education to the artisans so as to help them read & write, the aim of the training programme was to make them confident, aware & eligible for various Government schemes & small jobs. In November 2015 , the programs successfully completed one year and are still running. Inspired by the success of these 2 centres, a third centre for illiterate women was also started at Milakpur Dhani, near Jaipur, in Dec-2015.
Under the curriculum, a total of 30 women have already been educated. Women artisans’ upto the age of 50 years got training under the programme. Also, girl children of the artisans who are not well versed in English language and are 5th and 8th standard dropouts are also eligible for the programme.
The Litearcy programme has provided employment opportunities to the women. Some have got jobs in the local schools. Many are able to read newspapers fluently and are benefitting from the general awareness thus gained. Getting inspired with this, other women artisans expressed their desire to join the programme.
The material required for the training programme like Boards, Notebooks, pen pencils, books, slates etc. are provided by SETU. The Curriculum has been inspired from the study material provided by education centre for the elderly, based at Jaipur, Rajasthan. Their curriculum has been specially designed for the elderly & is consolidated in a way so that multiple subjects can be grasped in a short period of time. The learning scheme is very simple and can be understood easily by the illiterate women. Also, the learning material proved to be helpful and easy to understand to the teachers at the two centres. So, a special teachers’ training workshop was organized for all the tutors of our 3 literacy centres.
The workshop was conducted under the guidance of Mr. Sudhanshu Jain, director of Elderly education centre, Jaipur, Rajasthan. The session was presided over by Ex director of the centre, Mr. Dinesh . The workshop started with a discussion on the simple techniques of teaching the elderly. Trainers Mr. Dinesh and Mrs. Rachna discussed the problems being faced by the teachers in the duration of one year and provided solutions to the same.
The workshop was successful as the teachers learned new techniques of teaching and also found solutions to the problems being faced while teaching.