An education sponsorship and mentoring programme is to support adolescent girls from rural and urban slums. As well as enrolling girls into formal schools and paying for their educational expenses, crucially the programme takes a multi-faceted approach to ensure parental commitment, achieve gender equality and reduce girls’ drop-out rates by:
♦ Developing half-yearly progress reports for each beneficiary
♦ Arranging periodic parent-teacher meetings so that parents better understand their child’s achievements
♦ Organising monthly sessions where IDF staff talk with teachers about attendance and performance
♦ Providing mentors for the girls to help them achieve independence and develop self-confidence
♦ Organising awareness sessions for girls & their mothers to educate and aware them on health and hygiene, menstruation and nutrition issues for their well – being.
IDF believes that every girl has the capacity to create change and become a change agent.
We identify & develop GIRLS’ CHAMPIONS (as Change Agents) in among the sponsored girls from the community. These Girls’ Champions hails from the backward and poor communities with an extraordinary will to create change in their society through the power of education & empowerment. Their stories inspire other girls to create a better future and sensitize people to create transformational change in the way girls are valued.
Selection of beneficiaries for this program
Our intended beneficiaries for this program are adolescent girls from disadvantaged communities. All selection processes are rigorous and in line with our ethos.
Progress of the beneficiary evaluation
♦ Periodic Parents Teacher Meeting: These are held on the 20th-25th of every month and give an opportunity for teachers to highlight achievements or points of improvement to parents of beneficiaries
♦ School Interaction Session (SIS): This is a monthly activity whereby volunteers and staff of IDF visit schools where beneficiaries study and personally meet with their teachers regarding the performance and behavior of the children at school.
♦ Progress report: Every individual beneficiary’s progress is monitored and evaluated half yearly. These are some areas where progress is monitored: