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A Little Goes A Long Way
Thursday, 08 July 2021
The world has witnessed enough cases in which smaller efforts have resulted into bigger impacts. We plant trees now a days in gardens, house premises etc with an objective that in future the issues of global warming can be addressed. We are putting up masks now a days with an objective that it can create bigger impact; we can refrain ourselves from becoming victims of COVID. Similar is the learning part.
Who knows what a person learns today can impact his or her life in future?? Also, it is very challenging to measure the magnitude of the impact which learning can bring in. But the optimistic viewpoint backed up by zeal and enthusiasm usually keep people going. Yashoda Sahariya, age 28, a resident of Kishanganj village in Baran district of Rajasthan is a person who has some bigger plans.
Married to Mr. Bablu Sahariya at an age of 17, Yashoda’s education got confined till 8th standard. Also, she became a victim of polio when she was 10-year-old. It’s unfortunate but these barriers couldn’t shatter her will power to change the state. She has been associated with Maavadi as a teacher since 2010 and she is deriving INR 8500 as of now. Also, her husband Mr. Bablu is a Bumper truck driver and earns around INR 15K per month.
Mother of two kids; Hemant, age 12 and Kuldeep, age 5, Yashoda is residing with her husband, children and father in law in a joint family setup.
The Remarkable Journey
Yashoda had always an instinct that kept her going. Even though she became a victim of polio disease, she didn’t stop. Her early marriage also couldn’t stop affect her willingness to pursue her education. She completed her secondary education after her marriage.
Her husband has always been very supportive in this regard. Her father in law inspite being uneducated understands the value of the education and he always encouraged her to pursue her studies. Also, she enrolled herself in NIOS (National School of open Schooling) for 12th standard twice but unfortunately, she failed. Mathematics has always been her weak aspect and she failed to clear the same in both her attempts.
This affected her confidence level but that is not all. It was the intervention of Second Change Education program implemented by Manjari Foundation and supported by Pradan and UN Women which ignited the will to pursue education. The intervention started in September.
The intervention mobilised women in the village and several women of the village showed their willingness to join Second Chance Education Program. At inception she was hesitant to join the hands of Manjari but continuous meetings and motivation by Ms Sadiya Anjum (a development professional from Manjari Foundation) paved way for change.
The counselling by Ms Sadiya had a strong impact on Yashoda and she finally enrolled herself for the program. She has even paid a fee of INR 1700 for the same and is now regularly attending the classes conducted at the learning center. As of now she has opted subjects like Hindi, Home Science, Environment Education, Painting and Economics.
Home Science as a subject fascinates her and she is very optimistic that her initiatives will pave way for positive change. Her initiatives motivated her husband and he too has enrolled himself at NIOS for 10th. Her husband has an aspiration to derive a government job in future.
A little goes a long way. Isn’t it ??