Center for World Solidarity - Gramya Education Program

Project Brief: Ensure Inclusive, Quality education of Lambada girls and Education for Early Childhood Care.

Project Type: Community Based Interventions (description)
Primary Focus: children of dalits/tribals (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Frankfurt
Status: completed - sustainable
Project Steward: Sandeep Morthala
Project Partner(s): Rukmini Rao
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , 12-13-440,Street no 1,Tarnaka,Secunderabad,
Tel: 011 91 9440860271
Stewarding Chapter: Frankfurt
Dec 2017FrankfurtUSD 5685

Total = $5685

Lambada community continues to use their own lambada language which further pushes them out of mainstream society. Practicing their own religion, living in separate hamlets and struggling for a livelihood, the community has neglected education and early child care.

Unfortunately even when the children attend school, they face many barriers like language, stereotyped notions about the community, poor schooling system (books not available two months after school starts) etc. The children lack self confidence and are cowed down by the teaching methods. Many children leave school due to the learning difficulties and inability to relate to the school curriculum.

To overcome language barriers and improve children’s ability to learn once they are in school we plan to start our interventions at an earlier date. For the next three years, Gramya will work with Anganwadi’s to improve to improve its functioning and early childhood learning so that children are better prepared to enter primary school.
Asha Frankfurt is providing needed learning materials for this intervention. The
Gramya Resource Centre for Women was set up in 1993 to promote equal rights for women and girls and to work towards a more democratic society.
Gramya's vision is to create a just society, which will provide political, social and economic opportunities for women, especially tribal and dalit women. Gramya promotes Child Rights with a focus on the girl child and education.
Gramya works with communities to support them in their struggle for survival and development. We work closely with Community Based Organizations, women's organizations, youth leadership, and like-minded Civil Society Organizations at the local, state, national and International levels to seek justice for marginalized communities.
Gramya’s efforts continue to bring about change in the patriarchal mindset of society though the changes are slow to materialize. Patriarchal mindsets are underpinned by the material basis of women’s lives. The double burden of work at home and outside and deprivations resulting in low wages and disenfranchisement from property continue to place women in a secondary position. To overcome barriers, Gramya works to mainstream gender equality by promoting women's rights to land, water, and forests. To achieve these aims we work though larger networks such as Rythu Swarajya Vedika and Makaam, the Mahila Kisan Adhikar Manch a national network of women farmers.
Since its inception, Gramya has worked to prevent violence against women and support women survivors. Having successfully campaigned against international trafficking of girl babies, in Nalgonda district, currently we continue our struggle to prevent female feticide and infanticide in the Chandampet and Devarkonda mandals of Nalgonda district, Telangana. We are working to provide educational opportunities for girls in the region .As such, to create access to mainstream education Gramya has been running a bridge school for girls from Lambadi, dalit and other marginalized communities since 2000. We believe that the material basis of life determines attitudes and behavior therefore it is important that girls and women have access to education so that they can increase their incomes through expanding their knowledge base and live as independent citizens. The bridge school supports children from families who are migrants, very poor or children from single parent families. We also support young women who want to take up college education. Currently, we are supporting 55 students in the residential bridge school.