Together with our implementing partner Study Hall Educational Foundation the construction of a new school in Lucknow, India commenced. This project is an important step towards a better future for underprivileged children in Lucknow as they will receive access to proper academic and social education.
Lucknow is the capital of the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Its district covers a large area of 2,500 square kilometers. Within this district lies the village Piparsand. It is situated 25 kilometers away from Lucknow. In the poorer and rural areas of Lucknow, many children do not have easy access to educational services. The construction of a school in Piparsand therefore particularly benefits disadvantaged families.
The Study Hall Educational Foundation is an organization aiming to bring high quality education to children, especially to girls who are from an economically weak and marginalized section of society. They integrate gender related issues such as gender discrimination, child marriage, patriarchy and domestic violence in their academic curriculum to create a critical awareness among all pupils.
This awareness is important because Indian women often feel unwanted and unsafe in their own society through high rates of female feticide prevail, violence against girls and women and amongst the highest rate of early child marriage in the world.
Study Hall Educational Foundation empowers girls by making them believe in themselves as equal and autonomous individuals. In their approach to raise awareness, they also work with boys to empower them to grow up to be sensitive, egalitarian and equitable men. Beside gender related education they strongly focus on high-quality academic education. To ensure a constant high-quality education, a team of experts from three different schools monitors the teachers, their training’s quality and the learning and life outcomes for the children.
In a festive ceremony in mid-October the first corner stone was laid. Unfortunately, the construction work is currently delayed due to the high air pollution. However, the construction will be continued as soon as working conditions become better.
The constructed school will provide a nurturing, caring and encouraging environment for 300 pupils rural area. There will be classes from grade 1 to 5 and each class will have 30-35 children. These 300 pupils will be given the chance to thrive to democratic citizens and lifelong learners and it’s only a starting point from which further steps can be taken soon.