Primary Education and Vocational Training RSMF’s second project, opening in 2017 and can be considered as RSM’s first Primary Education Centre. It was created to give young children access to a good educational programme in Hindi, English and Maths as well as incorporating educational workshops, medical check-ups and washing facilities for those children in rural hamlets with no water supply. Local tutors understand well the needs of these children and volunteers are able to live in this community for several months to help with the children’s tuition. Some of these children have since been sponsored to go to school to receive a good education.
RSMF has been able to broaden the horizons of these children and has proved successful due to the number of years it has been running. Ex-students are now the centre’s manager and tutors and are all passionate about providing the children of the village with a good basic education. Alongside the children’s centre, a drop-in centre developed for women to come and meet and exchange ideas and opinions and discuss their personal concerns. This then developed into a Sewing Class, when the women themselves expressed the need to want to learn how to sew their own garments. Apart from being able to produce clothes for themselves and their family the vocational training also gave them the possibility to earn an income.
The Vocational Training Center provides women from the community such as girls who have dropped-out of school, former female sex workers and illiterate women, the opportunity to learn beautician skills. The Centre is open daily in the afternoon and free classes are provided to any woman who wishes to develop these skills.
This training provides women with an alternative source of income and/or additional income for their families. This ability to contribute and provide for themselves and their families is an important step in empowering them to take control of their lives.