Shalini Story: From slums to star student. India




Shalini was illiterate when she came to the Shankarpur Non-Formal Education Center (NEC) two years ago. She had never attended school before. Her parents left the country, so she lived with her grandmother in severe poverty in a slum surrounding Lucknow.

Thanks to Mona support for the Shankarpur NEC, by the end of one-year Shalini could read and write and had fallen in love with learning. With the help of her NEC teacher who trained at Digital Study Hall, Shalini enrolled in a local public school last year. She is now one of the top three students in her class. She is passionate about continuing her education through secondary school and university.

Shalini was illiterate when she came to the Shankarpur Non-Formal Education Center (NEC) two years ago. She had never attended school before. Her parents left the country, so she lived with her grandmother in severe poverty in a slum surrounding Lucknow.

Thanks to Mona support for the Shankarpur NEC, by the end of one-year Shalini could read and write and had fallen in love with learning. With the help of her NEC teacher who trained at Digital Study Hall, Shalini enrolled in a local public school last year. She is now one of the top three students in her class. She is passionate about continuing her education through secondary school and university.

About Non-Formal Education Centers (NEC)

Many kids in the very poor and “slum” areas around cities or villages never attend school.  GyanSetus, or non-formal education centers are nurturing transformative community hub, providing a way to bring the kids to level and transition them to the school system.   Through several innovations GyanSetu seeks to provide solution to the chronic problems of education system that have isolated and alienated the children on the margin.

With Mona’s support, there are currently a total of 20 GyanSetu centers that teach 856 children, nearly double from 2017.

Give the gift of education to 20 more Shalini for $40/month.

Every NEC takes in and educates between 20-40 children from the slums around Lucknow. It costs $800 a year to operate one center for one year.

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