Welcome back to Mewat Mondays! In the previous series, Galvin, Joan & Lyndon discussed the progress of our initiatives in the villages of Mewat district. Our exciting new series this year will bring you more up-close and personal case studies on our new and existing efforts. Beatrice, Edlyn and Sukhjeet, interns from the Singapore Management University, will be covering the new series.
What we have been up to…
4 YOUNGEST INITIATIVES OF 2013
Over the last 5 months, 4 new initiatives were introduced under our flagship programmes: Mewat Rural Education Programme (MREP) and Mewat Rural Vocational Programme (MRVP).
MREP: The Sports Promotion Programme was introduced to promote sports and co-curricular activities in schools. SRF Foundation launched the programme by distributing volleyball kits in 19 schools for middle school students and in 19 villages for village youths, introducing students to a new kind of sport. Special training has been provided to enable teachers and village volunteers to manage the classes. After a period of training, there will be matches between students from different villages.
MREP: Support My School was introduced on 22nd January 2013. Initiated to ensure children study in a healthy and active environment with basic amenities in place, this is a collaboration between NDTV, Enrich Agro Food Pvt Ltd/Coca Cola India, Tetra Pak India and SRF Foundation. Presently, the second cycle of “Support My School” will see toilets, water, playing facilities, libraries and sports equipment provided to school complexes in the Rewasan, Reha & Tapkan villages. Once complete, this effort will reach out to 8 village schools, benefitting 2500 students in total.
MREP: The 39th IBM KidSmart center at SRF Vidyalaya, Manali, Chennai was inaugurated on 7th March 2013. Teacher training was conducted for 16 pre-school and primary school teachers from 6th to 8th March of this year, introducing them to the latest technology and methodologies to facilitate a more effective learning process. The 39 IBM KidSmart centers will reach out to 16,000 school-going and out-of-school children.
MRVP: Project Rahat is a new initiative for the production of low-cost sanitary napkins, as a means of improving women’s health and providing employment opportunities to the women of the Mewat district. Launched on 8th March 2013, the project will provide direct employment to 24 women and will facilitate door-to-door access to sanitary napkins for 2500 village women. The project is currently still in its trial phase.
What to look out for over the next 3 weeks…
Issue 21 (27th May)
Know more about the efforts of the Reinventing Education Programme under MREP. Hear from participating teachers how the RE programme has changed them and how the training has been relevant to their jobs.
Issue 22 (3rd June)
Get to hear the aspirations of the 3rd batch of beneficiaries from the Electrician Training Programme under MRVP. This issue will cover some of their personal stories and an interview with a graduate of the programme.
Issue 23 (10th June)
Look out for pictures on how the Support My School programme under MREP has transformed 8 schools in Rewasan, Tapkan and Rehna school complexes, making the environment safer and more hygienic for students. Don’t forget to catch our highlights of the Coca-Cola visit happening on 5th June!