Tharu Mother's Literacy Classes
The mothers of rescued illegally bonded girls asked IWEN for literacy classes. As their daughters gained confidence their mothers realized the importance of education not only for their daughters but also for themselves
About the need
Tharu adult women are illiterate. If their daughters or sons do not attend school these women then are at the mercy of their employers who can easily cheat them in their wages because the women cannot calculate their earnings. Literacy classes teaches simple calculations which empower women in their daily working interactions.
Purpose of Program
Educating mothers facilitates a greater awareness of a woman’s human rights concerning gender equality and empowers women to be proud of their role in the family and in their community. Literate mothers help in guaranteeing their daughter’s education so that they can graduate from high school. Research has shown that for every year of schooling a girl receives this gives her child the possibility of an added year of life. Child mortality is diminished with educated mothers.
All donations earmarked for this program are accumulated until enough funds are collected to provide the opening of a literacy class. The $1,500 provides for the following;
- Training of facilitators for the class
- Six month literacy training for 4 to 5 groups of 25 women.
- Venue rental
- Books required
- Salary of facilitators [1 facilitator for 25 students]
- Monitoring of the program and report writing
- A modest end of program celebration