INTEREST FREE LOAN SCHOLARSHIP SUPPORT
Education is the only way for the tribal communities to come up in life. Today, the problem of rising costs of higher education is forbidding tribal youth from undergoing higher education. Furthermore, costs of college education keep growing and students cannot afford paying for their college education, whereas educating children becomes an unaffordable burden for many families. As a result social gaps widen that leads to the exclusion of students from low-income families belonging to tribal community from the college education.
We have identified 22 youth from the project area who are pursuing their college education and supported them with interest free loan scholarship assistance .SMIDS utilized the service of its Self-Help Groups to identify the needy youth to receive this scholarship assistance. Academic performance and economic backwardness are the main criteria followed in the beneficiary selection. Prior to the release of the scholarship amount we have verified with the educational institution in which the students are studying and their academic performance.
The interest free loan scholarship assistance was very helpful for the marginalized tribal families to educate their children. It eased their burden of paying the college fees. Parents of the scholarship recipients are repaying the scholarship amount in monthly installments to SMIDS and the same will be utilized to support other students in the coming years. Selin a scholarship recipient correctly said “the scholarship assistance come at a time, I was forced to drop my studies due to no payment of my tuition fees. I was feeling sad and desperate. My poor parents could not muster needed to pay my tuition fees. Scholarship was a great blessing for me to pay the tuition fee dues and continue my nursing study. Thank you for lending me your helping hand when I need it the most”
CHILDREN’S CREATIVE LEARNING CENTERS (CCLC)
SMIDS identified the issue that children studying in schools are lacking in social, environmental education which is required for a social commitment to every child. Children should be motivated to involve in social/community issues in their local area as responsible citizens. Further children studying in higher standards require guidance and counseling for their full growth. Children’s Creative Learning Center (CCLC) is a developmentally appropriate curriculum based child care programme. We value both, structured and unstructured learning opportunities. Our goal is to provide a positive, nurturing, learning environment with responsive teachers and classrooms that recognize early children as a distinctive and important stage of life. This training is provided to children in the age group of 10 to 15 years of age. SMIDS has got 200 CCLC centers in its operational area. In each centre there will be 15 to 25 children. We have employed exceptionally well trained and committed teachers to guide the children in these centers.
We have noticed remarkable changes in the attitude and outlook of the children who are attending out CCLC centers. Children are scoring good marks in the school examination and coming forward to help poor and needy in their local area. Quarterly trainings are organized for the CCLC teachers with a view to equip them with appropriate skills which will help them to be effective in this new system of learning.