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Empowering Slum Children with Education
Every evening, groups of school children flock to a study centre at Ammankulam.
They read, write and learn their lessons at the class that sometimes runs several hours into the dusk.
About 600 children in various slums of Coimbatore are attending the classes at over 20 tuition centres set up by the Thalir Social Service Centre.
Students from Standard I to Plus-Two are given extra coaching in subjects that they find hard to follow in school.
Started with the aim of providing education to street children, the organisation now teaches children of women who have been abandoned by their husbands, orphaned children and also the children of the members of women’s self-help groups.
Such tuition centres are run at several places including Ammankulam, Puliyakulam, Karumbukadai, K.K.Pudur, Sowripalayam and Kottaimedu.
Children whose parents cannot afford their education are also part of the group.
Apart from the routine classroom coaching, they are also trained in personality and skill development.
Often, college students also volunteer to teach these students.
“The ojective of the programme is to mainstream street children and those living in the slums. To make them responsible citizens by providing them equal opportunities for education,” says Sr. Rebecca, Director of the Thalir Social Service Centre.
The centre also supports about 1,500 women’s self help groups, that are given training in starting small income generation programmes.
“Most of them earn up to Rs. 2,000 a month and some even earn more,” Sr. Rebecca says.
They are also enlightened on the need to educate their children, she adds.