Bhubaneswar : It was a day to cherish for the 50 young girls from the Shikharchandi slum in Bhubaneswar, who went on an exposure visit to Centurion University at Jatani on the outskirts of the city. The girls, most of whom are high school dropouts and now working as housemaids and construction workers visited various skill training units of the university.
The main objective of the trip organized by Project Cheysta -an initiative for adolescent girls supported by the Australian High Commission, was to build motivation and interest among these girls in continuing their education while giving them an idea of various skills and vocational training available for them.
The girls went around the university campus taking a tour of different skill centres, observing students in classrooms, visiting a sports centers, and library, exposing them to life after class ten. They Interacted with students in skill training units like tailoring, coffee-making, home nursing , dairy, beauty treatment, hospitality and carpentry.
“It was inspiring to meet these students here who gave us a new ray of hope. We understand how important education is and I will do everything possible to complete my matriculation,” said Manga -a class 7 drop out from the slum.
The project handholds adolescent girls -both high schoolers and dropouts in the age group of 13 to 25 to complete their education by providing them the requisite support in terms of remedial classes , coaching , skill trainings , life skill lessons, career coaching and more at a Resource Centre set up inside the slum premises . “Our resource centre has been conveniently accessed by the girls as and when they find time. We have been working closely with 100 girls, 10 of whom will be appearing the matriculation this year through Project Cheysta,” said Sarmishtha Dash, the project coordinator.
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