July’s the Good, the Bad and the Ugly (GBU)
Hi Again! We are back with the updates for the month.
- We on-boarded various new partners for mobilisation and initiated conversations aimed at opening new centres towards the end of the year.
- Started aggressive reach out to partners in South of India.
- Developed a security protocol for the safety of the girls inside and outside the campus.
- We finally had a team meeting where all the team members met and worked with each other.
- We have started converging some of our processes given our new batch is operational now.
- There were very strong sessions on sexual abuse in the girls’ campus which were helpful for the team and the students alike. We are working to structure these sessions to empower boys alike. Girls were kind enough to let some boys in the session and still be able to share their stories with utmost courage and strength.
- We are very excited as we see students becoming confident, having a strong hold on technology, and working on skills that they would usually ignore (like communication, management, etc.).
- There is a growing culture of doing Vipassana to stay focused and calm amongst the students.
- Self Defence and rigorous physical exercise for girls have been started to make them physically and mentally stronger and stand up for themselves.
- Security within the campus is good, but when the girls go outside the campus it is impossible to ensure that there is no eve-teasing etc. happening. It is sad to see that almost every girl faces this, anywhere in the country.
- Some students realise in between the program that they aren’t interested in programming, and alternate career paths for them then needs to be figured out. This is very similar to college where some students who join Engineering, find their passions elsewhere.
- We have to work hard on our curriculum and eLearning platform — SARAL.
- We have to work on adequate mental health facilities for the students and insurance for all.
- Girls’ campus has a far stronger security protocol than the boys’ campus. This is very ironical (given how most of our team members in some or other ways have resented this in their own colleges) yet understandable. Should we not take responsibility of the security of the girls or ensure that the boys are also subjected to same rules?