SEVA education initiative Belagavi India.
"The plight of the girl child in India remains a matter of utmost concern"
In March 2018 I will be returning to India and will be shipping/bringing school supplies for the girl- children of the school in Belgaum, Karnataka, India on March 2nd 2018.
My goal is to be able to bring/ship a large supply of much needed school supplies for the children and young adults of this school. Your donation, no matter how small will help us as Canadians give to a worthy cause and one that is near and dear to my heart.Education for all! As a long-time teacher at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, I feel that it is our duty to help out in the areas of education for all, but especially for the underprivileged and marginalized, through no fault of their own.
General School Supplies:
College-Ruled Paper, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, and Pens, solar powered calculators, crayons and paints.
(English) Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
From female foeticide and infanticide to illiteracy and child marriage, the plight of the girl child in India remains a matter of utmost concern to social scientists and policymakers.
Millions of girls and young women miss out on school - even though educating girls has huge benefits for health, prosperity and security. There has been progress but much work is still needed to break down barriers that prevent girls from going to school such as child marriage and cultural discrimination.
The contribution of girls and women have been ignored in India since age-immemorial. There are various kinds of inhuman oppression like burning of ‘Sati’, child marriage etc. though the ages. Though these medieval oppressions have been reduced by the great reformers like Raja Rammohan, Iswarchandra Vidyasagar, etc., a major section of the women-folk are still deprived of their due rights of property, proper nutrition, minimum education and freedom.
The girl-children of poor parents often serve as maid-servants in various rich family homes. At homes too, parents do not bring up their daughters as they do their sons. The dowry system is another curse in our society.
This spirit of community is something that, in my opinion, is lacking in most big cities, particularly in the West. In Toronto for example, where I now live, there seems to be a prevailing culture, particularly amongst the youth that glorifies an attitude of isolation. Comments such as ‘it’s me against the world’, ‘you can’t trust any-one’ and ‘I have to watch my own back’ are commonly spoken.
India is a place where human spirit radiates and triumphs over all. There is a shared sense of hardship and the struggle of a single individual is the struggle of many. If a person’s wealth was attributed to kindness and hard work, then the children of Belagavi would all be rich.