CONTEXT 

In our Stand up, Girl! project, we have the ambition to support hundred Indian underprivileged girl students from the lowest Dalit caste. The gender programme is primarily aimed at their self-empowerment through education.

Eligible girls receive a financial incentive of 1 euro per day during their study career. Rather than seeing this scholarship as an drip that structurally maintains inequality, it is a lever in the hands of the girls themselves:

They engage themselves voluntarily as eco-ambassadors for the youth in their local village and in return earn the financial compensation themselves.

Most of the students come from a family of poor farmers. They therefore have sufficient affinity with sustainable food chains and want to pass on this early knowledge of ecology to future generations.

In addition to a small financial contribution for their efforts, the Social Ecology Education Fund facilitates the awareness-raising programme through thematic workshops (SDGs, water consumption, gender equality, deforestation, etc.).

 

THE IMPACT OF COVID 19

During the periodic evaluation of the Stand up, Girl ! projet, it became clear that the Covid 19 crisis is still having a major negative impact on the general wellbeing of girls and youth in general, and in the wider region. Physical distances and lack of modern means of communication further reinforced the physical and digital isolation during the months of hard lockdown. This caused irreversible damage to vulnerable communities.

 

Aftercare for Covid-19 that goes beyond the strictly medical support proved to be more than necessary.

Stand up! Talent Academy wants to resolutely commit to broader emancipatory girl and youth work. It continues to depart from a socio-ecological agenda. It also wants to play out the synergies with the Stand up, Girl! project.

 

THE STAND UP! TALENT ACADEMY

The Stand up, Girl! project will be incorporated into a new holistic project on responsible and future-oriented responsible leisure participation for all ages. 

 

The aim is to offer vulnerable young people an open, reality-based window on their own talents and possible future professions from an early age. This will trigger and stimulate them in their school career.

 

The fight against school drop-out is thus positively interpreted with a recruiting programme for different ages and target groups, consisting of the following pillars:

  • Eco Oratory for the youngest neighbourhood children;
  • Training and practice centre on spirituality and integral ecology;
  • Talent Academy (lecture, singing and other forms of artistic expression) with sensibilisation actions for later study and professional life through workshops and external visits;
  • Digital hub (on site and off site);

 

Through this project we try to:

  • Stimulate underprivileged youth from childhood in their talent and school career;
  • Act proactively to prevent school drop-out;
  • Work on attitude building as responsible citizens;
  • Stimulate and broaden the interests of young people as much as possible by means of the experience-oriented offer.


INFRASTRUCTURE

A first important material investment is related to the   physical campus that will house various activities.

This is a reconversion project of a school building in Vijayawada, centrally located and close to the places where our target group is concentrated.

The planned activities will be rolled out over the next few years.

 

About the ECO-ORATORIUM

Based on the Italian model, this is a community centre for the youth around :

  • Reception for the very youngest;
  • Sports and games;
  • Homework assistance;
  • Creative expression;
  • Working with young mothers on education awareness.