The Second Chance programme was started in 2011 to give dropout students, especially girls, a chance to complete their Secondary School education and acquire the skills necessary for employment. It is a 15 month programme that targets young girls and women between the age of 16-25 years who have dropped out of school and helps them pass their Secondary School Examination.
Apart from that it also aims to raise awareness about educating girls and women so that they can break the regressive barriers of caste and religion.
The role of this programme was further expanded to address the issue of high dropout rates among students at the secondary school level. Studies show that close to 70% of students in India drop out before they reach grade 10. With this in mind, the programme attempts to give "at risk" children in upper primary grades the required help to stay in school.
Initiation into the programme
It is a 15 month programme that begins with a 6 month 'Foundation Course' followed by a five-day residential training session at a hub centre during each of the remaining 9 months. Upon completion of the Foundation Course, a final selection of students is made based on their performance and keenness to continue with the course. Those students are then trained in all subjects of the Secondary School Examination for 9 months through the Hub Centre facility.
This model is typically structured as a central Hub, linked to 4-5 spokes. The hub is residential or non-residential center (depending on the need of the area) where qualified faculty members are stationed. The faculty members are subject specialists and provide short intensive classes to the students. The spokes cater to smaller clusters of 10 to 25 villages each. Each cluster has a tutor that guides the students in their daily studying, assists them with take-home worksheets and answers their questions in all subjects. The tutor holds daily classes with the students while the hub centre classes are typically for 5-6 days each month for the students of any one cluster.
Main objectives of the programme
To help girls and young women from underserved communities complete their secondary school education.
To provide market relevant vocational skills to the students in order to increase their employability.
To focus on personality development and confidence building to make them strong individuals.
Partnership with Sai Prabhu Foundation:
Sai Prabhu Foundaiton with its motto of 'Empowering People, Transforming Lives' works towards enabling people from disadvantaged backgrounds to access opportunities in education and health that are otherwise not available to them. In partnership with PRATHAM, it extends financial support to eligible girls and women enrolled in the 'Second Chance Programme'.
These young women need your support to accomplish their dream of completing their Secondary School Education. Please make a donation, now.