Endeavours In Education – Bru
The Sewa International Vision
The rehabilitation efforts have been proven inadequate for the needs of the displaced public. Owing to the lack of educational infrastructure and government interest in their well-being, the community has been unacquainted with sanitation or water management and well as disease quarantine. The frequent evacuations, not only erode the lives, but also opportunities and basic necessities like education for the community. For many of their people, meagre incomes are not sufficient to provide families with two square meals a day.
Lacking the support for primary livelihood, Sewa International has decided to support our Reang brethren and help bridge the gaps in governance by connecting with the youth and exploring new opportunities. At Sewa International, the vision is not a top down approach to help the community but a self generated, sustainable plan which puts the Brus onto a path of development and prosperity.
From giving them access to basic and free healthcare to generating employment through skill training and enabling the youth by means of computer literacy Sewa International has taken a lead in bringing the plight of this community to the mainstream discourse. Sewa International, as part of the initiatives
Education and Tuition Centers For Bru Children
It was almost always a common sight to see the local children loitering around, through the days. In view of the already overburdened schools these children unable to get education or even access to a decent school. And even if there are schools, the parents cannot afford to send these children to school, thus leading to a deficit in literacy levels. In cooperation with the local teams, a few Remedial Education Centres have been started within the camps that will run with the help of volunteers for a few hours every-day. The initiative, which began with 1 or 2 centres has now ballooned into 14 centres across two camps at Naisinghpara and Ashapara, empowering more than 280 students whose warm laughter echoes within the grounds.The volunteers hold evening classes for the children and also run tuition centers for the kids of upto class 8th.
Owing to the overwhelming response, Sewa International plans to expand its programmes to other camps, spreading the joy of literacy. Systematic support and quality education for enhanced learning would ensure the preservation of the Reang’s culture and heritage.
Computer Training- Towards a digital tomorrow
For promoting Digital Literacy among the youth and children of the camps, Sewa International opened up two Computer centres in Naisinghpara Refugee Camp in Tripura and Damparengpui village in Mizoram.
There was an existing computer centre at Naisinghpara Camp with just 3 functional computers and needed upgrade. In 2016, Sewa International provided 15 computers for this centre as well as for new one in Mizoram where some of the refugees had residing. So far, more than 100 youth have undergone training at these centers.
The training programme comes in two modules one each of duration 3 months for a basic computer course and 6 months for a diploma course.
School Kit Distribution
In refugee camps of Ashapara and Naisinghpara in North Tripura, where Sewa is running 9 and 6 Sewa Learning Centres(SLC) respectively, the center students were suffering due to lack of basic stationery items like pencils as well as didn’t have any bag to carry their copies and books around. 500 such kits were distributed in the Ashapara & Naisinghpara Camps in our 15SLCs, and in a dilapidated SSA school in Khakchangpara camp in the presence of the visiting Sewa International team.