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According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Children 1992 – every child is born with fundamental rights, namely:
- Right to Survival – to life, health, nutrition, name, nationality
- Right to Development – to education, care, leisure, recreation, cultural activities
- Right to Protection – from exploitation, abuse, neglect
- Right to Participation – to expression, information, thought, religion
The underprivileged children, however, neither have access to these fundamental rights nor to the fundamental healthcare systems like clean hygienic bedsheets, clean water, vaccinations for diseases etc.
Above all, they do not have access to the right to education which can help them out of the vicious circle of poverty.
SUIT project “Aao Padhaiye Sabko Badhaiye” is a flagship programme that sponsors underprivileged children for their primary and secondary education and provides guidance as well as financial aid for their admission fee, course fee, exam fee, books, dresses, shoes, stationery, etc.
As the old proverb says, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. This is exactly what SUIT wants to do, with the only difference that we will let these children become capable enough to become independent and learn whatever they wish to rather than just fishing. SUIT believes that rather than serving meals in their plates which will keep them dependent on others all along their lives, we need to strengthen their arms and nurture their minds so that they can become self-dependent and live a life of dignity.
With this project, SUIT has provided education to marginalized children in both rural and urban communities. This is done by either getting these children admitted to reputable schools or admitting them to SUIT’s birth child, the Sanskarshalas.
These are educational centers that are established in 9 districts of 11 cities mainly in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. A total of 22 Sanskarshalas are established in the 9 districts which are as follows:-
Sanskarshala In Barabanki
Sanskarshala in Rai Bareilly
Sanskarshala in Gonda
Sanskarshala in Deoria
Sanskarshala in Ghaziabad
Sanskarshala in Firozabad
With these, SUIT has impacted the lives of more than 700 children already.
SUIT is also working on to establish secondary Sanskarshalas where children from class 8th to class 12th will be provided education. These will also work as a centers for training for competitive exams.
Accompanying these, SUIT has also established Creative Activities’ centres in Barabanki and Lucknow where women are offered certificate courses in sewing and beauty services.
To keep all these programmes running it is important to spread awareness about them to the populace. For this, various government and private schools, along with rural communities are being approached with workshops to educate them about the importance of secondary education and health and sanitation.
As a result of these efforts, SUIT has also transformed more than 35 villages through health education for disease prevention. This is an important part of our programmes as most villages have high amounts of malnourished, dehydrated and diseased people because of bad living conditions like dirty water. Health education could enable them to take action against any disease before it spread, but the lack of it causes thousands of deaths daily. According to the World Health Organisation, consumption of dirty water alone causes around 6000 people to die daily. It is really important to educate people about the simplest of solutions that could help manage the disease before it escalates to any health crises and lead to devastating results.
Apart from that, SUIT has conducted numerous activities including Drawing Competition, General Knowledge Competition, Hygiene awareness Campaign, etc. All these efforts have been recognized by HPCL, Apar India, M Tech Info, various local MLA’s and leaders and various media agencies.