Anusha, a 22 year old girl from Bellary is a bright and successful IT professional who swears to help children in need as much as possible. She is an inspiration not only to her family but also to children in her community. She has recently contributed Rs.1300 towards World Vision India’s Shiksha for Children project and helped enrol a child at one of the Remedial Education Centres (REC).
Shiksha for Children is aimed at helping children between the ages of 6 and 13 have access to educational support, apart from their regular school through Remedial Education Centres. In every centre, a teacher conducts free classes for two hours, five days a week. These centres has helped many drop out children to improve their learning and join back regular classes at school.
This is what makes Anusha’s gift very special! At the age of 8, Anusha herself was enrolled into World Vision India’s Child Sponsorship program. Her parents were daily wage labourers and could hardly make the ends meet with their meagre income. They were not sure if they could let Anusha go further for higher studies and achieve her dream of becoming an IT professional.
Anusha continued to work hard to achieve her dream, and joined a diploma course in Government Polytechnic College. After completing the diploma, she joined Ballari Institute of Technology & Management (BITM) to pursue an engineering course. Since Anusha’s father worked as a security guard, his income was not enough to support her college study. World Vision India stepped in with its timely support to Anusha and assisted her with a laptop and tuition fees. This motivated and encouraged Anusha to study hard and complete the course with flying colours. She received many laurels and recognitions for her excellent performance in her college. This helped her, without much difficulty, to secure a good job at a reputed company.
Looking at Anusha’s active participation in World vision India programmes and growth, her mother also started to participate in community works. Her mother developed an interest to help children in need and to protect them from child labour and child marriage practices. Till date, she has succeeded to enrol 11 child labours to the REC and helped them join back in regular school. She also helped stop two child marriages during COVID pandemic lockdown. Anusha and her mother gave remedial education classes and regular tuition classes for poor children in their community. Anusha’s mother continues to teach at World Vision India’s Remedial Education Centre (REC) even today.
“I have achieved success in life, and now I look forward to sponsor a child like me and gift her the opportunity just like how my sponsor did for me. I am proud to tell that, whatever I am today is only because of all the inspirations and support I got through World Vision India and my sponsor,” shared Anusha.
Around 19,791 children have benefited out of the Remedial Education Centre (REC) program run by World Vision India. The REC Model is an innovative approach and community-led process that emphasizes on access to quality education, attains age-appropriate learning outcomes, and develops essential life skills and values to channel them into the public education system. World Vision India has successfully trained 329 REC teachers to lead and champion the REC module.
Education is at the centre of building human capital. Delivered well, education – along with the human capital it generates – benefits individuals and societies. For individuals, education raises self-esteem and furthers opportunities for employment and earnings. In addition, for a country, it helps strengthen institutions within societies, drives long-term economic growth, reduces poverty and spurs innovation. World Vision India’s mission is for all children to be learning and acquiring the skills, they need to be productive, fulfilled and involved citizens.