Who are the Dalits? The word Dalit comes from a Hindi word meaning “oppressed, suppressed, downtrodden.” Dalits are denied access to temples, public wells, even barbershops. Although this practice was outlawed 60 years ago Dalits continue to endure segregation in housing, schools and access to public services. Dalit children face continuous hurdles in education. They are made to sit in the back of classrooms and endure verbal and physical harassment from teachers and other students.
What is NariGunjan? NariGunjan (Women’s Voice) is a non-profit, non-government organization, established in 1987 by Sudha Varghese. Over the years, NariGunjan has worked with thousands of Musahar children and women in Bihar through formal and non-formal education centers and support groups. NariGunjan partners up with Aavishkaar to conduct 4 workshops each year aimed to inspire scientific inquiry and develop critical thinking skills in an experiential learning format. The children then share the learning in their local community/schools making this model of teaching more inclusive and sustainable.
What can I do? Join us in celebrating the educational journey of the Dalit girls. A donation of any amount is welcome and will help enable progress of girls in this community.
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