The story of Janishala

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THE STORY OF JANISHALA:
AMIDST GENDERED EDUCATION AND CREATING LEARNING POSSIBILITIES

by the Nirantar Team

Janishala was started by Nirantar in 2008, in Mehroni block of Lalitpur district, Uttar Pradesh. Janishala was part of Sahjani Shiksha Kendra, Nirantar’s field intervention in the area of women’s education and empowerment. Learners at the Janishala were between 14 to 25 years of age and came from Dalit and Adivasi communities. Early marriage, along with poverty, hard labour, violence and migration, marked the lives of the young Janishala learners, as a result of which they have either not been able to complete their primary education or have had poor quality of education. A residential space like the Janishala enabled learners to engage with education in a focussed and intensive manner. It also helped quicken the pace of learning.

Such an intervention is significant in a context where out-of-school young women have no opportunity or…

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निरंतर की एक और पहल: दक्षिण पुरी में लर्निंग सेंटर की शुरुआत

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निरंतर द्वारा परवाज़ अडोलसेंट सेंटर फॉर एजुकेशन (PACE) नामक प्रोजेक्ट के तहत खोले गए दो सेंटरों की कामयाबी के बाद अब संजय कैंप (दक्षिण पुरी) में एक नया लर्निंग सेंटर खोला गया है. एक्शन इंडिया की साझेदारी से यह सेंटर दिल्ली के संजय कैंप की ऐसी किशोरियों के लिए है जिनका किन्हीं कारणों से स्कूल छूट गया है.

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“कौन सी आज़ादी मांग रहे हो?” – Pinjra Tod Strikes Back!

Their fight has been lately catching national attention, with support pouring in from feminist groups and individuals across the country. But they have continued to fight and march against discrimination and sexism for some time now.

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In their latest march against student political group ABVP, they are not just tackling college politics but confronting a Patriarchal structure, especially in university campuses.

Here are a few slogans on what their fight is about and against.

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#pinjratod is an autonomous collective effort to ensure secure, affordable and not gender-discriminatory accommodation for women students across Delhi.

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“I Am Going Solo” – Women and Their Travel Stories

“The map was just an accessory. She knew exactly where she was.” ― Galt Niederhoffer

To step out of the house, travel to faraway places, explore the world or even loiter in the in the narrow alleys in one own city is a joy that women are most often kept away from. Famously, explorers in history and fables have always been and portrayed as male. It’s worth exploring why none of these words ever  bring to mind the image of a woman who steps out of her house, to have a nice time, travels to different places alone, or just loiter around?

Travelling has its own zest which fills people with excitement, anticipation, and thrill. Women have time and again spoken about their passion for adventure and traveling, though only some have managed to see these dreams to fruition. Why? The control of underlying structures of patriarchy on women’s bodies and their sexuality have set rigid norms to limit mobility, decision making, and financial independence of women. Travel often involves transgressing several of these norms and facing social reproach in its wake.

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ये है कैसी पढ़ाई?

8 सितम्बर 2016, अंतर्राष्ट्रीय साक्षरता दिवस के उपलक्ष पर निरन्तर में काम कर रही प्रार्थना पढ़ाई के साथ बच्चों के चुलबुले रिश्ते पर यह कविता प्रस्तुत करतीं हैं:

पढ़ाई, पढ़ाई, पढ़ाई, पापा कहते पढ़ाई, मम्मी कहतीं पढ़ाई,

कुछ ना समझ में आई, ये है कैसी पढ़ाई, ये है कैसी पढ़ाई?

भारी बैग ढोवाई, रोज़ डंडा खिलाई, दिन में तारे दिखाई,

ये है कैसी पढ़ाई, ये है कैसी पढ़ाई?

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