Computer Classes. Inequality of
opportunities and access exist in the Slums of India and Surat is no exception.
Mahila Mandals with help of NAVSARJAN has made computer education available to
people from slums.
Early exposure means greater
facility and a head start for talented individuals. There are two computer
centers and seven computers in each center. During one hour, each batch of
students is given computer education. There is a theory session and a hands-on
practice in the computer. The syllabus comprises MS Office, Corel Draw and
Adobe Photoshop, Tally: other items may
be added depending on the progress of the students. Besides means of learning
knowledge of computer provides an additional advantage in their employability.
2) Tailoring Classes:
Urban poverty is on increase and
families in the slums need extra income to survive. Wo/men work to meet two
ends meet however often women have to remain home and be satisfied with part
time paid work. In slums many women are constrained from finding paid work
outside home. Mahila Mandals have responded to needs of these women who seek employability
without moving much out of their surroundings. Tailoring classes, though with
limited outreach provide skills and employment for number of women to earn a
little and support their families.
Total tailoring classes in the
area are: 7
Total number of women trained in
tailoring: 150 per year
Tuition fee per person for 6
months: Rs. 900