E Pic SubhaSubha Lakshmi is a 3rd standard student in Panchayat Union Middle School, P.M. Thevar Colony, Tuticorin. She is the eldest of the four siblings, with two younger brothers and a newborn baby sister.

Subha’s parents work as daily wage laborers in a nearby construction company. Due to the nature of their work, there are times when Subha had to skip school in order to look after her younger brothers and baby sister. As a result, she started lagging in her studies. This also started impacting her behavior in the school. On the days when she was in school, Subha was usually found to be tired and sad.

Her frequent absenteeism and change in behavior was observed by her tutor under the Ilam Mottukal Project, being implemented by Humana People to People India, with active support from Vedanta Sterlite Copper. On further enquiry Subha shared the reason for her behavior.

“She said she is really interested in coming to the school and wants to study. She further said that she likes her friends in the school and wants to be a better student,” recalls Subha’s Ilam Mottukal tutor. Motivated by this information, Subha’s tutor decided to remedy the situation. Following a visit to Subha’s house, the situation was explained to her parents. Upon hearing of their daughter’s wish, the parents realized their mistake and decided to make alternate arrangements so that their young kids can be looked after while they’re away for work and Subha does not need to skip school.

Subha’s tutor further had a meeting with her class teacher and developed a catch-up plan for accelerated learning so as to bring Subha at par with her other class mates. Following a little hard work, Subha today is one of the brightest students in her class.

On a special day at school when students make presentations, Subha presented before the audience what she had learned in the school during the month. The success of her efforts was clearly revealed in the proud smiles of her parents who were sitting in the audience that day.

The objective of the Ilam Mottukal project is to increase the learning outcomes and achieve expected competencies among approximately 10,500 girl students from Grade 1 to 8 over the period of 3 years by additional academic and material support. In addition to this, the project is also working on improving classroom transactions by empowering and elevating the quality of teachers to enhance their basic competency of teaching and enable learning environment for girls’ education in a sustainable manner.

And the holistic approach of the Ilam Mottukal project continues to influence factors within and outside the school in order to help ambitious girl students like Subha achieve their goals in life.

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