Prerna Girls School About
A high school for underprivileged girls is a pioneering effort of Study Hall Educational Foundation. It started in 2003 with 80 students and four teachers. Now the school extends quality education to over 800 girls from needing background. These girls come from the neighbouring slums and communities and being compelled by their circumstances, most of them work in houses as domestic helpers. Hence the school runs during the afternoon in the premises of Study Hall at Vipul Khand. Every child is given a snack every day, it helps to boost attendance, is often a nutrient for those girls who have not been able to eat because they have just returned from work, This is provided by kind courtesy of DiDi's Foods and last but not the least, it gives the feeling that “someone cares for them”. Prerna follows the UP Board syllabus till Class VIII and then the girls appear for Class X and Class XII examination from the National Institute of Open School.
All girls at Prerna have scary and inspiring stories. These girls have brutal home lives. Lives that are hard, violent, abusive, powerless and very poor. Many of these girls are not touched at home, except to be beaten. Their fault is being female, lower caste and poor. Not much further you can fall in the universal power ladder. They have no control over their lives, their earnings and their bodies. Yet they engage in their studies, come to school regularly and put in the work they need to do. This is their hope to get a new life... to fulfill a dream that they have dared to have.
There are many more such strong girls cleaning someone else's home and dishes, supporting an alcoholic father and getting married off at 13. There are many more than we can currently support with our modest funds. These girls have risen above their circumstances and want to grow up to be doctors, teachers, pilots and business women.. Help them reach their dreams.
We use Critical Feminist Pedagogy at Prerna Girls School to enable girls to take a feminist stance in their lives. It helps them to discover who they are, to understand the oppression they face every day and develop a deeper understanding of this subordination. Critical Feminist Pedagogy equips them to face the challenges that life is going to throw at them just because they are girls. It attempts to enable the girls to resist discrimination and rise above it. Prerna Girls School has built a curriculum around Critical Feminist Pedagogy that uses multimodal tools such as critical dialogues, drama, digital stories and, music.
We urge you to be a part of this grass roots initiative to give these girls a better future.
Dr. Urvashi Sahni
(Founder & Director)