On 29th August, the parents of 138 adolescents took a pledge to not let their children get married until the legal age and let them complete their education till atleast the 12th grade. This pledge rounded the formal launch of Apnalaya’s E3 (Education, Employability & Empowerment) at Shivaji Nagar.
The adolescents also pledged to complete their education and not get married before the legal age.
Apnalaya works with adolescents through the E3 programme – supporting their formal education by cluster-based scholarships, and providing them with social education through mentors. This programme aims to ensure:
- Zero school drop-outs,
- Zero under-age marriages, and
- Develop a cadre of community volunteers and role models.
The hall was packed to capacity around 300 people, the event kick-started with Malathy Madathilezham, our Education & Livelihoods director explaining how E3 will work. A street play by Khula Aasmaan Kabaddi mentors showcased Apnalaya’s E3 programme.
Alumni mentors of other Education & Livelihoods initiatives introduced the new mentors of the E3 programme. Parents of adolescents present spoke about their experience with Apnalaya.
A quiz contest held by Apnalaya programme counselors on prevention of child marriage act ensured that the parents were acquainted with the provisions of the act.
To progress in life, every individual needs access to Education and a decent, dignified livelihood to support them and their family. The urban poor, however, are deprived of quality education opportunities and lack the necessary skills and qualifications to secure stable, jobs in the organized sector. Apnalaya provides youth with pathways to education helps individuals to access opportunities for developing vocational skills, especially through our E3 programme.