Gram Vikas Trust started this initiative program in support of girls for who wish to continue higher education. Under this program young girls get bicycle to continue higher education. Lack of transport facilities force girls to drop out from school after 7th grade. Gram Vikas Trust have provided bicycle to hundreds of girls. Bicycle program helps them to travel and continue high school. After high school they also entered graduate program. Gram Vikas Trust also organizes five days residential “JivanUtkarshSibir” (career development) for these girls. The Aladarvillage of Vagra block have up to 6th standard Government run primary schools. Since 2009 none of the girl children enrolled in 7th standard. No girl child educated up to 8th standard from the village. The Female Literacy rate of the village is also lowest in the block. 100 % drop out rate among the girl children after 6th standard. In the year 2009 onward Gram Vikas Trust decide to provide Bicycle to each girl who passed 6th standard from the village school and enroll them in nearby village Goladra in 7th standard. Since 2009 onward 100 % girls from Aladar village enrolled in 7th standard and after 7th standard they enrolled in 8th standard in Kadodara village for studying upto 10th . This is the history in the village that bicycle motivate girl children and parent to reduce drop- out rate from 100 % to 0 %.
Like most girls her age in Kapalsari village of Bharuch, Jaheda Bibi’s schooling came to a full stop as soon as she cleared her 7th std. that she was a promising student was of no consequence. That she wanted to grow up to be a teacher herself one day was brushed aside like one of those impossible daydreams. Dreaming after all was just an indulgence.Reality was that she had a paralytic father. Her mother had to work as a house keeper in the more affluent families of the village to make ends meet and even that fell short. Her 3 younger siblings needed care. And most of all, Jaheda was just a girl. The very burden of all these realties was sufficient to squash any dreams Jaheda’s innocent eyes nurtured. So Jaheda took care of her brothers and sister and an ailing father when her mother was away. During the cotton season she took the additional responsibility of plucking cotton for an additional income. And on other days you could find her selling potatoes in the village. Her childhood was so easy to sacrifice at the altar of duty and tradition.
Niruben, the development activist from GVT Bharuch, was at her wits end to bring home to her parents, the gravity of the sacrifice that they were asking her to make. For three months Niru kept going back to her parents continuously and regularly. She invited Jaheda’s mother to attend the Child protection Committee’s meetings where discussions were on about children’s rights and their importance. Jaheda herself was absorbed in the children’s group where she got a few hours to live up her real age. The persistence finally bore results; Jaheda has been re-enrolled in school. Her siblings go to the aanganwadi. And for now Jaheda’s is reliving a childhood that she almost lost.