Philanthropic organisation SCIR recently reached an important milestone. Their first ‘Batch of Bridge’ girls have graduated from the University of Calcutta. These girls had dropped out of formal education when SCIR reached
out to them after helping their mothers reach a certain degree of financial independence. As the mothers attended sewing classes organised by SCIR, these girls were sent to the learning centre run by SCIR – that started with only three students. Presently, it is attended by 183 students.
The first step was to get these girls to complete their secondary examinations – which most of them did quite successfully. By then, these young women were a changed lot. They had aspirations which they wanted to attain through education. They completed their higher secondary examinations and SCIR arranged for their admission in colleges. The circle seems to have been completed as these girls are now graduates (scoring between 65% and 75% marks) and many of them dream of completing their post-graduation – a pursuit that will be encouraged by SCIR.