A government school in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was founded to teach women in the rural areas of the state how to run their own businesses.
The government-run institution is a collaboration between the Rani Awasthi government college and the women-run community of the nearby village of Awastha, where Rani’s father and several of her relatives live.
The school, which opened on August 9, has been hailed as a success for women’s empowerment.
“We have a huge problem of illiteracy, which is why we decided to set up this education centre,” said Rani, who is now the head of the school’s women’s wing.
In the years since, more than 3,000 women have enrolled in the school, and more than 1,200 are currently enrolled.
As women started running their own business, they were asked to be part of the administration team.
When the government college opened, it also set up a women’s welfare committee, which helps run the school and its facilities.
The committee includes Rani and the rest of the women.
“We started with a very small budget, but the amount that we received was more than we ever expected.
Today, it’s an organisation that works for the women,” said Shanti Devi, the school president.
After a year, the new women’s center opened its doors.
The women are also getting trained in business management and management skills, as well as in the management of their own families.
The girls who work in the new center say they are more empowered by having the experience they’ve had in the classroom.
At the school today, Rani speaks to students in Hindi and English about their own experiences.
“I was scared when I started at the school because I didn’t know the language.
But I have learnt it over the past few years,” said Chhota, a young woman who works in the women’s department.”
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