Categories: Case Study
Date: 16 February 2009
Title: Lalita, Women's Empowerment
Lalita has been involved in the adult education programme for five years and is in the 7th standard. She first heard about the programme when her daughter was ill and she came to DGS for the medical services. She had never been to school before as she was the eldest child and needed to care for her brothers and sisters while her parents worked. Lalita also attends the women’s awareness groups and the sewing classes.
She used to be a domestic servant but once she was married she stopped work. At first her husband was unsure about the adult education classes because of her family responsibilities, but she can bring her daughters to DGS while she studies so is able to continue. Lalita got involved with the adult education classes because she would like to pay for her children’s education and would like to financially help her husband by getting a job when her children are more grown up. She says her socio-economic status has now changed, by joining the course she has learned how to budget and now understands money and it’s value a lot more. Lalita’s confidence and self-respect has increased and this has impacted on other areas in her life, she says she can travel more independently now and she can help her daughters with their education. Her husband is really proud of her and will often ask her to read things, which also aids her confidence. Lalita says the classes have enabled her to gain a broader education, she certainly will encourage her daughters to get an education and wants this to be their priority before marriage, as she feels this can be limiting for girls.