The past couple of days we have spent interviewing employee families and focus groups. Yesterday we had a focus group with a local NGO, Swabhimaan, which is also hosting an IBM CSC consultant team. They had a very inspirational vision (equality and education for all, turning a liability into an asset through education). It was a great discussion and gave my LSRM team a lot to think about in terms of potential models and options for furthering girls education. I think there is potential for Swabhimaan to work with LSRM in the future.
|The LSRM and Swabhimaan teams during our Focus Group|
|Focus Group with LSRM Employees|
What has been consistent across focus groups and interviews is that most people agree that India's view on girls education is changing. While many of the employees and families agree that infanticide of girl babies still exists and some groups (gypsies, extremely poor) have orthodox beliefs that devalue girls and education, they generally believe that girls and boys should receive equal levels of education. It is very encouraging to hear this consistently.
|Spending time with an LSRM family and 4 of their 6 children, including Ragni (14) and Saloni (8)|
|Another LSRM family and their 3 daughters, including Sapna (8)|
|Interviewing the mother of an LSRM family|
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