14Nov2014

Continuing Education through Radio

Kalsum with radio journalist Saroj

Kalsum with radio journalist Saroj

Kalsum, a young vivacious girl from rural Mewat, Haryana, was unable to attend school after 8th grade. Her family considered it unsafe for her to travel the long distance to secondary school on her own. They felt her time could be better spent looking after her younger siblings and fetching water for the family. In Dungeja, Kalsum’s village, family responsibilities come before education for most girls.

Kalsum says, “Nobody ever told us the importance of school. All we knew was that there is one government school in the village, which continues until eighth grade. I always thought schooling was a burden and found it difficult to attend the long school hours as I had to fulfill my family responsibilities.”

Not long after Kalsum left school, she began listening to educational programs on community radio Alfaz-e-Mewat. Sehgal Foundation set up alfaz-e-Mewat in 2012. It has provided Kalsum with the opportunity to continue her education.

The community radio station program Radio School and Galli Galli Sim Sim helps to fill gaps in education. Another program, Waqt Hamara Hai (the time is ours), encourages children to contribute to recordings.

Kalsum makes her younger siblings listen to programs on Alfaz-e-Mewat. She remarks, “Alfaz-e-Mewat’s programs have taught us the importance of hand washing and keeping the home and surroundings clean. My brothers and sisters have started going to school regularly and on time, imbibing good things shared in the programs.”

“I want my siblings to go to the senior secondary school and complete their schooling,” said a smiling Kalsum.

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