Nominated Literacy Heroes

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Name : Shakira



Place : Bareily

City : Bareily

Sex : female

Date of Birth : 12/09/1987

Mobile : 8191874951

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Educational Qualification : M.Com, LLb

Work in field of literacy : In 2008, Shakira started free teaching classes for girls who were not going to school and were engaged in Zardozi embroidery in and around Bareilly, with the aim to make these girls literate. She was motivated due to extremely low literacy among girls in the area and their parents’ reluctance to educate girl child. Since the girls were engaged in “Zardozi” embroidery, they were available only in night, hence Shakira started night school for these girls. She overcame resistance from their parents as they were afraid that their girls will leave “Zardozi” work and their income will be depleted. But her continuous struggle, counseling helped and she successfully complete one batch of twenty eight and every year she is teaching a batch of 28-30 girls in night classes. Her brave deed caught the fancy of various new reporters and her benevolent work was reported in press but without any economic aid.

No of Beneficiaries : 200

Social Impact : Because of her free education classes girls in that area are aware about their rights and are empowered. In that area even the elders have a change in their view point and gradually some of them have started sending their girls to school, it is a start of a revolution of sorts.

Fund Outlay : 200000

The challenge of arranging funds is being met : This craze to educated their daughters to those who would not want their daughters education.She arranges for copies and books from her own salary which is around Rs. 200 per month. She has no support at present, she says that even if she gets Rs. 2000/- per month she can ensure 100 girls per year whom she can teach and make literate.

This Award is going to impact the work in future : It will encourage all those who are not sending their daughters for learning. With more girls literate they will also work towards literacy and help make a literate society.

Blood relative a member of 'Rotary Club': No

Whether received any major State/National/International recognitions or award/s earlier : No

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