Vidushee is a program initiated by Shreeja India that seeks to promote education for girls in tribal communities through a “pay forward” approach. Every year, young children in tribal communities aged 5-10 are taught by older female students from the same tribal communities under the guidance of Shreeja India. Senior Shreeja girls who have gone through the program and pass their class 10 or 12 board exams are trained to teach younger children (classes 1-4) in their respective villages and paid for their time. In this way, the program aims to simultaneously empower women and educate first-generation children in tribal communities through a collaborative multi-generational approach. So far, over 150+ young children are part of Vidushee.
The goal of Vidushee is the following:
To familiarize tribal children, especially girls with the habit of attending schools regularly and follow instructions from teachers from their tender age of 5 years.
To offer opportunities to Shreeja Senior girls (ages 18-20 years old) to earn money by teaching younger girls (5-10 years) in their respective villages. In the process, they too stay in touch with the foundational learning curriculum.
To bring the whole community closer through education and live harmoniously with each other.