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Warwan Education Initiative

CHINAR International has started an education intervention in the remote Warwan valley. The valley, with 14 villages and a population of around 20,000, is around 89 km away from Srinagar and remains cut off from rest of the world for 6 months in a year during winters .Unfortunately, the place lacks almost all basic amenities like electricity, mobile connectivity, road connectivity, hospitals, etc. As a pilot , CI selected two government schools under its Quality Education Program with a total roll of 154 students in Mulwarwan village. CI arranged winter tuitions for students of these schools for 4 months in the winter of 2016 (November 2016 to February 2017) and also conducted training workshops for teachers and volunteers involved in the program. With the success of our pilot program , CI launched 2 more tuition centers in Margi and Dasbal villages covering a total of 650 students who are being taught by 14 teachers.

Based on our asessment,youth in Warwan don't possess significant skills to earn a sustainable livelihood- a majority of them remain involved in unskilled labour and agriculture.CI has started a skill center in Mulwarwan village where 40 girls receive training in cutting and tailoring and plans to set up two more centers where youth will be trained in multiple skills. To overcome communication barrier in Warwan,CI installed VSAT terminal in Mulwarwan village -a first of its kind intervention which will not only foster our communication with the community but will also connect the valley to the rest the world. As a part of education initiative, smart TVs were also installed at learning centers where students are learning through digital content.

Funds are needed to scale up the current project and enroll more children/youth in our programs.With your support, CI is hopeful to bring a transformational change in the socio-economic conditions of the people in Warwan Valley.