In its continuing efforts in “Reaching the Unreached” by providing educational opportunities to deprived sections of the Society, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Nagpur Regional Centre has taken a new initiative to reach out to the Commercial Sex Workers (CSWs) of Nagpur.
The first activity in this regard was organised on Teacher’s Day. The activity was conducted in collaboration with Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), Nagpur Branch. They invited a group of CSWs (including their peer educators) with a total of 18 CSWs attending the first special awareness meeting. The programme started with the dignitaries garlanding the photograph of Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan.
Dr. P. Sivaswaroop, Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Centre, Nagpur complimented the Peer Educators on the eve of Teachers’ Day. He said that education can happen at any place, on any topic and in any manner, for uplift of the fellow human beings. He said that Open University offers education in a flexible manner so that one need not discontinue their daily activity. If they have interest and willingness to improve further, they can use the services offered by IGNOU.
Dr. Sivaswaroop stated that IGNOU has started educating CSWs in Kolkata and Ahmedabad, now IGNOU wants to extend the same facility in Nagpur also. He also shared that one CSW at Kolkata has become school teacher after completing her studies in IGNOU.
C H Rajgure of IGNOU Regional Centre explained about Bachelors Preparatory Programme and B.A./B.Com. Programme. He explained about the admission procedure.
Asha Urkude requested those who attended the programme that they can educate themselves as well as their children, and thus by this way they can become teachers themselves.
The programme was conducted by Amrapali Mendhe of B.P. National College, Nagpur.
Sailin Bhingardive of IRCS proposed a vote of thanks. The programme was attended by IRCS functionaries and BP National College MSW students also including Jaganrao Taklikar, Social Worker (INTUC), Alka Mankar, Project Co-ordinator, Rekha, Rashmi, Atul, Satish, Anil, Pawan, Preeti, Madhuri, Mangla, Pranali and Satish.