Education is one of the most critical areas of empowerment of women. Especially in the third world economies, the deprivation and ostracization that women and girl children suffer is a major reason for socio-economic under-development. Education is an area that offers some of the clearest examples of discrimination that women suffer in a society like India– A fact, borne by the following statistic-
1. Gross Enrolment of girls into secondary education in Urban areas is 78% whereas it drops to 25% in higher education whereas GER for Higher Education in Rural areas is 7%.
2. More than 70% of girl children discontinue their studies to take up employment that will supplement family income.
Offering basic education is one sure way of empowering women to making them equal stakeholders in life. An educated woman has the skills, information and self-confidence that she needs to be a better parent, worker and citizen. In the words of Aung San Suu Kyi, the education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.
This is the underlying idea behind Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Niketanam College of Human Excellence for Women. A veritable labour of love that has been scripted by Divine Will and strung together by Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust and Sai Seva Sangh, two organizations that have dedicated themselves to the cause of education and empowerment of the needy and the underprivileged.
Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust is a public charitable trust that was established in 1981, in the serene landscapes of Chikkaballapur in Karnataka. Inspired by the teachings of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Prashanthi Bala Mandira has spread His message of Love All, Serve All by rendering selfless
service to the needy and under privileged with a unique blend of spirituality and secularism. A seed then sown by men and women of great virtuosity and brilliance but with limited means has today blossomed and spread far and wide. Today, as part of the Educare mission of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, the Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust has changed the lives of many families through 30 such free educational institutions in 15 campuses spread over 9 districts of Karnataka and providing free education to more than 5000 students from rural background.
The Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Niketanam college of Human Development for Women is the first institution of the Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust set up in Telangana in Kondapaka village in the Siddipet district.
Read more about Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust here.
In 1988, a few alumnae of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s Anantapur campus in Andhra Pradesh, inspired by Bhagawan’s teaching started hygiene and sanitation classes for women and their children in a slum area of Moosapet, Hyderabad. Gradually, this paved way for a school for these children as they were wasting their life in idle pursuits and were increasingly getting drawn to bad habits. With Swami’s blessings. the untiring efforts finally bore fruit when the school, Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir, was established in 1994. Today, the school provides quality education till Std X for poor and destitute girl children. Beside academics, the focus is on creating individuals of character through a holistic value-based education, delivered completely free of cost. In addition to the school, the Sai Seva Sangh today, also manages an orphanage and an old age home. Read more about Sai Seva Sangh here.
Sri Sathya Sai Prashanthi Niketanam College of Human Excellence for Women is a culmination of the joint efforts of Prashanthi Bala Mandira Trust and Sai Seva Sangh, inspired and blessed by, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. It is an endeavour to provide completely free value-based education to the girl children from predominantly rural and underprivileged backgrounds and providing them with opportunities in life. The college aims to create a means for these girls’ empowerment ranging from health, self-defence, leadership, entrepreneurship, to democracy and governance and employment opportunities. And while enabling all this, in the process, also making them excellent human beings who can become role models in future for society at large. The institute offers completely free of cost value-based education to all the enrolled students, more than 50% of who are either orphans or who are from extremely backward sections of the society