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Life Is Not Just A Chore

Housemaids seek new avenues for study and vocational training beyond their call of duty

Life Is Not 
Just A Chore
Life Is Not Just A Chore
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The school was started on a verandah of the YMCA, in the Tarnaka area of Hyderabad in 1989 by Janaki Iyer and Bhagyalaxmi. They wanted to educate the girl children of construction workers. "Today, the school has students between 5-17 years and all of them are coached till they are ready to take the class VII board exam," says V. Sailaja, who teaches there.

The girls are divided into three groups. In the first, they are taught numbers and the alphabet. Once they start understanding syntax and sentences, they move on to group II. At this level, general science, maths, environment and history are introduced. Gradually, they adapt to the state syllabus. they also discuss newspaper reports and have story-reading sessions. Embroidery and tailoring classes are held thrice a week. Slowly but surely, they become aware of their rights and develop a thirst for knowledge. The school also admits some students in government schools. More importantly, the school continues its association with old students by way of academic help and career guidance. Lalitha and Maria, now in college, drop in. Both of them are still working as maids but are firm about continuing their studies.

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