Second Chance program helps girls who had quit education take up jobs after a short training, and helps women farm and set up small units
Roji Begum’s dream of earning money for her family has come true. A resident of Korat Bangaon village in Bihar’s Kishanganj district, Begum completed a six-month course in healthcare from Himachal Pradesh. She now works at Amrit Dhara Hospital in Karnal district of Haryana at a monthly salary of about Rs 10,000. Her job involves looking after patients and assisting the nurse on duty.
But life was not always smooth for 20-year-old Begum. In 2018, Begum flunked in the matriculation exam after which she stopped going to school. She could not pursue any vocational training due to her family’s economic condition.
When she learnt about the Second Chance program where girls could take up short courses at the Himalayan Group of Professional Institutions in Sirmaur district of Himachal, she went to Himachal. Despite a brief disruption due to the lockdown, her course got over in December 2020 and she has a job. For many young women like her, the program has been a turning point.