THAKURGAON, Bangladesh, Oct 14 (IPS) – October 15th is Rural Girls’s Day. IPS travelled some 460 kms from Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, to the agricultural space of Thakurgaon District. Right here we discovered a nursing college largely geared in direction of educating and coaching younger, rural women in a career. Nila Kispotta, a 19-year-old rural woman from the Oraon ethnic neighborhood, has turn into a determine of outstanding achievement to the small, poverty-stricken village in Thakurgaon in northwest Bangladesh that she grew up in. Born right into a household of each day wage earners, Kispotta dreamt of a distinct life. So when she enrolled in tertiary schooling to pursue a diploma in Nursing Science and Midwifery — she achieved one thing her household and neighborhood hadn’t even dreamed was doable.
“Lady youngsters are principally bearing the brunt of poverty in our society, however I continued my battle in opposition to all odds. Solely slightly assist can change the lifetime of many women,” Kispotta informed IPS.
It will have been not possible for Kispotta to pursue a tertiary schooling with out monetary help.
However after matriculating from a Christian missionary college, she went to a neighborhood school for 2 years earlier than enrolling within the Moimuna Nursing Institute in Thakurgaon, 460 kilometres away from capital Dhaka. It’s a non-profit accepted by the Bangladesh Council of Nursing and Midwifery, and affords a three-year diploma in nursing for Taka 110,000 or $1,500, which incorporates tuition charges, lodging, uniforms and books.
In accordance with the institute’s chair of the board of administrators, Dr. Saifullah Syed, it was designed to make sure that rural women are given a chance to obtain an schooling, regardless of their monetary backgrounds.
“We provide needs-based scholarship and we’re making a scholarship fund in order that poor women can obtain help,” Syed informed IPS, including that scholarships have been funded by voluntary contributions and that the fund was managed by a board of trustees. He added that particular person donors might even instantly help particular college students.
“It’s the lowest value institute within the nation, and the charges cowl solely the working value of the programs and it has turn into troublesome to run the programs as many poor college students are enrolled right here due to the scholarship amenities,” Syed informed IPS.
Kispotta, who’s in her first 12 months, is grateful for the waiver of charges.
“Now it is easy for me to proceed the diploma in nursing at a non-public institute as the schooling charges have been waived,” she mentioned. Kispotta added that upon completion of the diploma, she plans to pursue a bachelor’s diploma in nursing.
“She is our delight,” the aged Gabriel Kispotta, a distant relative of Kispotta who lives in Thakurgaon, informed IPS. “None of us have even handed highschool,” he mentioned, including that round 15 Oraon households lived within the space.
Thakurgaon and its adjoining districts has a inhabitants of simply over 1.2 million — of which a million dwell in rural areas — and a literacy charge of just below 42 p.c.
The institute, housed by itself campus, opened early this 12 months with a primary group of 20 underprivileged, college students, principally rural women.
It homes trendy labs, a library, a hostel and a big, lush inexperienced sports activities subject overlooking the institute the place college students and college take part in athletics, soccer, handball and cricket. There’s additionally a hospital onsite — the Moimuna Mata Shishu Hospital — that gives free healthcare companies and free drugs to poverty-stricken villagers.
“It is a specialised hospital for girls and kids, however we run like a common hospital as every kind of sufferers come right here as they get companies nearly freed from value,” Director of the Moimuna Mata Shishu Hospital, Dr. M.A. Momin, informed IPS.
Momin, a retired civil surgeon from a authorities hospital who additionally teaches on the institute, mentioned each the hospital and institute have been staffed by succesful medical employees who have been capable of successfully prepare the scholar nurses.
The institute’s curriculum affords quite a lot of programs that embody; English, laptop literacy, primary nursing, anatomy and physiology. The goal is to coach college students to the next customary that might enable them to entry additional coaching in amenities in city areas.
“There’s a big scarcity of certified nurses within the nation and we’re making an attempt our greatest to supply high quality nurses making alternatives for poor eligible college students, particularly for rural women,” mentioned the institute’s principal Lucy Biswas.
Most of Kispotta’s friends have an analogous monetary background.
Joya Rani, who enrolled on the institute from neighbouring Panchagar district, informed IPS that she badly wanted monetary help as she had no method of funding her schooling.
“Getting an opportunity to check right here with none value is a watershed in my life… I’ve struggled all via my life and I do not need to lose the battle,” she informed IPS. “Definitely I am going to attempt to turn into nurse and discover a job at a giant hospital within the capital,” Rani mentioned.
One other scholar, Sweety Akter, mentioned earlier than enrolling within the Moimuna Nursing Institute she had been capable of earn a small sum of money working as a non-public tutor. The funds went to help her household. “Now it has stopped and generally it turns into troublesome for me to handle the cash for meals on the hostel,” Akter informed IPS.
Solely a handful of scholars obtain full monetary help due to funding constraints, administration says.
Biswas, who previously headed various authorities nursing institutes earlier than taking over the put up at Moimuna Nursing Institute, informed IPS: “Had there been no monetary help, lots of the college students would have dropped out as they arrive from very poor households.”
Biswas mentioned that though tuition charges and hostel bills have been cheaper right here than every other personal nursing institutes within the nation, it was nonetheless troublesome for lots of the rural women to pay their schooling bills as their households have been locked in poverty and the wrestle for each day survival.
“The scholars are so poor that they sensible telephones and web expenses at dwelling for on-line courses through the coronavirus pandemic ,” Biswas defined. The nation went right into a nationwide lockdown on the finish of March, partially easing a few of these restrictions two months later, however persevering with with a restriction on journey till early August.
“In order that they returned to the hostels to pursue their research sustaining social distancing.”
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