Blossom is an educational residence for girls who have dropped out of school in Kerala, where they can continue their academic study and develop confidence. Our curriculum emphasizes communicative English, public speaking, computer skills, the arts and academic mastery.
In Kerala, the dropout rate for girls is very high in the Dalit community, those traditionally-considered “untouchable”. Girls’ individual excellence is not encouraged by their families, their communities or the society at large. Further, girls are often pressured to work before they finish their education. However, if these girls live in an environment where they can feel secure, loved and cared for, they will build their self-esteem. This is our motivation and this is the inspiration for Blossom Project.
Why Are Girls and Boys Learning Together?
Our learning community, Lokuttara Leadership Academy, has an established residential program for boys who have dropped out of school. Lokuttara provides training in Communicative English, computer literacy, personality development, and the Arts, along with daily meditation for these boys. They prepare their own meals and clean their hostel and the classrooms, and they learn how to collaborate and how to lead. We are currently serving our fifth batch of residential boy students, with all of our students making positive life changes after our course. We are proud of these students and their diligence!
Because of this success, many parents have said they want their daughters to study with us. The launch of Blossom allows us to offer the same program for girls that we do for boys. The hostels will be segregated by gender and the classes at Lokuttara will be integrated, in an environment of mutual respect and encouragement, where both girls and boys are trained to express themselves, to actively listen, and to collaborate. Blossom will create an environment at our academy where both girls and boys will thrive.
How Will Blossom Operate?
Blossom is a secure residential community for girls, overseen by a female warden. Girls stay for ten months, attending courses at Lokuttara Leadership Academy, alongside the residential boys. Girls cook and clean their hostel and attend their courses, regularly and punctually . After the course, these girls may take their exams and re-enroll in school. They also have an opportunity to return to their own villages, serving as youth leaders, training younger students and creating their own unique social projects, with the help of our Lokuttara Leadership Academy alumni network.
Everyone associated with Blossom is required to follow Lokuttara Leadership Academy’s Youth Protection Policy.