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Shanthimalai Skill Development Program (SSDP, formerly PTP)
The School Sponsorship Program has enabled children from even the most difficult circumstances to stay in school, get a first-rate education and graduate successfully. As these students completed their high school education, it became clear that they needed additional support to move on either to a college education or to vocational training which would make them eligible for suitable employment.
To meet this need, Shanthimalai Research and Development Trust (SRDT) launched the Shanthimalai Skill Development Program (SSDP), formerly PTP, in 2001. Over the past 2 decades, SSDP has offered vocational training and higher education to hundreds of students.
Currently, 262 students participate in the program which covers:
The Need for Higher Education and Skill Development
Due to a growing awareness of rapid global transformation with its corresponding demand for education, students are eager to equip themselves with communication, software, and managerial skills. Most parents in this region, however, are uneducated and live below the poverty line. Even when they are committed to educating their children, the majority are incapable of providing financial support for higher education.
Only 15% of students in the Tiruvannamalai region go on to college. Parents often take their children out of school early, as sons are needed to help support the family, and girls traditionally leave school in order to marry young. Family pressures, as well as the lack of economic, social and cultural opportunities, place a heavy burden on students.
Bridging the Gap
These rural students, although smart and hardworking, are at a disadvantage when applying for jobs. SSDP addresses this in several ways:
These young people are the first generation in their families to attend college.
The program is funded by sponsorships and private donations. You can sponsor an applicant now by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org