How Kerala police’s HOPE project has helped dropouts come back to school

Vinod, Nahieeda Bathul and Mithun Kumar are all wearing dark blue T-shirts, with the word HOPE written on them. They had just been on stage at the Special Armed Police (SAP) camp in Thiruvananthapuram, telling their life stories to an audience,...

How Kerala police’s HOPE project has helped dropouts come back to school

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VINOD, Nahieeda Bathul and Mithun Kumar are all wearing dark blue T-shirts, with the word HOPE written on them. They had just been on stage at the Special Armed Police (SAP) camp in Thiruvananthapuram, telling their life stories to an audience of students, parents and teachers.

All three had once dropped out of studies or failed a class but came back to school again, to take up from where they left off.

Vinod has cleared four of the five subjects in Class 12 that he had once dropped out of. Nahieeda, who had grown up in Tamil Nadu and had to once give up on her studies, moved to Kerala, picked up Malayalam within a month and finished her Class 10 exams. Mithun, who was once denied a chance to play football because he couldn't clear his Class 10 exams, has both finished his schooling and found a place in a football club.

They came back to studies through a project by the Kerala Police called HOPE, aimed at educating students who had once dropped out of studies due to issues at home or because they were failing their exams.

The police, after identifying students who drop out every year, urge them to come back to study with the help of the various HOPE centres in the state. In the last five years, more than 2,000 students have cleared their Class 10 and 12 exams through the project.