Invited by the SAF Founder to attend the South Asia Foundation Learning Initiative meeting in New Delhi on 14th December 2003, Professor Ahmed Khan Tareen, Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University, submitted a training project at the Institute of Home Science (Kashmir University).
Professors of the University had designed a unique one-year diploma course which would extensively train educated girls in pre-primary education, childcare and entrepreneurship skills to run a school.
The scholarship amount per awardee provided for free accommodation, laboratory expenses and field training, teaching material, remuneration to faculty and miscellaneous expenses at the discretion of the course Director.
Three years later 86 girls from different regions (Ladakh, Uri,Gurez, Qazigund, Banifal, Karnah, Doda) were trained and started their own “Phoolban Schools” with school equipment, toys and teaching aids provided by the SAF.
Example of school opened by SAF Vocational Training Scholarship program.
So far 112 women have been trained. This project completely transformed the shy village girls into bold personalities, ready to take the challenge and become women entrepreneurs in education.