City based girls Renita and Shamitha and Fauzia and Sameera K from Kadaba are the ones who will be feted with the award at a function to be held as part of Mangaluru Press Club Day at Bharat Scouts & Guida Bhavan, Lalbagh on December 18. Dakshina Kannada district in-charge minister, B Ramanath Rai will confer a cash award of Rs 10,001 and a citation to the women achievers.
The selection panel comprised of BA Vivek Rai, former vice-chancellor of Karnataka State Open University, theatre artist Sadananda Suvarna and Prof Rita Noronha.
Renita and Shamitha, having obtained degrees from a college in Mangalore University in 1995, embarked on their journey of imparting education as teachers at a school in Ramanagara near Bengaluru in 1996. However the school closed down in some time.
Later the two opened an anganwadi at Shankarnarayana near Kundapur, premises for which was given to them by the gram panchayat for a monthly rent of Rs 300. The school named after Mother Teresa, started off in 1998 initially with 12 students providing education from LKG to PU class and currently has a student strength of 1050 students. Students belonging to the lower strata of the society from nearby areas depend on this school for their education.
Likewise Fauzia and Sameera K from Kadaba in Puttur taluk, too are being honored for their effort in opening the Aims institute which has been educating school dropouts who were very much interested in further pursuing their studies
The two got permission from Mangalore University in 2013 to start degree college. Aims first degree college started to function at Kadaba with 180 students. The college has been serving rural students who are deprived of opportunities.