In India, 4.1 million girls don't show up to classrooms in which they belong, due to gender-related barriers. This problem is grievous in the villages, where merely 40% of girls reach grade 6. Girls in these remote & tribal villages belong to extremely socio-economically marginalized communities where their education is considered futile. They face the constant threat of child marriage, early childbirth, poor maternal health, trafficking, malnutrition & abuse brought on by patriarchy, inter-generational poverty & systemic apathy.
WHY EDUCATE GIRLS?
World Bank has said that educating girls is the single best investment a nation can make. Research shows that educating girls decreases child & maternal mortality, birth rates & violence against women, while massively improving family health & national income. It ensures she educates her own children, makes more informed decisions for herself & her family & enhances her chances of finding decent work. Hence, opening doors to achieving not one but many sustainable development goals.
WHAT WE DO
Educate Girls works towards enrolling the rural, marginalized girls back in school, ensuring quality education & transforming the community mindset towards girls' education.
Our intervention is focused on high incidence villages, where we work to increase the enrolment & retention of marginalized girls in grades 1-10. Our staff & community volunteers go door-to-door to identify every out-of-school-girl in the area & convince the parents to enrol their girls in school. They also mobilize the community through multiple village meetings & support school management efforts to improve the infrastructure of the school in a girl-friendly manner. To ensure a high rate of retention, we also keep a track of the girls enrolled in school. We keep going back until every girl is enrolled & learning well.
Educate Girls started from a 50 school pilot in Rajasthan and over 12 years we have scaled up to 26,000+ schools across 17 districts and enrolled 500,000+ out-of-school-girls in the states of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. With a proven, codified and replicable model of intervention, Educate Girls will scale its program and significantly reduce India’s education gender gap, by enrolling — and helping maintain the enrolment of out-of-school-girls, across the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh & Bihar.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The cost of sending one girl back to school is INR 650. Your contribution towards this project will help 500 out-of-school-girls enter the schooling system and not only have access to quality education but also transform the community as a whole.