We work in rural villages in Usilampatti Taluk, about 40 km from Madurai, in Tamil Nadu, South India. This is an impoverished area that was infamous a few years back for poisoning unwanted female babies. Whilst the problem with infanticide has greatly diminished, gender discrimination has not and infanticide is often replaced by feoticide. The 2011 census reported for this area a sex ratio of children under the age of 6 as only 885 girls for every 1000 boys and a 58% literacy rate for girls, compared to 74% for boy. Girls are simply seen as a financial liability.
Our English-medium school provides a high quality education for children from this area. Families like the one in the cover photo have new hope when they can give their children, pictured also on the cover photo, a good education.
Education is one of the principle routes out of poverty. Girls can become income earners and therefore seen as less of a financial liability. Good education for boys is essential also if attitudes towards females are to change and families are to escape from extreme poverty.
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