Educate Girls

Educate Girls' vision is to achieve behavioral, social and economic transformation towards an India where all children have equal opportunities to access quality education. We leverage existing community and government resources to ensure that all girls are in school and learning well. We aim at improving access and quality of education for 4 million children living in underserved communities in India by 2018.
Jan 4, 2012

A new initiative to enhance Creative Learning!

Educate Girls targets 100% enrollment, higher attendance and improved learning outcomes for all girls by creating “Community Ownership” of government schools. The strategy of parent based “School Management Committees (SMCs)” to facilitate school improvement has proved to be very successful. The number of schools with separate girls' toilets and drinking water facilities has increased from 44% to 71% and from 46% to 82% respectively.

However to overcome the challenge of working with first generation learners whose parents are unable to improve learning outcomes, Educate Girls has created village based volunteers recognized as “Team Balika”

Team Balika are village based volunteers who facilitate scalable and sustainable community owned programs. These champions for girl child education animate the principles of ‘My Village, My Problems and I am the Solution’. They spread awareness on the importance of girl child education and strengthen school management.

The success of Team Balika and Creative Learning Techniques (CLT) kits was seen when 140 Team Balika members increased Hindi reading by 25%, oral English by 20% and Math skills by 28% in just three months.

With additional support Educate Girls aims to enhance creative learning techniques by scaling the number of SMC members from 40794 to 65000 and Team Balika from 620 to 1000.

Sponsor a CLT kit today and support Team Balika impact learning outcomes and enhance the quality of education received by the children.

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Nov 29, 2011

Educate Girls wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the entire team of Educate Girls I would like to thank each one of you for encouraging us in our journey to empower girls. We are diligently moving towards our goal to improve access and quality of education for children living in underserved communities in India and towards closing the gender gap.

While the government invited us to scale our intervention to the neighboring Jalore district, in Pali we are only a few steps away from 100% girls’ enrollment. A year has passed and to date we have enrolled over 8,033 girls who are now enjoying their right to education. 

Thanks to your support we are also approaching our fund raising goal. There are only 3,210 girls remaining and we seek your ongoing support to bring them back to school!

You will be pleased to know that this year our efforts and your support have been appreciated and recognized by the EdelGive Social Innovation Honors, the World Banks’ Development Marketplace Award and the ‘Karmaveer Puraskar’.  

Make a donation this Thanksgiving and help us prevent all remaining 3,210 out-of-school girls from becoming child brides.

We are thankful for every milestone achieved and the continuous and generous support from you. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Safeena Husain
Executive Director

 

Leader of Girls Council Vidya with her mother
Leader of Girls Council Vidya with her mother
12 year old Kusum with her father Vijay Singh
12 year old Kusum with her father Vijay Singh
Pinka, not in school due to household duties
Pinka, not in school due to household duties

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Oct 18, 2011

How rural girl Leela became a girls' leader

Leela, 15, part-time enrolled, rural Rajasthan
Leela, 15, part-time enrolled, rural Rajasthan

On October 19th, it is GlobalGiving's LAST Bonus Day of the year! Starting at 12:01 am EDT, GlobalGiving will be matching all donations (up to $1,000 per donor, per project) at 30%. GlobalGiving has $100,000 available in matching funds. Don't miss a special opportunity to make a small donation with a big impact! 

Lately, we posted the story of Timi, a 13-year old girl from the tribal belt in Rajasthan. The fact that Timi is a farmer's only child and a girl reduces the chance that her parents will ever let her go to school, because who would then tend the goats? And who would do all the hard work young girls in rural India are often condemned to? Nevertheless, our field workers keep on visiting her home regularly and try convincing her father to enroll his girl at least part-time, a deal that can often be agreed on.

This was the case with Leela, a 15-year old girl, now part-time enrolled to a public school in Bali tribal belt, Rajasthan. Her parents finally agreed on sending her to school half a day, so she could still manage to do her duties.

In the morning, she studies Hindi, English and Maths. Very eager to learn, she has made great progress and grown a confident young lady. Leela was recently elected as one of the school’s Bal Sabhas members. As a girl’s leader she participates in life skills activites and motivates other girls to learn.

Back home in the afternoon, she helps her sisters with the rural girl’s everyday duties: fetching water and collecting fire wood for the evening meal. Finally having time for homework, Leela teaches her younger sisters what she has learned at school.

There are still more than 5000 girls out there in rural Rajasthan with the potential of Leela. Normally, a donation of 30$ will send 10 girls to school, providing them with a basic education and turning them into an active part of society. On October 19th however – with a little luck and fingers crossed – GlobalGiving will multiply the impact of your donation.

Thanks again for your support.

 

 

 

 

 

A happy girl packs her schoolbag
A happy girl packs her schoolbag
She
She's made great progress in Hindi reading & Math
She has many friends now and loves to go to school
She has many friends now and loves to go to school
After school she helps her sisters with the chores
After school she helps her sisters with the chores
She can teach her sisters what she has learned
She can teach her sisters what she has learned

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