Educate Girls

Our Vision "We aim to achieve behavioral, social and economic transformation towards an India, where all children have equal opportunities to access quality education." Our Mission Educate Girls works to reform government schools for girls' education by leveraging existing community and government resources. Our goal is to improve access and quality of education for 4 million children living in underserved communities in India by 2016.
Feb 3, 2011

Making a difference: Snapshot of our work in 2010

All ready to go to school!
All ready to go to school!
Dear Friends,

Thank you once again for your support which helps us educate more girls. At "Educate Girls" we work towards improving enrollment, retention and academic performance of girls in some of the most backward areas within India.

We would like to take this opportunity to talk about our efforts and impact in 2010 and our plans going forward. At the beginning of the year (2010), we had identified 11,243 out-of-school girls through an extensive door-to-door survey in the district of Pali in Rajasthan.

During the year, we conducted 503 village meetings to understand the bottlenecks faced in enrolling girls into schools and to create awareness about the importance of educating girls. We heard several apprehensions from parents such as Bhakti. While Bhakti always hoped for a better future for her daughters, she was uncomfortable with the idea of her girls travelling a long distance to school each day. Even after we introduced her to the possibility of enrolling her daughters in a residential program, she was still anxious about their health and safety. However, we did eventually succeed in convincing Bhakti to enrol her daughters in a residential program; although she made at least 4 surprise visits to see if all was well with the girls at school! A few months into the program, Bhakti is now totally convinced and beaming with happiness to see her dream turning into a reality... a better future for her daughters!
In 2010, with your support we successfully re-enrolled 4,590 girls like Bhakti’s daughters in mainstream schools and enrolled 921 in other relevant Bridge courses.

We also trained over 650 teachers through our teacher training program to improve the quality of education and make education more pertinent to these children. A great inspiration for our program this year has been Raghunath Singh. When he was posted in a government school in Kalpura village of Pali district for the second time, he was shocked to find only 1 student in the classroom! When we spoke to parents, we found out that lack of quality staff and infrastructure was a major deterrent in sending their children to school. With our help, Raghunath Singh reached out to every household in the village to convince parents to educate their children. Within a month of our efforts, the school count increased from 1 to 111. Through our teacher training program, we hope to master the challenge of convincing parents to send their girls to school and to give to the community many dedicated teachers like Raghunath!

So what’s next for us? In the next 5 years, we see the innovation of our model extend to the districts where the percentage of girls attending schools is very low. We hope to eventually ensure that every girl in some of the most backward areas of India gets the opportunity to go to school.

We would love to hear from you on any suggestions you may have and thank you once again for your support!
Girls where they should be - at school!
Girls where they should be - at school!
Having fun at school!
Having fun at school!
Nov 2, 2010

68% of girls in Rajasthan are married before 18.

Help bring her back to school.
Help bring her back to school.

Dear Friends,

There was a small news item in the Times of India on Oct 31st, 2010. It said, 70% girls in India particularly in States like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar marry before 18 years of age. This is a staggering number and we know from our field experience that most of these girls are married by 15 or 16, some even younger. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has called the situation “alarming”.

We ourselves have identified over 11,000 girls in Pali Rajasthan who are between the ages of 6 to 14 years, out of school and at risk of early marriage. Through your support we have been able to bring over 6,000 at risk girls back into schools in the last 4 months. Bringing girls into schools helps to delay their marriage and an educated girl is the biggest agent of social change!

When you educate a girl:

- Birthrates fall: Each 4 years of schooling reduces family size by one birth.

- Literacy Accelerates: A mother with a primary school education is 500% more likely to educate her children than a mother with no education.

- Political Extremism and Violence against Women Decline: Education makes it less likely for girls to be beaten, raped, sold into sex trade or forced into early marriage.

- Household income grows: 10-20% for each additional year of schooling.

- Family Health Improves: A UN study found that education of girls had a greater impact on health than medical, nutrition, and water and sanitation interventions.

Your help is invaluable in helping us reach our goals of all girls in Pali to be in school and not married at puberty. We thank you for your support and hope you will share this with your friends and family and help us expand our work to create greater impact.



Safeena Husain

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