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.
Oct 31, 2013

"Thank you for helping me go to school!"

Meena - despite being a child bride is educated
Meena - despite being a child bride is educated

A year later, Child-bride Meena is still going to school thanks to Educate Girls

Last year Educate Girls started a powerful campaign on child brides by recounting the striking story of Meena, a young Rajasthani girl married away when she was just three-month old. Meena does manual labor and helps with house chores to support her family. With the help of Educate Girls, she also attends the local government school. Her parents have agreed to let her pursue her education in the hope that she gets a better chance in life than they did.

Meena is not an isolated case. In Rajasthan, 68% of the girls are married before the age of 18. Most of them are not even as lucky as Meena and drop out of school by grade 5. Without education, their chances to get good employment and have access to financial independence later on are dramatically fewer. In the picture above, Meena is standing with her schoolmates – many of whom are child brides or on the verge of becoming so.

Young girls in rural areas are often trapped into early marriage since their parents do not understand the importance of educating them. And yet, it has been demonstrated that an educated woman will earn 10% more income and have a healthier family than an uneducated one in the long run.

This is the reason why Educate Girls fights for girls’ empowerment in Rajasthan. By interacting with the communities, training teachers and improving the school infrastructures, we aim to offer these young girls the opportunity to make a life for themselves and break the pattern of under-age marriage.

In the coming weeks, we will be featuring the stories of Meena’s friends and testimonials from women working on educating them.

Stay tuned to learn more about their situation and what you can do to help them!

 

*Name changed to protect the identity of the child

Young child bride Meena and her school mates
Young child bride Meena and her school mates

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Sep 4, 2013

Life skills for a brighter future

In the past you have helped us reach our goal to help young Indian girls get useful life skills for a brighter future. Thanks to your contribution, they have had access to better teaching and improved school infrastructures.

Over the last six months, Educate Girls has expanded significantly and we have even started running our program in the district of Sirohi. By the end of 2013, we aim to reach out to 530,000 children. Many more underprivileged girls will thus benefit from quality education.

If you wish to keep helping us as we scale, you can do so by financing our other project “Send child brides to school instead”:

 https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/prevent-child-marriage-through-education/

Your donations will allow us to enroll and retain an even larger number of young girls into school. Thanks in advance for your support!

 

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Sep 3, 2013

Effective results to change girls' future

Teaching girls in Rajasthan
Teaching girls in Rajasthan

It’s been an exciting quarter for Educate Girls! We now operate in three districts of Rajasthan and impact more than 5,000 rural schools. Our program is expanding and we recently welcomed 400 new Team Balika members on board! These volunteers act as champions of girls’ education inside their community, where they make sure all girls are enrolled and retained into school.

We were particularly thrilled last July to host our first panel discussions in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. These events publicly introduced our Payment-by-Results (PbR) initiative, a solution to fund our programs depending on their effective results. This financing scheme requires different actors working together to ensure we deliver the best possible outcomes to our beneficiaries!

Our pilot program has already been launched in the district of Sirohi, where it will be run in approximately 200 schools until 2015. During these two years, our team will make sure that more girls benefit from quality education and have access to infrastructures that match their basic needs.

Now it’s your time to help! Your donation can make all the difference by sending Indian girls back to school and offering them the bright future they deserve! Thank you for your generous contribution!

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