In India, 1 in 100 girls make it to class 12 (Dasra). In a survey done by Milaan, 63% of girls in the area surrounding the Milaan School drop out after primary. Milaan is working in rural areas of Uttar Pradesh to empower girls and amplify their voices in order to create real impact in their communities and become changemakers in their own right through leadership training and mentorship.
In rural communities of Uttar Pradesh, India girls' education is often a low priority for the community. Many girls face early marriage and drop out after primary school. Within the area Milaan works, 63 percent of girls drop out after primary school. In order to revitalize the community in appreciating education, Milaan aims to create female changemakers who represent the value of education to people living in rural areas.
Milaan provides leadership training in rural schools to girls who are at a high risk for dropping out. We also provide teacher trainings, group workshops, and mentorship to these students. Finally, Milaan works with the students supported to build a Social Change Project that will impact their communities and lend credibility to the values of education for rural and marginalized populations.
Milaan will educate and empower 3000 adolescent girls within the Sitapur District, Uttar Pradesh allowing them to become decision makers and leaders within their communities and pursue the education they deserve. These girls will be chosen from marginalized and rural populations in government schools and be ages 12 - 18 years of age. These girls will act as examples of why quality education matters to their communities and engage more people to invest in educating girls.