Empowering 200 Girl Leaders in India

by Milaan Be the Change(NGO)
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Empowering 200 Girl Leaders in India
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Empowering 200 Girl Leaders in India
Empowering 200 Girl Leaders in India
Empowering 200 Girl Leaders in India
Empowering 200 Girl Leaders in India
Empowering 200 Girl Leaders in India

Project Report | Oct 5, 2023
From Dropouts to Scholars: Bridging the Gap in Educational Equity

By Rati Misra | Executive Director

In a world where gender equality and education stand as pillars of progress, the Girl Icons ignited change through the 'Path to Pathshala' (Back to School) initiative. This initiative champions the fundamental role of education in breaking down barriers and empowering girls, where Girl Icons identify the school dropout girls in their community and enroll them back to school.

Education has long been a beacon of hope and transformation, serving as the cornerstone for a more equitable society. Unfortunately, families in underserved communities grapple with economic hardships, leading to subpar local education and the withdrawal of girls from school, which severely limits their future prospects. The 'Path to Pathshala' initiative addresses the pressing need to rekindle girls' educational aspirations by offering them diverse opportunities for growth. .

While the stories of individual Girl Icons are remarkable in their own right, the collective impact of this initiative is a testament to the transformative power of education. It underscores the pivotal role education plays in dismantling societal barriers and empowering girls to become catalysts for change in their communities. These young women exemplify the belief that education is not just a path to knowledge; it is a potent force for empowerment and progress, bringing hope for a more equitable future.


Breaking Barriers: Empowering Girls through Education

Girl Icon, Reena (name changed to protect identity), initially seen as a quiet teenager in Bilauwa, Uttar Pradesh, has become a fervent young woman who has dedicated herself to girls' education in her community. As part of the Girl Icon Program's 'Path to Pathshala' (Back to School) initiative, she identified five girls who had abruptly left school and was eager to help them resume their education through the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya program, offering free education and diverse opportunities.

Convincing parents to send their daughters to a residential school was a daunting challenge for Reena, as they feared the consequences of granting their daughters independence and potential backlash from their tight-knit community. Undeterred, Reena persisted in her efforts.

She recalls, "I met with the girls’ parents multiple times, trying to convince them to consider sending their daughters to a residential school. Once I sensed they were less resistant, I encouraged them to visit the school premises. I made several trips with each family, introducing them to the school principal and the hostel staff. I explained how their daughters’ education would be entirely free of cost and that they could still see and talk to them regularly." Eventually, Reena's persistence and persuasive abilities won over the parents, and all five girls now proudly attend Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya.

Reena attributes her confidence and impact to the Girl Icon Program's training, acknowledging that she can now make a difference in other girls' lives. Her dedication to championing educational equity continues to shine, making her an inspiring change agent for girls' education in her community.


Beyond the Classroom: The Fight for Education and Health

Manavi (name changed to protect identity), a 17-year-old Girl Icon from Nagawa village in Mau, Uttar Pradesh, is a strong champion of education and empowerment. She has taken it upon herself to re-enrol 21 girls from her village in Samwillian Vidyalaya Nagawa through the Milaan Foundation's 'Path to Pathshala' initiative. Manavi's strong belief in education stems from her childhood, where she often played the role of a teacher while growing up with her six siblings. It is no surprise that she aspires to become a primary school teacher when she grows up.

When Manavi became a Girl Icon, she was shocked to discover that many girls in her village were reluctant to attend school due to various reasons, including societal pressures and the challenges of managing household and farming chores alongside studying. She embarked on a mission to change their minds, visiting these girls daily and sharing her knowledge about the importance of education and girls' rights. “I had just begun to learn about my rights and independence, and I would share all of that in my peer meetings and home visits.” Manavi also worked closely with the local school authorities to facilitate the enrollment process for these girls.

In addition to her focus on educational equity, Manavi is actively involved in public health awareness and access. She took the initiative to vaccinate young children in her community against Tetanus, a life-threatening bacterial infection prevalent in her village. Her efforts, which included door-to-door visits to counsel parents and educating them about the importance of vaccination, resulted in over 15 children in her village receiving inoculations. Manavi's determination, persuasive skills, and depth of knowledge make her a remarkable force for positive change in her community.


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Milaan Be the Change(NGO)

Location: Gurugram, Haryana - India
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Twitter: @supportmilaan
Project Leader:
Eli Rai
Gurugram , Haryana India
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