We would like to thank you for encouraging us in our journey to empower girls through education. Our programs are going strong in close to 4500 schools have received the creative learning kit. They are now imparting child centric learning sessions to the girls. This would have not been possible without your support and cooperation.
Thanks for your continuous support and contribution. With this we have achieved our target for the project “Gift learning kit to rural girls”.
60% girls in Rajasthan are child brides, Educate Girls send them to school instead. Please visit our project, “Child Brides: Send them to School instead” and continue supporting us.
You will be happy to know that, Educate Girls' completed five years on 5th December 2012. The last five years wouldn’t have been possible without your support and encouragement. We take this opportunity to thank you for supporting us in this journey.
We have been implementing the project “Gift Learning Kits to Rural Girls” in Pali and Jalore districts and have successful provided learning kits to 4,350 rural schools.
Over the last six months we provided close to 1000 kits to rural schools and we now require your support to reach out to the remaining 75 schools in Jalore.
Please support us and help us make learning fun for the girls who are waiting for their learning kits.
Educate Girls' considers Afroza Banu a legend. Afroza means a morning star! She tells us, "I want to shine, day and night." Her husband's illness and the responsibility of taking care of three young children did not break Afroza's courage. Her education has been her greatest strength. Afroza is a Team Balika* member and enjoys sharing her greatest asset, education with the girls in her village. Afroza conducts fun sessions with children using Educate Girls' creative learning techniques. She uses the magic calculator to make number work easy for them. She uses stories and pictures to teach them alphabets and words. Afroza, is certainly is a star performer for Educate Girls! Afroza says,
"Creative methods of teaching go a long way in keeping children in school. The children not only enjoy their time in school, but it also boosts their desire to learn more." Help Team Balika* members like Afroza to make learning fun. Support us and give every school in Pali district a creative learning kit. *Team Balika members are champions for girl child education. They support all the programs at the schools as well as village communities to ensure enrollment and retention of every girl child in schools along with provision of quality education to them.
On behalf of the entire team of Educate Girls I would like to thank you for encouraging us in our journey to empower girls through education. So much has happened in the last few months that we wanted to briefly update you on the progress.
You will be pleased to know that in February I was invited by TEDxASB to speak to an audience of international educators about rejuvenating government schools. Here is a link to the talk, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xz7UP-Sgoko.
The Indian Philanthropy Forum’s (IPF) Annual Conference in March 2012 organized by Dasra gave me an opportunity to speak about the issues that adolescent girls in India face at a panel discussion titled “Owning Her Future: Empowering Adolescent Girls in India”. The IPF also saw the release of the Indian Philanthropy Report, 2012 published by Bain and Company. We are happy to report that Educate Girls is featured in the report! Please click - http://www.bain.com/publications/articles/india-philanthropy-report-2012.aspx.
Our programs are going strong with over 20,000 girls enrolled in schools since last year and almost 1186 teachers in Pali and Jalore trained in Creative Learning Techniques. In addition Educate Girls has launched a new initiative in December last year. As part of this, Educate Girls is building a cadre of village based education volunteers known as Team Balika. Over 500 Team Balika members have been recruited and trained across Pali and Jalore. These educated youth are champions for girl education and support Educate Girls’ programs to ensure enrollment and retention of every girl along with provision of quality education. We are delighted to share the Team Balika logo with you,
Our efforts and your support have been appreciated and recognized, we were nominated for the WomenChangeMakers Award and have also been shortlisted for the second stage of the Stars Impact Awards. The results will be declared soon!
We thank you for your continuous support and encouragement for every milestone achieved.
Sukhi Kanwar, 18, is a Team Balika volunteer in a village in Rajasthan, one of India’s largest states and also a region with very great gender disparity. Educate Girls trains village volunteers as teaching resources to boost learning in rural schools. They help teachers and provide a link between children, parents and schools.
Sukhi is a highly active and motivated Team Balika volunteer, and works with Educate Girls to enhance girls’ enrollment, education outcomes and encourages adolescent girls to become the leaders of tomorrow.
In order to improve learning, she uses the Creative Learning and Teaching (CLT) kit. The kit emphasizes activity-based and playful learning and includes activities and games that teach English, Hindi and Math for primary level grades 3, 4 and 5.
Sukhi lives with her father Mr Bhanwar Singh, a marginal farmer, in the village of Pratapgarh, in the Pali District of Rajasthan. When Sukhi first became a Team Balika volunteer, people in her village laughed at her because of her newfound interest in girls’ education issues, and mocked her for trying to change things in her village. But her father was always very supportive of her work and helped motivate her to achieve her goals. A few days after joining Educate Girls she had already motivated five families to support girls’ education and enrolled five girls in nearby schools. The same people who mocked her now respect her and now readily accept what she says.
There was an interesting incident recently that made Sukhi a role model for all the other members of the Team Balika. Sukhi had identified two girls in the village of Mohra who had never attended school. She convinced their parents to send them to school, but there was an unexpected obstacle in the way. The school headmaster refused admission to them on the grounds that the school was already in session and that the girls could come back in the next academic year.
But Sukhi is not a girl to take things lying down. She immediately contacted Educate Girls' regional office in Pali and spoke to staff member Miss Harshwardhane. She advised Sukhi to ask the headmaster to state his reasons for refusing the girls admission in writing. Sukhi marched up to the headmaster's office the next day and demanded a written statement. Shocked by her confidence and taken aback by her complete lack of fear, he admitted the girls in the school. We hope all the members of Team Balika are inspired by Sukhi's story and can help many more young girls achieve their dreams through education!
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