Education  India Project #38828

Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !

by Foundation to Educate Girls Globally
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !
Support 9500 Girls in Rural India Go To School !

Project Report | May 8, 2021
Geeta Continues the Legacy of Educating Girls!

By Team | Educate Girls

Geeta (left) with her sister Tulsi
Geeta (left) with her sister Tulsi

With the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hitting many regions in the country, rural communities across India are struggling to survive through these challenging times. As girls continue to be the worst affected, the pandemic has also reinstated and forged significant barriers to girls’ education such as extreme poverty and patriarchy leading to a higher likelihood of girls dropping out from school. Therefore, Educate Girls conducts door-to-door contact to reach out to families of out-of-school girls and ensure that they are ready to enroll and attend school once it reopens. 

Geeta's story is a shining example of the impact of Educate Girls' persistent efforts across rural and marginalized communities that has catalyzed a significant and long-term change across communities. 

In a quaint village of Rajsamand district in Rajasthan state of India, lives a farmer named Sohan with his wife and two daughters, Tulsi and Geeta. Adhering to the prevailing practice in his community, Sohan did not send both his daughters to school, considering it a waste to invest time or resources in their education. 

During a village survey, Educate Girls' team identified Geeta and her elder sister Tulsi as out-of-school girls. However, despite multiple house visits and continued efforts to counsel Sohan, he still remained reluctant to send his daughters to school. 

One day, Sohan attended a community mobilization meeting conducted by Educate Girls' field coordinator. In the meeting, the community members and school teachers discussed about the benefits of enrolling girls in a Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) - a government-run free residential school for girls in grades 6th to 8th. Sohan carefully listened to the discussion and after giving it some serious thought, he agreed to send Geeta to a KGBV and allowed Tulsi to continue with her studies at home. 

Finally, Geeta was enrolled at a KGBV in 2014 and resumed her education!

Geeta participated in all activities at school, especially Bal Sabha (i.e. Girls' Council to enhance life skills and leadership) and was associated with the Council till grade 8. Post that, Geeta continued with her studies by shifting to a government sponsored girls hostel with the help of Educate Girls' field coordinator and completed her schooling.

In the meantime, Geeta's elder sister Tulsi completed her studies and joined Educate Girls as a Team Balika (community volunteer). In her role as a Team Balika, Tulsi ensured that maximum girls in her village stay in school and continue to learn well. When Tulsi got married and dropped out as Team Balika, Geeta stepped into her shoes and took on the responsibility of promoting girls’ education in their community.

Through Geeta's tremendous efforts, she has been able to enrol many girls in school in her village. 

"I know how it feels to be deprived of education because of regressive mindset and family circumstances. I was fortunate enough to get the required support from Educate Girls' team enabling me to complete my studies. Therefore, now I would like to do my part by working passionately towards changing mindsets for girls' education in our community. I am extremely thankful to Educate Girls for empowering me to do everything in the best of my capacity to bridge the gap between girls and education in my village," shared Geeta.

Scaling from a 500 school pilot in 2007, Educate Girls' program has expanded to 29,000+ schools in 18,000+ villages across 22 educationally backward districts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in India. With the help of a network of 14,000+ village based volunteers, Educate Girls has successfully enrolled 800,000+ out-of-school girls since inception and improved learning outcomes for over 1.3 million children through its learning curriculum. Over 11 million children are the beneficiaries of improved school governance & infrastructure.


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Foundation to Educate Girls Globally

Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra - India
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Twitter: @educate_girls
Foundation to Educate Girls Globally
Husain Safeena
Project Leader:
Husain Safeena
Mumbai , Maharashtra India

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