“WHY SEND HER TO SCHOOL?”

11 year old Anaya used to love going to school. However, there came a time when her mother started keeping unwell and the burden of household tasks fell on her. At first, she continued going to school, although irregularly. Eventually though, she dropped out of school entirely. Like most other girls her age, she had…

EDUCATION IS EMPOWERMENT

In many parts of rural India, a girl venturing outside her house alone is not considered respectable or proper behaviour. So deep-rooted is the patriarchy, or threat to their ‘virtue’, that girls are expected to be accompanied by a male member of their family when going out. Despite cultural barriers like this, Sanju Gurjar has…

I NEVER THOUGHT LIFE HAD ANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR ME

Pushkar Raj, a resident of a small village in Ajmer, Rajasthan, never let societal norms or his own outdated values affect his daughters’ upbringing. His daughter Suman and her sisters always received the same kind of treatment from their parents as a son would have. They were given equal respect and access to opportunities in…

THE PRICE OF ALCOHOL ADDICTION AND POVERTY ON GIRLS’ EDUCATION

Once upon a time, Beawar Khas in Ajmer was known for its varied business ventures. Today, however, marble trading is the only source of income for those living in this village. There are two problems that are spreading through the community here like a plague – alcoholism and an apathy towards education. Those associated with…

TEASED FOR HER HEARING DISABILITY, SHE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL

Until July this year, Anandi was in the list of those girls who had dropped out of school. A resident of Ajmer, Rajasthan, Anandi has suffered from hearing defects since birth. Unable to hear well, she was always an easy target for ridicule from her friends and neighbors. As she didn’t go to school, and…

THE WILL TO LEARN AND LEAD

In a village in Alirajpur, Madhya Pradesh, there is only one person who knows how to use a computer- a girl named Ringlee. Sitting outside her brother’s house near the village temple, you will find her busy teaching some children. You will also find a digital tablet in her hand that was provided to her…

TWO YEARS INTO THE WORLD’S FIRST DEVELOPMENT IMPACT BOND FOR EDUCATION

Educate Girls along with UBS Optimus Foundation (UBSOF) and Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) launched the world’s first Development Impact Bond (DIB) in education on June 16, 2014. It’s a 3-year pilot that began in the academic year of 2015. For all the tight timelines, challenges- old and new, and adapting to a new funding…

A MOTHER’S DILEMMA IN SENDING HER DAUGHTER TO SCHOOL

Divya* lives in a remote village in Ajmer. She was enrolled in a government-run primary school but was forced to leave school in Class 3 following the tragic death of her father in a road accident. This made her mother very skeptical of letting any of her children step out alone. She feared they would…

HOW COLOUR IS MAKING OUR DOOR-TO-DOOR SURVEYS MORE EFFECTIVE

A 4 hour journey from Indore in the wee hours of the morning and we arrived at a village in our new district of Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh. There to attend a door-to-door survey, we were told we will also be part of the social mapping process done prior to the door-to-door survey. A quick Google…

TEAM BALIKA- MY STEPPING STONE TO SUCCESS

A Class 12 alumna, Inder came from a poor family, for whom even a basic earning that could buy food for two was difficult once. However, today at the age of 20, he earns a healthy income and has the convenience of a vehicle provided by his company. He works at a residential school for…