I HAVE PLACES TO GO, AND THINGS TO DO!

It’s time to cut down the roots of wrong mindsets! 12-year old Pinti is the eldest among 6 siblings; the youngest is only a few months old. Neither Pinti, nor her siblings, had ever been to school. Living in a simple house in an isolated and hilly area, Pinti’s family has always struggled to make…

SHE WAS JEALOUS OF HER SISTER. UNTIL SOMETHING CHANGED.

Lekha* (13) lives in a village in the Udaipur district of Rajasthan. Years back, Lekha had to drop-out of school to help out at home. She desperately wanted to go to school and over the years she often made her desire known to her mother. However, she was constantly given a deaf ear. Her father is…

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE

Science and gender equality are both important for global progress and for the achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). In order to achieve equal access and participation in science for women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly declared 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Why International Day…

CELEBRATING NATIONAL GIRL CHILD DAY 2018

National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year on January 24 in India to raise awareness about the inequalities faced by the girl child and to improve their position in society. Girls face a lot of discrimination, exploitation and violence – be it physical, mental or emotional. There are many barriers to a girl’s education and…

#EGturns10 – CELEBRATING A DECADE OF CREATING EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES

Completing a decade is an important milestone for any organization. A decade of creating impact and changing lives seems like an even greater achievement. On our 10th anniversary, we’re so honored to now be serving over 21,000 schools in some of India’s most educationally backward regions. Since 2007, we have enrolled 2,00,000 girls, across 12,000+ villages…

THE YOUNG INDIAN PHILANTHROPIST

Philanthropy [fi-lan-thruh-pee] /noun/ – private initiatives for the public good. While this classic definition of philanthropy may still hold true, philanthropy as a concept has evolved on various levels; particularly in India, where giving is deeply rooted in the fabric of Indian culture and history. With a vastly changed economic and cultural setting, where is young India headed…

CELEBRATING THE GIRL CHILD… FOR THE WRONG REASONS

Bundi- my last frontier. On my assignment interviewing Educate Girls’ stakeholders, I had already travelled to Udaipur, Pali and Jhabua. I had spoken to multiple stakeholders across hierarchies. By the time I reached Bundi, I thought I had heard it all. So when one of the Block Officers in Bundi told me: “Madam, at other…

DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

On a video shooting assignment for work last year, I felt a little like Alice when she fell down a rabbit hole. Let me tell you a little about my visit to a wonderland of sorts. “Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to…

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…