#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…

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…

BOOSTING LEARNING OUTCOMES WITH IMPROVED VISION

A healthy eyesight is crucial in ensuring students are learning well. Many studies say that roughly 80% of the information presented in school to children today is presented visually.  It is possible that parents, or even teachers, may not be able to narrow vision as a barrier to learning for a child. However, research indicates…

KIDS LOVE HIKING. IT GETS THEM TO SCHOOL.

Bosa, a medium-sized village located in Sirohi, Rajasthan, houses a tribal community called Garasia. This community is known for a large number of festivals, fairs and their various unique social traditions. Despite having a strong society and an inherent sense of pride in their customs, some of their malpractices such as vair pratha (family enmity…

EXPLORING GENDER GAP IN PAY

Picture this. Two colleagues, Ajay and Isha, work at the same company in adjacent cubicles. They both joined the company in the same month, they’re both MBA graduates from reputed colleges, with three years of experience each and are at par in performance metrics and achieving targets. The difference? Ajay is paid 25% more than Isha….

‘DOWN’ AND OUT OF SCHOOL

Lack of functioning toilets results in 23% adolescent girls dropping out of school every year. This Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28), it’s important for us to highlight and be aware about the issue that hampers girls’ access to education across the globe. Lack of sanitary products, adequate information and availability of infrastructure leads to poor attendance…