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…

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…

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…

POONAM GOES BACK TO SCHOOL

Today, even after 68 years of independence, archaic traditions still continue to be practised in a village in the Bhilwara district of Rajasthan. People’s outlook towards girls’ education there is still negative. If the topic of a girl’s education arises, parents shrug it away saying, “What benefit will it give her or us? She will…

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….

SISTERS VOLUNTEER TO HELP STUDENTS LEARN BETTER

Vimla heard about Educate Girls from the Field Coordinator and started supporting the organization in July 2015 as a Team Balika (community volunteer). She comes from a family of seven whose chief occupation was farming. It gives Vimla, and her family as well, a lot of pride to do be able to do something for their village….

‘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…

THE ONLY MAN WHO CAN READ BRINGS GIRLS BACK TO SCHOOL

At the young age of 26, Kartar Yogi, a Bachelor of Arts graduate from Bundi, Rajasthan, is a blessing for his community. The only person in his village who can read, Kartar often fills forms and does the required paperwork for his community members. Even though the economic condition of his village is poor, he…

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE SOCIAL PROGRESS IMPERATIVE 2017 SUMMIT

“What if sociologists had as much influence as economists?” That’s the provocation with which Bjarni Benediktsson, Iceland’s 46-year-old Prime Minister of Iceland, set the tone for recent global summit of Social Progress Imperative (SPI). The gathering in Reykjavik drew leaders from civil society, business, and government to apply the third edition of the annual Social…

EDUCATED MOTHERS CAN INFLUENCE GENERATIONS TO COME

Rachna, an Educate Girls’ Team Balika (community volunteer), is part of a five member family and has two siblings. Her parents are farmers. Along with doing certain household chores, Rachna helps her mother in some farming activities as well. She shares that her mother has been of invaluable support to her in being able to volunteer…

WHY OUR TEAM BALIKA MODEL WORKS

In one of our recent posts we spoke about who Team Balika are and how we recruit them. Team Balika are community volunteers in the villages we work in. They support the Educate Girls model by increasing enrollment and retention of girls and improving learning outcomes for all children in schools. Team Balika are the…

FUNDRAISING FROM NEW AGE PHILANTHROPISTS

A new breed of philanthropists is emerging–do you have what it takes to engage with them successfully? Here’s a four-step guide to help you fundraise effectively from these up-and-coming donors. New age philanthropist Noun: A new breed of funders passionate about solving social problems and keen to bring their business acumen, skills and funds to…