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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…