GETTING INDIAN GIRLS INTO CLASSROOMS
Educate Girls tackles the gender and literacy gap in rural India’s education system to bring out-of-school girls back to mainstream education. From an initial pilot project of 50 schools in 2007, it currently operates in over 20,000 villages in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. We’ve been funding its unique approach since 2014, helping enroll over 54,300 girls, which it aims to scale to 1.5 million girls by 2024.
Educate Girls mobilises and supervises a huge number of community volunteers, called Team Balika, who go door to door across thousands of villages to identify girls that are not in school and convince families to enroll them.
Household visits and community outreach are at the heart of the organisation’s success. Its analytics enable the targeting of villages with a higher concentration of out-of-school girls.
The organisation also taps into government resources to improve schools’ infrastructure, governance and teaching. It offers an interactive remedial education programme to help girls (and boys) build their competences in Hindi, English and Maths.
In every upper primary school, Educate Girls facilitates the election of a Girls’ Council to give girls a voice, boost their confidence and build life skills, such as communication, leadership and problem-solving.
OUT-OF-SCHOOL GIRLS ENROLLED
since Educate Girls’ inception
(Data from May 2023)
make up Educate Girls’ team