Our Mission: Give Our Girls a Fighting Chance
In 2014, UNESCO reported that if the current pace continues, the last girl living in poverty could be enrolled in school by 2086. Girls living in poverty is the most difficult to reach segment of the 40 million girls not enrolled world wide.
EDU-GIRLS focuses on the education of such impoverished girls. We customize delivery to suit their unique circumstance.
We do not stop at enrollment. We do not stop at them finishing High School. We work with our girls to help them break through socioeconomic barriers to achieve financial independence.
Over the next decade, we want to put a million cracks in the glass ceiling of entrenched urban poverty.
As over crowded cities attract more rural people in search of opportunity, slum populations increase.
Children living in such extreme poverty deserve a fighting chance – and that starts with education.
However, impoverished families often keep girls at home to run the household while both parents try to earn a living.
These families cannot afford the costs of fees, books, and uniforms, much less the spare time required for their daughter to receive the education. They rather get her married young since there is no guarantee of a job after finishing school.
Let's change that.
First Project: Vimukti Girls School, Jaipur
Zero fees. 650 girls. 100% pass rate.
NOW EIGHT GIRLS ENTER COLLEGE ON SCHOLARSHIP!
Vimukti Girls School, the first school supported by EDU-GIRLS, is our flagship project. To date, Vimukti has enrolled five hundred girls, all of whom come from families that make less than $100/month and from diverse ethnic and religious groups.
Our girls attend school for four hours a day, six days a week throughout the entire year. This gives them time to help with daily tasks, while allowing them to spread their education over an entire year. Our girls receive door-to-door transport, books and materials, uniforms, a nutritious meal, and basic medical support.
The cost of supporting one of our girls runs about $0.67 per day. Costs are kept low by sharing school infrastructure and by largely volunteer management.
Vimukti focuses on quality by keeping a low teacher-to-student ratio, utilizing "smart class" technology, incorporating science curriculum and computer training, and providing basic laboratory and library facilities, as well as opportunity to take part in sports and inter-school competitions.
The first group of girls accepted to Vimukti in 2004 completed their National Institution of Open Schools Board Exam in 2014 with a 100% pass rate.
Many of these young women are now ready for post-secondary, intensive vocational skill development programs, which should help land them good paying jobs. Moreover, eight of the girls enrolled in college to get a Bachelor's degree and secure better career choices.
With Vimukti as a proof of concept, we are on the way to cracking the glass ceiling of entrenched urban poverty.
Will Girls Living in Poverty Ever Get an Education?
By Anand Seth, Founder of Edu-GIRLS
My mother was a bright girl with a keen desire to learn, but she was not allowed to continue her education beyond Grade 8 as that meant she had to go to school in another town. Eighty years later, Malala wanted to go to school, but she was shot because of it, even though the school was in her own home town. They shot her to stop her from promoting education for girls. The moot question is: Are things getting worse for girls? [Read the Full Article in the Fair Observer]