Enable Girls Living in Extreme Poverty to Achieve Financial Independence Through the Power of Education.
The World Bank estimates that the cost to global society of not educating girls is around $15-30 Trillion! UNESCO found that the segment most difficult to reach of children not in school is girls living in poverty. In impoverished countries, only 67% of girls finish primary school, while just 34% finish secondary school and a mere fraction complete High School.
Edu-GIRLS focuses on the education of impoverished girls. We customize our program delivery and services to overcome all constraints due to the unique circumstance of girls living in poverty, who face economic hardship, a gender bias and a pressure to get married young while dealing with demands of their time at home.
We stay with our girls until they are financially independent. Through career counseling, placement support and vocational/college scholarships, Edu-GIRLS stays with the girls till they become income earners.
These girls deserve a fighting chance – and that starts with education. Together, we can provide these girls with the key out of poverty
At VIMUKTI Jaipur our Flagship School…
Girls education in free of cost for tuition, books, uniforms, a meal and materials.
Girls’ school timings are suited to them:
School day is short but the school year is long. Junior school runs for 4 hours a day for 278 days a year compared to a norm of 200. Girls can help with daily tasks at home, while putting in the extra hours to get an education, given lack of time and support.
Girls study in a secure all-female campus and have access to safe transport which saves valuable time.
Girls get an all round quality education given a low teacher-to-student ratio, use of "smart class" technology, provision of computer labs and library facilities and an option to join sports and inter-school competitions.
Girls take Rajasthan School Board exams at Grades 8, 10 and 12 and have achieved a 100% pass rate with a third achieving a “first” division ranking.
Senior Girls get an annual studentship, deposited into their bank accounts to be cashed in upon completion of High School.
Girls are guaranteed a scholarship for vocational skill development and college.
A Girl’s education costs just $0.67 per day by sharing school infrastructure and a largely volunteer management.
With Vimukti as a proof of concept, we are on the way to cracking the glass ceiling of entrenched urban poverty.
ROTARY COVERAGE OF EDU-GIRLS
Rotary International’s Literacy Action Groups covered Edu-GIRLS in their February newsletter. This is an excerpt from that newsletter.
The World Bank estimates the cost to society of not educating girls at $15–30 trillion! Or put simply, educating girls changes everything!
Such education reduces infant and maternal mortality, improves children’s health and upbringing, reduces poverty, improves entire economies and reduces population growth. It counters climate change.
The World Bank has identified, based on its global experience, a series of interventions which are effective in encouraging girls to finish high school.
This is the story of a school which is trying to apply all global good practices to overcome gender prejudice and poverty constraints to girls’ education.
How Vimukti Girls’ School in Jaipur, India applies good practice
Lowers the cost: There is no cost to family of tuition, books, uniforms, winter clothing, nutrition.
Ensures safety: There is an all-female campus and buses run between home and school.
Allows time for needs at home: The school day is short to give time for chores at home, but the school year is long (278 days) in order to gain a stronger education.
Provides incentives to finish: Annual stipends linked to performance are deposited in a bank account and disbursed when each girl finishes high school.
Deals with pressure to get married: Full vocational and college scholarships are given to train girls to be ready for the job market.
Pass rate in Board exams is 100%.
Vimukti Girls’ School does all this at a rate of 67¢ per day.
The one missing piece is the use of technology to enhance quality of learning. Girls have access to computers for only two hours per week. Girls are soon to be provided with laptops loaded with self-learning tutorials and teachers trained to integrate technology into lesson plans, thanks to a $37,000 grant provided by Dining For Women.