Educate Girls works in India towards improving girl’s enrollment, retention and academic performance in government schools by leveraging existing community and government resources making it an efficient, cost-effective, sustainable and easily scalable model.
The following interventions are used by Educate Girls:
- enrollment/retention through community mobilization of underutilized resources,
- improvement of classroom process by training and supporting government school teachers in child-centric “Creative Learning and Teaching (CLT)” techniques,
- employment of community-based teachers called Shiksha Preraks,
- girls empowerment by forming councils to stimulate their participation in matters related to their growth and development, and
- improvement of school infrastructure and quality of education by helping communities assess their school situation and initiate action and empowering political constituencies to sustain positive results.
The following metric are closely monitored to measure the success of the program:
- girls enrollment (out-of-school girls),
- girl-friendly schools (separate girls’ toilets and drinking water facility),
- school attendance, and
- learning outcomes in reading and math (two-digit addition and subtraction).
Only in 2010 21,144 out-of-schools girls have been enrolled in school as a direct consequence of the work conducted by Educate Girls and by 2016 the organization projects to improve access and quality of education for 3 million children living in underserved in India.
The visualization below includes data about the enrollment ratio per genre in India from 1971 to 2008 at different levels of education. As it can be seen, girls’ enrollment ratios have improved over the years but there is still a marked disparity in comparison to males’ enrollment ratios. This disparity is even more profound in the districts where Educate Girls works.
Educate Girls focuses its program in Rajasthan’s Pail and Jalore districts (India), which lie at the epicenter of gender equality in the state. The gender disparity is particularly considerable in Rajasthan. As stated on Educate Girls’ Annual Report (2011-2012), in Rajasthan 44% of females are literate as compared to 76% of males. This directly correlates to drop-out rates for rural school girls. Out of every 100 girls enrolled in class; only one reaches class 12. Out of the 26 districts in India with the highest gender gap, nine are in Rajasthan.
The expansive effect of girls’ education
Educated girls have the unique ability to bring unprecedented social and economic changes to their families and communities since they can become central agents of social change. Keeping this in mind, Educate Girls works to deliver educational and support services that contribute to increased income mobility for rural communities.
The following positive effects have been observed by Educate Girls as consequence of increasing girls’ education:
- household income increases,
- education of future generations also increases since an educated mother is more likely to educate her children,
- family status improves, and
- family health growths (educated mothers are more likely to immunize their children and birthrates fall).