Project

Educate Girls Program Expansion into Rajasthan Poorest Areas

With EAC support the Educate Girls Program Expansion project will enroll 64,000 out of school children to quality primary education programs Rajasthan, India. Educate Girls and EAC seek to narrow the gender disparity gap in education in Rajasthan where low quality of education and shortages of female teachers creates a disincentive for parents to send their daughters to school.

Educate Girls Program Expansion into Rajasthan Poorest Areas

The Program Expansion into Rajasthan’s Poorest Areas project expands the current program to a total of six districts, thereby enroling and retaining approximately 64,000 out of school girls (OOSG). Once Educate Girls has completed expansion into its first region, it plans to expand in regional groupings of approximately three districts to leverage economies of scale in administration and overheads. To expand into three new districts, Educate Girls will recruit and train 110 additional field staff and 4,000 additional Team Balika volunteers. These groups will conduct door-to-door surveys and enrolment drives, strengthen School Management Committees and Village Education Councils in order to be more effective in ensuring that schools and communities are conducive to girls’ education, provide creative learning and teaching kits to every school, and help assess impact. More than 650,000 girls will directly benefit from this project as a result of the school environment becoming more conducive to girls’ education. In addition to reducing the number of OOSG, 6,600 schools will have teachers trained to implement the creative learning and teaching techniques. 

Educate Girls empowers the community to sustain this project by creating community ownership of the government schools. As a result, the community is expected to devise self-driven solutions to sustain change beyond Educate Girls, with minimum outside support needed. Beyond 2016, Educate Girls will establish partnerships with other state governments to allow them to replicate its model across India.

*EAC would like to thank the Bharti Foundation for its generous co-funding contribution to this project.

Partners

Educate Girls

EAC and Educate Girls have partnered to provide quality basic education to 190,000 out of school children in India. Our collaboration comprises of two five-year projects, seeking to enrol 64,000 and 126,000 OOSC (with a particular focus on girl students) respectively in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Educate Girls works to systematically challenge structural, cultural and socio-economic barriers through a combination of community mobilization strategies and child-centered learning and teaching techniques.

Bharti Foundation

The Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises was established in 2000 with a vision to help underprivileged children and young people in India realize their potential. Currently, more than 42,000 students are enrolled across 254 Satya Bharti Schools in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.

Countries

India

India

India, with a population of 1.2 billion, is the world’s largest democracy. The country is vast, composed of 29 States and seven Union Territories with diverse socio-cultural contexts and various geographic and climatic conditions. As regards India’s governing structure, the Centre and the States share responsibility for planning and implementation of development programming.