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What’s Keeping Girls from Attending School?

change-attutdeIf we want more girls to stay in and finish school, we need to make sure that they are not pressured to marry and bear children. We must make sure that girls do not fall prey to trafficking, that they aren’t seen as rapable bodies that must be secluded at home ‘for their own security.’ The precarious and vulnerable position of a vast majority of young girls seeking education has been demonstrated most powerfully by the Boko Haram abductions in Nigeria, and the struggles highlighted by Malala Yousufzai and many more girls like her who have faced violence in order to acquire an education.

These figures reveal the fact that the education of girls isn’t just an individual or familial responsibility but rather the collective responsibility of all communities. Because an educated girl will bring economic and social mobility to her community, making a better life for not only herself but for all of us.

En-Light a Girl Child is helping more girls finish school and avoid early marriage and childbearing through awareness and empowerment programs geared towards creating positive discrimination for girl students.

YOU can also help girls acquire the education they need to achieve their dreams through small interventions and acts of everyday heroism by changing the attitude of your community toward girls’ education, marriage and childbearing.

Share your ideas with us using the hashtag #enlightagirlchild ! We are curating tweets, Facebook and Tumblr posts, Instagram images, and more!

Support En-Light a Girl Child by spreading the word. Visit us at http://www.enlightagirlchild.com/

Visit our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/enlightgirlchild to learn more about our hashtag campaign!

En-Light a Girl Child in Action: The Story of Varsha Kumari

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This is Varsha Kumari of Lakho village, Begusarai, in Bihar. She studies in the 7th grade in Rajkiyakrit Madhya Vidhyalaya. Varsha stays with her parents, two brothers and three sisters. Her father is a autorickshaw driver. 

Varsha is one of the beneficiaries of En-Light a Girl Child’s Bihar initiative. We provisioned 3000 girls like Varsha with battery operated bright LED lamps in the Saharsa and Begusarai districts of Bihar when our research revealed that 86.5% of households in Begusarai and 92% of households in Saharsa rely almost entirely on kerosene lamps for illumination. 

When our follow-up monitoring team visited her residence in the evening, Varsha was studying using the LED light. She thanked our team for providing with the LED light and said that earlier she used to study using the kerosene lamp, which had low illumination and had to be handled with lot of care as there were chances of fire and breaking down of the glass. All these problems are now solved after she has started using the LED light. 

Varsha said that earlier her motivation to study using kerosene lamp was low but now not only she but her brothers and sisters all sit together after sundown to study. 

En-Light a Girl Child aims to make the lives of schoolgoing girls like Varsha just a little bit easier so they can keep up with schoolwork and avoid dropping out. How can YOU help girls like Varsha? Write in using the hashtag #enlightagirlchild on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr!

Support En-Light a Girl Child by spreading the word. Visit us at http://www.enlightagirlchild.com/ to learn more about our initiatives.

Like our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/enlightgirlchild/ to keep in the loop of our work and also the global dialogue about ways to educate all girls!

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10 FACTS ABOUT GIRLS’ EDUCATION

10 FACTS ABOUT GIRLS’ EDUCATION

An educated girl can empower herself, lift her family, help her community, change her country.

1 – There are 32 million fewer girls than boys in primary school.
Education First: An Initiative of the United Nations Secretary General, 2012.

A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult.
The World Bank, 2011.

2 – 65 million girls are out of school globally. 
EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

An educated mother is more than twice as likely to send her children to school.
UNICEF, 2010.

3 –  There are still 31 million girls of primary school age out of school. 
EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

10% fewer girls under the age of 17 would become pregnant in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia if they had a primary education.
EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

4 –  There are 34 million female adolescents out of school globally. 
EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, its GDP would rise by $5.5 billion.
CIA World Factbook,Global Campaign for Education, and RESULTS Education Fund.

5 –  14 million girls under 18 will be married this year. That’s 38 thousand today – or 13 girls in the last 30 seconds. 
UNFPA, 2012

Girls with secondary education are 6 times less likely to be married as children.
International Center for Research on Women, 2006.

If all girls had a secondary education, there would be two-thirds fewer child marriages.
EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

6 –  In a single year, an estimated 150 million girls were victims of sexual violence. 
UNIFEM, 2011.

7 –  And 50 % of sexual assaults in the world victimize girls under the age of 15. UNFPA, 2005.

Education empowers women to overcome discrimination. Girls and young women who are educated have greater awareness of their rights, and greater confidence and freedom to make decisions that affect their lives, improve their health, and boost their work prospects.
Education First: An Initiative of the United Nations Secretary General, 2012.

8 –  In developing countries, the #1 cause of death for girls 15-19 is childbirth. 
World Health Organization, 2012

Child deaths would be cut in half if all women had a secondary education, saving 3 million lives. And all maternal deaths would be reduced by two-thirds if each mother completed primary education.
EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

9 –  Two-thirds of the 792 million illiterate adults in the world are female. 
EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012

A literate mother has a 50% higher chance that her child will survive past the age of 5.
UNESCO, 2011.

10 –  There are 9.9 million girls out of school in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Ethiopia. 
World Bank Education Statistics, 2012.

By attaining a secondary education, a Pakistani woman can earn 70 percent what men earn, as opposed to only 51 percent with a primary education.
EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012.

 

When a girl is  drops out of school, it isn’t just her who loses out on a future of upward mobility and better life conditions. The nation as a whole suffers. The education and empowerment of girls is a collective responsibility in a country like ours.
En-Light a Girl Child is helping more girls finish school and avoid early marriage and childbearing through awareness and empowerment programs geared towards creating positive discrimination for girl students in India. Take a look at our Rajasthan Project Report Album on our Facebook page to see just how:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1480918488804316.1073741833.1381856832043816&type=3
YOU can also help girls acquire the education they need to achieve their dreams through small interventions and acts of everyday heroism by changing the attitude of your community toward girls’ education, marriage and childbearing. Share your ideas with us using the hashtag #enlightagirlchild ! We are curating tweets, Facebook and Tumblr posts, Instagram images, and more!

Support En-Light a Girl Child by spreading the word. Visit us at http://www.enlightagirlchild.com/

Visit our Facebook Page at  https://www.facebook.com/enlightgirlchild to learn more about our hashtag campaign!

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Education, Early Pregnancy and Economic Empowerment

Education, Early Pregnancy and Economic Empowerment

When a girl is compelled to drop out of school to get married, it isn’t just her who loses out on a future of upward mobility and better life conditions. The nation as a whole suffers. The education and empowerment of girls is a collective responsibility in a country like ours.

En-Light a Girl Child is helping more girls in India finish school and avoid early marriage through awareness and empowerment programs geared towards creating positive discrimination for girl students. Take a look at our Rajasthan Project Report Album to see just how:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1480918488804316.1073741833.1381856832043816&type=3

YOU can also help girls acquire the education they need to achieve their dreams through small interventions and acts of everyday heroism by changing the attitude of your community toward girls’ education, marriage and childbearing. Share your ideas with us using the hashtag #enlightagirlchild ! We are curating tweets, Facebook and Tumblr posts, Instagram images, and more!

Support En-Light a Girl Child by spreading the word. Visit us at http://www.enlightagirlchild.com/

Visit our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/enlightgirlchild to learn more about our hashtag campaign!

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Malavath Poorna: Youngest Woman to Scale the Everest

Malavath Poorna: Youngest Woman to Scale the Everest

A month shy of her 14th birthday, Malavath Poorna became the world’s youngest woman to conquer the Everest after a 52 day climb this month. Poorna hails from the Nizamabad district of Andhra Pradesh, India, where her parents are farm labourers. She is a class IX student studying in a government run social welfare hostel. Even though she comes from a modest background, Poorna had told NDTV in an interview last November: “I will climb Mount Everest and after I am back, I am going to be an IPS officer.” And now that she has accomplished one goal, she is clear about her plans for the future. When asked by HuffPost about what is next for her, she said, “I am going back to school. I can’t neglect my education, without education we are nothing – most of our community people are living in miserable conditions due to lack of education. These are life lessons from my parents.”

Girls like Poorna are ambitious despite their modest backgrounds and know the value of education. Support girls like Poorna so that they can make us all proud with their extraordinary achievements! Help girls acquire the education they need to achieve their dreams! Share your ideas with us using the hashtag #enlightagirlchild ! We are curating tweets, Facebook and Tumblr posts, Instagram images, and more!

Visit our Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/enlightgirlchild to learn more about our hashtag campaign!

Not Just Education, but also Safety and Savings: Our Rajasthan Project

Our project in Rajasthan covers 75rural government schools and benefits almost 5000 girl students in the districts of Udaipur and Barmer. We ran awareness and sensitisation workshops with teachers and students emphasising child rights and the need for girls’ education. Given that Rajasthan is notorious for discrimination against women and girls, what with high rates of female foeticide, child-marriage, high drop-out rates, low immunisation rates among girl children and even nutritional discrimination when it comes to girl children, our focus was on an inclusive approach that would increase the safety of girls as well as decrease household expenditure. By provisioning girl students with inexpensive battery operated LED lights, we empowered them not only to study under bright illumination, rather than dim kerosene lamps, in their own time in the evenings after they had completed their chores, we were also providing them with a personal asset that they could use to keep themselves safe.

Visit us at http://enlightagirlchild.com/ to learn more about our outreach programs in Bihar and Rajasthan.
 
Like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/enlightgirlchild to keep up with our initiatives and share your ideas about the ways in which we can make India a better place for girls. Use the hashtag #enlightagirlchild so we can find your contributions in this dialogue on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram!

En-Light a Girl Child in Action: Our Rajasthan Project

In Rajasthan, we focused on the districts of Udaipur and Barmer and distributed LED lights to 4,988 girl students from 75 rural government schools. We focused on the sensitization of children, school staff and communities on Child Rights, Constitutional Acts & Government schemes in addition to the provisioning of girl students with high-illumination battery operated LED lamps. The provision of LED lights has sent out a strong message to the rural families, schools and communities, establishing the importance of girl child education. It is a small and inexpensive addition to a girl student’s life, but our project outcome proves that something as simple as not having to rely on intermittent and unreliable electricity or noxious and dim illumination provided by kerosene lamps, really makes a great difference in keeping girls motivated to attend school, and communities reminded of the value of their girls.
Visit us at http://enlightagirlchild.com/ to learn more about our outreach programs in Bihar and Rajasthan.
 
Like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/enlightgirlchild to keep up with our initiatives and share your ideas about the ways in which we can make India a better place for girls. Use the hashtag #enlightagirlchild so we can find your contributions in this dialogue on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram!