Educate Girls was created in 2007 by Safeena Husain, an indian woman who decided to dedicate her life to girl’s education and gender equality.
By empowering village communities to improve the quality of girls’ education and infrastructure in their government schools, more girls can be educated on larger scales. If more girls are educated, then their health, income levels and overall livelihoods improve, bringing about social transformation.
Theory of Change : Educated girls are more likely to :
Earn 10% more income
Be three times less likely to be HIV+
Marry four years later
Have fewer and healthier children
Send their children to school
Increase a country’s GDP
Because of the sustainability and scalability of the model, Educate Girls has grown from a 500-school pilot project in the Pali district of Rajasthan to now serving 8000 schools, reaching over 100’000 out-of-school girls that are now enrolled.
Over 390’000 students show improved learning outcomes.
The action takes place in 7 districts of Rajasthan. In those districts, the girls’enrollemnt percentage is of 90% as hte girls’ rentention percentage is of 87%.
Its school, Happy Chandara, founded in 2006, provides free schooling for girls who live in peri-urban communities around Phnom-Penh.
The school includes a primary school, a junior high school, a senior high school (under construction), a vocational training centre, a boarding school and a health centre.
Mission statement: to provide assistance to children in difficulty, by participating in the establishment and development of education, school and training activities promoting the integration of girls and young women, and activities to support their families.
“Toutes à l’école” provides education to around 1000 girls, currently taking them through to the third year of junior high school (education through to the last year of senior high school is already scheduled to start) or to a choice of occupation through the professional training programmes offered by the organisation.
Every year, around a hundred girls start school at Happy Chandara.
The organisation also supports public schools by providing English and computer courses to public school children. It also provides public schools with one-off material assistance (renovating classrooms, new toilet facilities, donating school supplies).
Finally, the organisation supports the girls’ families through the regular distribution of food parcels and hygiene kits. They are regularly visited by social workers to assess their needs.
To offer a high level education to the most underprivileged young girls to allow them access to a job that will give them freedom and dignity.
To support the girls until they get their first job, whether they choose the university route or vocational training.
To enable young Cambodian women to access occupations requiring a high level of skills.
To help the girls’ families who live in particularly precarious conditions.
The Albatros Foundation has been supporting “Toutes à l’école” since 2015.
Auteuil Suisse to support its after school care and extracurricular activities in the Plainpalais area of Geneva. The centre, which is situated in the St François parish premises, is for children and adolescents from underprivileged immigrant families. It provides learning support and leisure activities.
This project is hosted by the St François parish and is non-denominational.
Women are still too often victims of gender discrimination.
Discrimination begins in the womb: many women – influenced by the culture and rituals of their country and subjected to strong pressure from their husbands – have an abortion when they know they are pregnant with a girl. If the pregnancy is carried to term, some baby girls will be killed at birth by their parents, who consider the birth of a girl to be a significant barrier to their economic advancement (infanticide is much less widespread than foeticide).
More worryingly, wealth and economic development do not reduce the preference for a male child.