Educate Girls

Educate Girls' program model leverages existing government and community resources to make quality education accessible to the most marginalized girls even in the most rural and remote areas of the challenging districts in which it operates.
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CEI Plus Status

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Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Foundation to Educate Girls Globally
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Location Data

Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh
Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bundi, Jalore, Pali, Rajsamand, Sirohi, Jhabua, Jhalawar, Udaipur
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The Problem: India is home to about 3 million eligible yet out-of-school girls and female literacy rates barely reaches 60%. Severe gender-based discrimination and regressive societal norms, especially in rural areas, keep girls out of school and are factors for high dropout rates.
Educate Girls’ programmatic intervention is tackling the issues revolving around girls’ education at the very root by setting up a holistic, community based program model focused on improving the Enrolment – Retention – Learning cycle of every child in the educationally backward districts in which it operates. Activities include:

-Activities for Enrolment: Training commmunity volunteers (Team Balika) and field staff who carry out activities to identify and enroll out-of-school girls into school

- Activities for improving Learning outcomes: In its effort to improve the learning levels in schools, Educate Girls has initiated a Creative Learning and Teaching (CLT) methodology. Team Balika and Field Staff are trained by Educate Girls to conduct 12-week long CLT sessions in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, that are activity-based learning methods and are designed to complement the regular curriculum in schools by making learning a fun and interactive experience.

-Activities for Retention: Educate Girls' field staff and Team Balika provide trainings to the school governing body - School Management Committee (SMC) regarding their roles, responsibilities, rights and entitlements as specified under the RTE,2009. This helps raise the quality of school governance, quality of teaching and girl-friendly infrastructure in schools resulting in higher retention of girls in schools. Educate Girls also facilitiates the formation of Bal Sabhas (Girls' Councils) in upper primary schools, that gives girls a leadership position in their schools and provides them trainings in life-skills such as communication, decision-making, and problem-solving.

-General Activities - A number of activities aimed at mobilizing local community support for girls' education, increasing involvement and capacity of communities in school management contribute to the three primary outcomes of Educate Girls' program - Enrolment, Learning and Retention.

Highlighting Innovation: 
The model hinges on community ownership. EG asks the community to own the program. They feel this sets their program apart from others. They have one volunteer (as part of Team Balika) for each village.
Key Challenges: 
Finding enough high-qualified staff is a challenge, especially at the district level. Given that Educate Girls works within existing delivery methods with the government, additional fundraising is also a challenge.