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Our goal is to improve access and quality of education for over 15 million children cumulatively by 2024.

Educate Girls

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Through advanced analytics, Educate Girls has identified 5% of villages that hold 40% of India's out-of-school girl population. Working in partnership with the Government and community volunteers called Team Balika, it is empowering girls to go back to school. Since its inception in 2007, Educate Girls has enroled 750,000+ girls in school and improved learning outcomes for 1.3 million+ children.
Safeena Husain, Founder and Executive Director, Educate Girls
Girls' education is the closest thing to a silver bullet. It directly solves 9 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Health, nutrition, employability, poverty alleviation are positively impacted!

Safeena Husain, Founder and Executive Director, Educate Girls

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Educate Girls is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on mobilizing communities for girls’ education in India’s rural and educationally underprivileged areas. Working in partnership with the Government, Educate Girls currently operates successfully in over 18,000 villages in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

By engaging with a huge base of community volunteers, Educate Girls helps to identify, enrol, and retain out-of-school girls and to improve foundational skills in literacy and numeracy for all children (both girls and boys). To date, Educate Girls has helped to enrol over 750,000 girls into public schools, ensuring 94% retention of the girls enroled.


Ambition for Change 

The world today has many problems, all of them complex and inter-related, but there’s something that can help solve it – educating girls. In India, there are around 4.1 million girls who are not in school. Girls are out of school due to a myriad of reasons, most important being – their gender. Health, nutrition, employability, poverty alleviation – so many things are positively impacted when girls are educated!

By leveraging the Government's existing investment in schools and by engaging with a huge base of community volunteers, Educate Girls helps to identify, enrol and retain out-of-school girls and to improve foundational skills in literacy and numeracy for all children (both girls and boys). This helps deliver measurable results to a large number of children and avoids parallel delivery of services.


Vision 

We aim to achieve behavioural, social and economic transformation for all girls towards an India where all children have equal opportunities to access quality education. 

Mission

We leverage existing community and Government resources to ensure that all girls are in school and learning well. 

Goal 

Our goal is to improve access and quality education for over 15 million children cumulatively by 2024. 

Impact 

Since its inception, Educate Girls grew from a 500-school pilot in one district in Rajasthan to a 26,000+ school program spread across 20 districts across Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh in India, with plans of expansion into more districts of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by 2024. 

To date, Educate Girls with an army of over 13,000 Team Balika volunteers has enroled  750,000+ girls with 94% of retention and over 1.3 million+ children have demonstrated improved learning outcomes. Educate Girls has been instrumental in pioneering the world’s first Development Impact Bond in education, which on its completion in 2018, exceeded its enrolment and learning targets.

Path to Scale 

Mobilizing public, private, and community resources to provide quality education for all under-served and marginalized girls. Using innovative analytic techniques to build a predictive model (e.g. machine learning) to identify villages for future program sites with the highest concentrations of out-of-school girls.

Innovation Overview
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Target Group
750 000
Children/Users
1
Country
2007
Established
Not-for-profit
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Why the pandemic will hurt girls' education
https://www.business-standard.com/article/opinion/why-the-pandemic-will-hurt-girls-education-120041100865_1.html
Schools reopening after COVID19 Lockdown: Top challenges, and why most vulnerable must be given priority
https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/schools-reopening-most-vulnerable-children-must-be-given-top-priority/2004404/
Safeena Husain on Attitudes Towards Girls' Education in India
https://theswaddle.com/podcast/safeena-husain-on-attitudes-towards-girls-education-in-india/
Here's how Development Impact Bond helped Mumbai's Safeena Husain and her NGO
https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/others/sunday-read/first-dibs-on-happiness/articleshow/65738074.cms
Lessons from Educate Girls DIB are for everyone: Safeena Husain, Founder & Executive Director, Educate Girls
https://www.financialexpress.com/education-2/lessons-from-educate-girls-dib-are-for-everyone-safeena-husain-founder-executive-director-educate-girls/1349057/
An Indian non-profit is first TED Audacious Project to be chosen from Asia
https://www.business-standard.com/article/education/an-indian-non-profit-is-the-first-ted-audacious-project-to-chosen-from-asia-119122001554_1.html
Main Hoon Team Balika - Official Film
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fp8aagKZiKc&feature=youtu.be
TED Talks India Nayi Baat - Watch Episode 2 - Investing in Yourself on Disney+ Hotstar
https://www.hotstar.com/in/tv/ted-talks-india-nayi-baat/s-1346/investing-in-yourself/1000244668

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Achievements & Awards

July 2020
Innovation added to the HundrED
April 2020
The Audacious Project
February 2020
iVolunteer Awards 2020
March 2019
ET Prime Women Leadership Awards
September 2017
NITI Aayog Women Transforming India Award 2017
March 2016
L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award
April 2015
Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship
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