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Educate Girls

location_on India

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

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 1100,000+ girls in school and improved learning outcomes for 1.6 million+ children.

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Overview

HundrED has selected this innovation to

HundrED Global Collection 2023

HundrED 2022

HundrED 2021

Web presence

2007

Established

1.6M

Children/users

1

Countries
Organisation
Not-for-profit
Target group
Parents
Updated
January 12th, 2023
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!

About the innovation

About us

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 20,000 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 1.1 million+ girls into public schools, ensuring 95% 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 24,000+ school program spread across 21 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 20000+ Team Balika volunteers have enroled  1.1 million+ girls with 95% of retention and over 1.6 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.

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

The innovation has enrolled over 550,000+ girls and over 870,000+ children have demonstrated improved learning outcomes. Educate Girls has demonstrated a very high degree of impact and scalability that matches really well with the audacious goals they have set.

HundrED Academy Reviews
This innovation has demonstrated a very high degree of impact and scalability that matches really well with the audacious goals they have set.
It is certainly impressive for having enrolled over 1.1 million+girls into public schools and ensuring 95% retention.
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Media

The Impact of digital revolution on the gender divide
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/voices/the-impact-of-digital-revolution-on-the-gender-divide/
Can we ensure that all children return to schools? | IDR
https://idronline.org/article/education/can-we-ensure-that-all-children-return-to-schools/?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=social_media&utm_campaign=education_girls
It's time to undo the COVID disruption to girls' rights in India
https://news.trust.org/item/20211125155925-2a17z/
Episode 12: Ensuring education for girls in 20000 villages
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/podcasts/outliers-meet-the-people-who-made-their-own-way/episode-12-ensuring-education-for-girls-in-20000-villages/toipodcast/84671783.cms
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
A bold plan to empower 1.6 million out-of-school girls in India
https://www.ted.com/talks/safeena_husain_a_bold_plan_to_empower_1_6_million_out_of_school_girls_in_india
A Campaign to Get India’s Girls Into Classrooms
https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-campaign-to-get-indias-girls-into-classrooms-1434561801
Women of Worth: About the Awardee - Safeena Husain
https://sites.ndtv.com/women-of-worth/about-the-awardee-safeena-husain/
INTED2016: Interview with Safeena Husain - Educate Girls (India)

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