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.
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.
We leverage existing community and Government resources to ensure that all girls are in school and learning well.
Our goal is to improve access and quality education for over 15 million children cumulatively by 2024.
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.