At Pratham Prayas Foundation, we believe that all "GIRLS" are inherently strong, smart, and bold, but need help overcoming society’s messages and pressures that make them doubt their self worth. Girls gain confidence when they are encouraged to set achievable goals, explore their worlds, and dream beyond their realities. Girls feel most empowered when they trust the adults in their lives to lead them to discover that their potential is limitless and reinforce that their accomplishments will always be celebrated.
The True Picture
Government of India statistics reveal that only 3 out of 10 girls who enter class 1 complete class 10. While enrolment rates of girls are improving marginally in India, dropout levels remain alarmingly high. At primary school level, over 45% of girls dropout of school and this increases to over 73% by the time the child has reached class 10. Research has shown that reasons for this dropout may be as minor as the girl child not being able to afford a school dress/uniform to go to school and could also include more complex factors like girls taking on the responsibility of household chores at a very young age as a result of gender stereotyping.
Why Should Women Be Educated ?
Successful education of the girl child has been repeatedly acknowledged as an effective mechanism to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty, social norms, myths and social evils. Research conducted in developing countries has shown that a literate female population is linked to reduction in population growth rates. On the other hand, illiteracy breeds ignorance and fear that only increases her vulnerability to be exposed to lifelong abuse, suppression and exploitation.
This Is Where We Step In
The programme selects girls based on multiple criteria including enrollment in government schools, family income, parents' educational background, social background and the child's aptitude. A comprehensive sponsorship is created to take care of a range of their educational requirements, providing not only academic support that enables them to make a success of their schooling experience but also material support including uniforms, school bags, shoes, socks etc. to enable the girl child to go to school with dignity.
Our team also works closely with parents and the community to sensitize them on gender equity, the importance of education and changes they will witness in Nanhi Paree with education. This is essentially done to ensure that the Nanhi Paree do not drop out of school.