Girls' Education Program
"We believe that women form the backbone of the community and if the women are educated and healthy, the family will be healthy, and, on a larger-scale, the community as a whole will be healthy." (Madhu Vaishnav, founder)
Girls in India do not have the same opportunities as their male peers when it comes to education. The disparity is especially great in the rural areas of Rajasthan, where girls typically receive little education beyond primary school due to a combination of complex issues: poverty, negative views on girls’ education, child labor, child marriage, teen motherhood, health problems, inadequate resources for menstruating girls and fears of sexual harassment and rape by male classmates and teachers.
To address the education gap in the village of Bhikamkor, Rajasthan, the Institute for Philantropy
and Huminitarian Development (IPHD), a non-profit organization founded in 2013, introduced the Girls’ Education Program (GEP) in 2016. The program, created by the IPHD founder and Rajasthan native Madhu Vaishnav aims to improve girls’ access to high-quality education by sponsoring them to go to school and involving the community in a multi-pronged approach of advocacy, sponsorship and follow-up.
As IPHD stands for a holistic and humanistic approach to women’s empowerment the GEP finds itself in the context of a variety of other initiatives, like a health program, a human rights project to sensitize for minority rights, a youth feminism project to educate boys in women’s rights, as well as the Saheli program, a social enterprise that allows women to work, earn money and thus build up an independent subsistence.
In the Girls’ Education Program, IPHD employs five local women — two education advocates, two full-time school teachers and one Community Center librarian. In the school year of 2017/18 the program supported 70 girls, for the school year 2018/19 the plan is to enroll 100 girls in Bhikamkor!
As we believe in the power of girls’ education and the enforcement of women’ rights, we decided to fund the Girls Education Program from May 2018 for one year with 2,800 Euros. These costs will cover all expenses for the whole school year and include the salaries for two full-time teachers, two education advocates, and one librarian as well as all beneficiary supplies, like backpacks, uniforms, notebooks and stationaries.
For more information about the program please visit: https://iphdindia.com/girls-education-program/