Project Nanhi Kali was founded by Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd., in 1996, and targets girls from underprivileged backgrounds. The rationale behind the project is that if these girls are more educated, they could increase economic growth, are more likely to have fewer children, be in better health and live longer.
This government initiative is based in Rajasthan, where girls’ education attainment rates are dismally low. It started as a small-scale initiative and later evolved into a larger-scale, wider-reaching program. The project involves replacing absentee teachers with local educators from the same community as the children they teach.
A leading organization in the fight for the right to girls’ education in India, CARE is particularly passionate about helping girls from marginalized backgrounds have a better future. It was involved in Khushi: Early Childhood Care and Education, a government initiative to provide holistic support for students entering the preschool stage, between the formative years of 0-6 years of age.
Meaning “youth” in Hindi, this organization promoting girls’ education in India was founded in 2009 by American Franz Gastler. Originally started as a soccer program to challenge the unequal status of girls in Jharkhand, it was expanded to include the Yuwa school in 2015.
Indian Girls Code
Science, technology, engineering and math education is increasingly becoming the driving force of burgeoning economies today, but the percentage of girls studying these subjects is disproportionally low. Launched by Deepti Rao Suchindran, a neuroscientist, and her sister Aditi Prasad, the Indian Girls Code began as a free, direct introduction to coding and robotics. The sisters have expanded the program to an ashram in Tiruchi, where they teach underprivileged girls how to use hands-on tools such as Scratch.
These five groups advocating for girls’ education in India are changing lives, enriching India and the globe’s economy and encouraging female empowerment across the world.