GIRLS’ EDUCATION PROGRAM
More than 90 million girls in India are illiterate.
Regardless of the laws, policies and schemes available for the education of girls, one wonders why girls are not in schools?
Social and cultural norms pose a lot of restrictions too, due to which girls are unable to enjoy freedom. Girls experience multiple forms of discrimination and violence in different contexts. Families normally give preference of education to their sons, seeing them as future earners. A majority of girls are either engaged in agricultural activities or household chores, specifically being in-charge of sibling care. Hence, they don’t get the opportunity to attend school.
One Life to Love’s Girl Education Program (GEP) addresses the three main reasons girls drop out of school in order to increase their enrollment rate in primary education and to ensure they graduate high school.
Through the GEP, OLTL is improving the conditions by which girls, especially those in the marginalized communities, can access quality education. GEP provides technical support while working through the formal school systems as well as through the integrated programs of One Life to Love.
GEP is committed to enable effective implementation of education provisions and policies for rights, entitlement and empowerment of girls from most marginalized sections of the society in safe and secure, inclusive and gender responsive environments.
Since OLTL’s GEP intervention, the drop-out rate in our community has reduced by half.
Read about the three areas of GEP’s focus:
OLTL conducts surveys in the villages and slums where we work. We identify girls who are not enrolled in school, have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out.
With the help of local officials and school personnel, we determine the reason/s why the parents are not supporting their daughter/s’ education and provide counseling and information that substantiates the importance of education for girls. If there is a financial burden, OLTL will provide free education and education materials for the longevity of the girl’s studies.
What is PERIOD POVERTY?
The cultural shame attached to menstruation and a shortage of resources stop women from going to school and working every day. Period poverty is the lack of access to sanitary products, menstrual hygiene education, toilets, hand washing facilities, and, or, waste management.
Read about: How OLTL is Addressing Period Poverty?
Read about the lives transformed.