An Initiative to Support the High School Education of Underprivileged Girls in India
According to the UNCIEF, India has the highest absolute number of child brides in the world . Though there has been significant improvement in the child marriage issues recently, it still exists in remote areas, especially among the poor socio-economic classes.
Child marriage has different social, cultural and religious causes, among them, poverty is the most common cause. Girls whose parents cannot afford to send them to schools are among the most at risk of child marriage.
Considering various costs associated with high school education, such as school fees, private tutoring fees, textbooks and materials, uniforms and, transportation fees, many girls in poor communities drop out of schools after class 10th. Once out of schools, these girls are at the most and immediate risk of marrying off before 18.
Keeping girls in formal education is one of the best strategies to prevent child marriage.
In families, where acute poverty is the main reason for discontinuing a girl’s education after class 10th, addressing the financial need of the family should help the girls stay in school.
BR Khstagir Memorial Scholarship For Girls:
In this pilot program, every year we plan to provide a monthly scholarship to 10 girls from very poor backgrounds, who are at high risks of dropping out of school after the 10th grade because of financial difficulties, to help them complete the High School Diploma.
These girls receive INR. 1000 every month for two years or until they complete their 10+2 or Higher Secondary Education.
We work in collaboration with an NGO, Chapra Social and Welfare Association ( Chapra SEWA) in West Bengal, India for the execution and monitoring of the project at the grass-root level.
Twenty girls are now receiving the scholarships as the beneficiaries of the first 2 cohorts of the program for the academic years 2019-21 and 2020-22.
- To prevent child marriage or early marriage by keeping the girls in formal education.
- To prevent the school drop out of girls after 10th grade because of poverty.
- To help and empower the girls to complete the Higher Secondary (10+2) Diploma, which would increase their chances of getting jobs or going to college.