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 – 15,509,000. Though there has been a significant improvement in the child marriage issue, still it exists in remote areas, especially among the poor population.
Child marriage has many social, cultural and socio-economic causes, among them, poverty is the most common cause. Girls whose parents cannot afford to send them to school are among the most at risk of child marriage.
Considering various cost 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 school after class 10. 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 10, addressing the financial need of the family should help the girl to stay in school.
BR Khstagir Memorial Scholarship For Girls:
In this pilot program, every year plan to provide a monthly scholarship to 10 girls from a very poor background, who are at a high risk of dropping out of school after 10th grade because of financial difficulties.
These girls will be paid Rs. 1000 every month for two years or until they complete their 10+2 or Higher Secondary education.
We work in collaboration with a grass-root NGO, Chapra Social and Welfare Association ( Chapra SEWA) in West Bengal, India for the execution and monitoring of the project at the community level.
Right now 10 girls are receiving the scholarship as the beneficiaries of the first cohort of the program for the academic year 2019-2021.
- To prevent child marriage by helping the girls staying in school.
- To prevent the drop out of girls after 10th grade because of poverty.
- To help and empower girls to get the Higher Secondary (10+2) Diploma, which might be helpful for getting employment or pursuing higher studies.