The impact of school shutdowns on girls in India

Classrooms in many parts of India don’t look like this right now. Instead, desks are empty and books stay unopened on dusty shelves. Many girls are now working in fields or married off as children to try to keep their families afloat. Even when schools reopen, many girls may not return.

Access to education is a vital part of empowering girls and fighting gender inequality. Research continually shows that educating girls can bring explosive opportunities to a community—and without it, many girls are sentenced to the same circumstances as their mothers and grandmothers before them.

Our work is crucial. Too often, girls are forgotten and invisible—so we need to reach them with education, safety, and opportunities.

We firmly believe in the right of every Indian girl to a quality education. That’s why we provided technology for girls in our programs to continue learning during lockdown. We sent 1,383 girls to school or college in 2020 and we aim to reach thousands more with education and empowerment. With your help, we can do it.

For more about India’s education crisis, read this article from The New York Times.

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