Aamar Nani – Our Girls : Strengthening Education Governance and Female Empowerment

What the situation is
Education gives women and girls the baggage to make independent life decisions and realise their potential. The correlation is high between girls’ education and economic development. In the State of Rajasthan, particularly in rural communities, women and girls are denied access to education as a result of closely intertwined economic, socio-cultural, community- and school-related factors. Rajasthan is one of the poorest states in India and has a female literacy rate lower than 15%.

What we want to achieve
Lasting positive change for women can only be achieved if all members of the community are given a say about educational governance and contribute to shaping it. Our goal is to involve all actors (students, parents, teachers, local authorities) in a process of inclusive educational governance that empowers women, gets them to school and eliminates gender inequality through education.

How we plan to achieve it
We pursue four objectives. We promote female access to education to obtain a large, measurable increase in female literacy and enrolment rates. We make them and their communities aware of women’s rights through trainings and dialogue. We strengthen school governance by advocating for the inclusion of all community actors in school committees. Lastly, we improve the quality of education by setting up suitable teaching spaces and making teachers’ pedagogy more gender-sensitive.

In 2014, our project was selected by the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) as one of the 17 best in the world for the quality of its processes, as well as number one in India.

Location : India
Region : Asie du sud
Field : Girls and women's education
Duration : 2011 - 2014
Beneficiaries : Tribal girls from 48 villages
Project Manager : Satya Kumbhar
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