Educate to Empower is an independent philanthropic trust that uses education to socially and economically elevate the lives of disadvantaged girls in India’s most deprived districts. Our flagship project is the SVA School in Thekkur village. SVA School provides free education for 210 girls up to class 5 and is growing organically by adding one class each year. The school is equipped with a computer laboratory, smart classrooms, library, art room, playground, garden and educational crèche. Future projects include new infrastructure such as science laboratories and sports facilities.
Our vision is to create educational institutes that employ the best pedagogy, community engagement, career guidance and personal development measures to transform underprivileged rural Indian girls into confident, compassionate and knowledgeable women with clear ideas for their future success and for the betterment of their families and community.
We focus on free schooling for lower-caste, rural girls born to uneducated parents below the poverty line because they are most marginalized members of our society who are given the least opportunities. By educating and economically empowering these girls and sensitizing them to the injustices in their lives, we believe we will not only improve our own students but also enable them to take forward our mission and create positive changes in mindsets and practices amongst their families, communities and villages.
As indicated by the 3 steps in our logo, we believe that education should serve a three-fold purpose:
- Uplift our students by opening doors to better career opportunities and liberating them from poverty and harsh labour conditions
- Empower our students to think critically about, discuss and challenge the politico-economic structures and social norms that disadvantage them
- Enable our students to become catalyst for social changes within their local communities and to improve the lives of their families and loved ones.