The Crisis

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Only 5% of Indians are university graduates

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Less than 1/2 of rural children in grade 8 can perform simple division

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93% of 8 year old students in rural India have been beaten by teachers

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Only 2% of India's manual workforce is skilled

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Only 7% of Indian graduates are employable as professionals

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1/4 of the government school teachers are missing on any given day

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Less than 1/2 of rural children in grade 5 can read grade 2 textbooks

A Chinese citizen is 20 times more likely to file a patent than an Indian

Girls growing up in India face severe discrimination. The child sex ratio in the country is unnaturally low with only 919 girls present for every 1000 boys, due to sex-selective abortion of female children by their own parents. Girls who do survive are less likely to be well-nourished and given adequate medical care when compared to their brothers. Young girls face a high risk of child marriage and underage pregnancy with 33% of girls being married under 18 according to the 2011 Census of India. Education is a proven way of helping young women realize their potential, increase their earnings and delay marriage until adulthood. Unfortunately the state of public education in the country is highly lacking which means that most girls are never given adequate opportunities to establish independence and challenge the social malpractises they face. 

Girls in rural India are more likely to be impoverished, less likely to graduate from school, more likely to be married underage and more likely to suffer from grievous spousal abuse than girls in urban India, as studies like the National Health and Family Survey and the Indian Human Development Survey have demonstrated. Thus, we believe that we can create maximum social impact by providing quality education to rural girls.

 

Sources: Annual State of Education Report 2016; Census of India 2011;  World Intellectual Property Organisation 2014

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