An important element of community development is education of the girl child. As per the UN, only 2 out of 5 Indian women can read and over 40% of Indian girls under 14 years do not go to school .. Thus, community development becomes a core focus area for NGOs, looking at educating its people, more importantly, the women in the rural pockets of the country.
While various initiatives have been undertaken for the empowerment of women, education is at the crux of rural community development in the country. Indian NGOs like, Bharti Foundation, understand this reality and have designed rural, innovative education initiatives like the Satya Bharti School Program promoting academic as well as holistic development of girls whilst incorporating community development as a part of its school curriculum. The program provides out-of-class learning opportunities to address societal issues & fulfill its vision of providing quality education to boys & girls from rural communities of India.
Students of the Satya Bharti Schools are encouraged to undertake community development campaigns in their own villages. The community development campaigns are built into the curriculum, ensuring that it forms a regular part of their weekly activities. Students get together and address various issues of rural development affecting their community. Various kinds of campaigns like Campaigns against Child Marriage, Campaign for Girl Child Education, Plantation Drives and Health and Hygiene Drives are undertaken by students.
Bharti Foundation was established in 2000 with a vision “To help underprivileged children and young people of our country realize their potential”. Visit bhartifoundation.com to know more about their program for girl child education.