Girls' Education Published on July 05, 2013

The cuteness was almost unbearable: girls in matching uniforms and braided ponytails, laughter shrieking from the playground, vibrant songs (kind of like skipping rhymes) sung to the clanking of sticks. To top all that off, their eagerness to share about their dreams to be teachers, nurses, and police officers (plus a few future presidents here and there) was really inspiring! We learned that girls’ education in India is vital in improving the country’s economy. Sadly, cultural mindsets prevent many girls from staying in school. After primary school, only 35% of girls enroll in secondary school, and many drop out before college. However, we believe that these girls, given the chance to stay in school, would improve their lives at home and in their community in significant ways.