Educate Girls becomes first Asian nonprofit to be named an Audacious project


Alliance magazine


Educate Girls, an Indian non-profit organisation, is the first in Asia to be an Audacious project – a coalition of philanthropic organisations funding social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders around the world.

At the TED 2019 Conference in Vanvouver, it was announced that Educate Girls is one of eight new Audacious projects. Founded in 2007, Educate girls work closely with the Government and communities across districts of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh with low education rates for girls. To date the organisation has helped to enroll over 380,000 girls into public schools ensuring over 90 per cent retention of the girls enrolled.

‘Girls’ education is the most important investment we can all make to change things around us,’ said Safeena Husain, Founder and Executive Director of Educate Girls. ‘We are extremely pleased to partner with The Audacious Project. This partnership is going to help us register over one million out-of-school girls for school and ensure they find their way into the classroom – a place where they truly belong.’

‘There are countless proven economic and societal benefits associated with educating girls, including improving the likelihood that they will avoid early marriage, have smaller and healthier families, educate their own girls – and continue the positive cycle,’ said Anna Verghese, Executive Director of The Audacious Project. ‘Educate Girls is taking a smart, data-driven approach to a systemic problem. With fewer barriers, we’re excited to see Educate Girls significantly reduce India’s elementary education gender gap over the next five years.’

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