Project location: Uttar Pradesh, India
Funding: £100,105
Year / duration: 1999 / 2 Years
Partner: Care International

Education is fundamental in the fight against poverty. In India, while the pace of education has accelerated, there are many barriers to children accessing quality primary education, especially for girls. The states of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have the lowest female rural literary rates in all of India, 19% and 12% respectively.

In 1999, TRAID funded Care International to expand its Girls’ Primary Education Programme in these regions by establishing community schools in remote rural villages. In these areas, there was previously no access to primary level education for children. TRAID funding enabled CARE to set up 200 community schools, train teachers, provide schools with basic materials and greatly
reduce the enrolment gap between boys and girls.

Community mobilisation helped to raise awareness about the importance of girls’ education, and create the conditions in which girls could go to, and remain in school. The project worked closely at the family level and community level to establish a broad base of support for educating girls. This involved creating Mothers’ Groups, home visits, small group discussions, folk media, films, events and village rallies. At the same time, CARE worked closely with local organisations to strengthen local commitment towards establishing quality education in poor rural areas, especially for girls.

Key Outcomes

  • 350 Mothers’ Groups and 150 community groups formed
  • 200 Community schools providing access to quality primary education for more than 6,000 children who would otherwise not be attending school
  • Establishing an accelerated learning residential programme for uneducated adolescent girls to help them get into formal school

Today, CARE’s Girls’ Primary Education Project is flourishing with thousands of young girls receiving education in hundreds of villages in the region.