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Published on Apr 16, 2015
In this video, the Skoll Foundation visits Safeena Husain of Educate Girls in India, where she is investing in the promise of girls.This video debuted on the big screen at the 2015 Skoll Awards Ceremony, April 16, 2015, before Safeena went on stage to receive her award from Skoll Foundation Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and President and CEO Sally Osberg.
In recent years, India has enacted policies and invested in girls’ education, resulting in dramatic gains in access to education. However, in many areas, as you will see when you watch, community expectations and accountability for educating girls remain low—a majority of girls do not complete their primary education.
Safeena founded Educate Girls to ensure that girls in India’s most marginalized rural communities are able to achieve their full potential. Educate Girls partners with public schools, trains local champions for girls’ education, and mobilizes communities to create their own action plans to make education more accessible and accountable to girls.
Since 2007, Educate Girls has grown from a 50-school pilot project into a large-scale effort reaching 1 million children in 7,500 schools. With plans to achieve even greater scale over the next few years, Educate Girls is preparing a generation of young women to enter the formal economy and help lift their families out of poverty.