Empowering Women Through Education
Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.
Idea (hoping to get started in the future)
1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."
My sister and I are stepping up to make a change because of the recent revelations regarding the challenges that many females in rural areas around the world face in order to receive an education. Malala Yousafzai has been a major inspiration and a leader in the fight for female education. Through her fight for her own education and those of her peers' against the Taliban, we realized that girls around the world also face many hindrances to receiving a proper quality education. This propelled us to want to make a change and led me to form the idea of making a non-profit organization to bring a quality education to girls in rural India.
2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
Many girls in rural India face challenges such as a low position in society, child marriage, and etc due to culture and poverty. Although it is not probable to fight culture, it is possible to fight poverty. This problem matters because girls deserve a proper education (it is a human right- Universal Declaration of Human Rights) for a chance to forge their own path and achieve their dreams.
3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
In order to solve this problem, this project aims to educate girls but also target a root cause of the lack of a quality education (poetry), thus overtime eliminating the problem. This idea is set up as a non-profit organization that through initial donations and funding, will builds schools and provide basic necessities such as food, uniforms, and sanitary items in rural areas of India. Through the promise of free education and an explanation of how education will greater further advancement for a family (compared to child marriage), the initial attraction to the schools will start, and over time the results of education will feed the attraction for the school and desire to be educated. Already, the desire of many in rural areas of India, the national Indian Government, and international organizations to further the education available in rural areas will ensure the success of this project. These schools could generate some income to sustain itself through the growing of gardens/ agricultural products (which could teach more effective methods of farming), but would primarily utilize donations to run the schools.
4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.
A hypothetical example of what happens when a person involved with this project could be seen from a hypothetical student. The chance of a free education and basic necessities being provided will attract the student, while the explanation of the benefits of an education will attract the families and their support for sending their girls to be educated. Once at the school, the student will learn content until the end of high school, where they will then have the chance to be educated in a graduate school matching their dreams. After securing a job, that person will be making a difference in their community through their work (ex: a doctor can help treat medical issues, a teacher can continue education for future generations, etc.). Also, through the revenue, they gain from their job, they can provide for their family and get them out of poverty and stimulate the local economy.
5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?
This project is different from other programs because it focuses on eliminating a root cause of the lack of a quality education in rural India. Although the project does address how girls can be educated in rural areas, one key component is that the educated girls will then use their new skills/education to improve their local communities and continue the cycle of female access to a quality education and further improve their own community. Basically, this project will allow the educated girls to become changemakers.
6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?
Although the project is still at an idea-stage, the potential to make a difference is tremendous. Not only, will this project improve the lives of females and their families in Rajasthan, but will also aid in benefiting India and the world as a whole. The lives of the females and their families in Rajasthan will improve by allowing the girls to utilize the information they have learned, and make their own choices and their own path in terms of the direction of their lives; educating girls will help their families advance in economic means, leading them out of poverty. The education of more girls will further the development of India through an increasingly skilled and competitive workforce that reduces the poverty in India and increases GDP. This increase in educated females will foster the advancement of human knowledge thus assisting the progress of the world.
7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?
Some of our ideas to take this project to the next level could be partnering with an international organization such as UNICEF to increase the reach of this project or expanding this project to other rural areas in India besides Rajasthan. Partnering with an international organization will not only promote awareness of the challenges faced by many girls in rural areas in order to receive an education but also result in increased funding/support for the project to ensure its success. Expanding the project to various rural areas in India will impact more girls and change their lives through education.
8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?
Resources needed to make my vision a reality would consist of raising money to fund the building of schools in Rajasthan, as well as the support of the Local and National Indian governments. The money raised would be used to build the physical schools as well as provide basic necessities for the girls such as uniforms, textbooks, etc. The Indian government and international organizations have worked to improve the situation of women's education in India, however, the significant lack of a quality education can push this project's success and receive the approval of the Indian government.
9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?
10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.
The project itself creates changemakers from the educated women that then contribute to their communities changing the social, economic, and political dynamics of their rural communities. Partnering with other changemakers can assist in raising awareness, support, and funding for this project. Changemakers focusing on changing community dynamics or targeting poverty or increasing the value of women in society are all examples of areas of expertise that can assist in the progress of not only this project but the world. Other young leaders who wish to make a difference can lead charity drives or fundraising to increase donations and supplies for the projects and schools. Clearly, this project has many different aspects that allow different individuals/groups to come together and make a change.
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