India is a country on the rise. With a population of over 1 billion and increasing attention being given to girl's and women's empowerment movements, it is easy to feel optimistic about its future. Initiatives like Girl Rising and Let Girls Learn are taking root in India, helping to push the focus and ultimate goal for girl children away from marriage and toward joining the workforce.
When it comes to education, one of India's most pressing issues is teacher absenteeism. Once regarded as a noble profession, lack of infrastructure and oversight in schools has led to little or no accountability for teachers to show up to class. This, coupled with India's rapidly growing population, makes it difficult for many children to attain academic achievement.
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PaperSeed partnered with Milaan to develop curriculums and trainings to enable Girl Icons to make an even greater impact in their communities.
Over 100,000 students have benefitted from the Girl Rising curriculum and learning modules, specifically developed to break down pervasive gender stereotypes which keep girls from reaching their full potential.
Over 4,000 students benefited from the implementation of Be!Schools skills programs in their schools, which helped them identify local problems and develop entrepreneurial skills and attitudes.
This new center has enabled Muskan to add an additional 20 students to their program, where they will receive therapy and education.
Umang Charitable Trust works to provide remedial services to children with learning disabilities and autism, irrespective of their religion, caste or financial background. They adopt a positive, child-centric approach to achieve their mission and goal of rehabilitating economically disadvantaged children with special needs. . .
Rishikesh is a Hindu holy city in north central India, resting at the foothills of the Himalayas. It is an area that attracts tourists from within India and around the world, so it is growing fast, but still there are many people here who live in extreme poverty without modern facilities or conveniences. . .