Support for proper primary education for girls in Rajasthan, India

Funding the day-to-day operation of 22 schools for girls excluded from general school education

Because of a range of social, cultural and financial barriers, it is even harder for girls to benefit from the right to go to school than it is for boys.

To tackle this problem, in 2004 the Indian government launched the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) project to provide special support for the education of girls from poor and underprivileged environments. KGBV schools are boarding schools, specialising in meeting the specific needs of girls who have been excluded from general school education.

This initiative is a constructive and positive measure for girls at risk, but unfortunately the lack of resources jeopardised its successful implementation. To address this issue and support this worthwhile programme giving underprivileged girls the chance for a proper education, the Hempel Foundation is meeting the project's funding shortfall for the day-to-day operation of 22 KGBV schools in the Banswara district of Rajasthan.

This financial support will enable the schools to:

  • identify school-age girls and enrol them in a KGBV school
  • improve the learning environments
  • provide teacher training
  • establish libraries and create sufficient teaching materials
  • involve parents in their daughters' education.

The project is a partnership with Save the Children and will benefit 3,860 girls and 290 teachers.