For each year that a girl is enrolled in school, she is more likely to avoid early marriage and more likely to survive childbirth. 

An educated girl will be less likely to suffer domestic violence or be trafficked, and will have a higher future income. Yet, despite all of the proven economic and societal benefits, millions of girls are still excluded from school because of their gender. Now, more than ever before, advanced analytics are revealing exactly where the problem of out-of-school girls is most concentrated – and one of those places is India.

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Home to one of the largest populations of uneducated girls, India has more than 4.1 million girls outside the classroom. This inequality is why Educate Girls – a non-profit organisation taking on gender inequality in education  –  was created.

The Educate Girls’ predictive model shows just five per cent of India’s villages are home to 40 per cent of the out-of-school girl population – a staggering 1.6 million girls who aren’t currently in school. With support from The Audacious Project, Educate Girls is now working with these specific villages to deliver a significant blow to the country’s education gender gap.

The team is mobilising field staff and volunteers to knock on every door and identify every out-of-school girl. Using a smartphone app, workers collect data and insight to help the Educate Girls team build a plan to change the collective mindset. Individual counselling for parents, and neighborhood and village-level meetings, are important elements of the team’s service. Once girls are enrolled in school, Educate Girls tracks them to make sure they stay there – and repeat the process until they’ve achieved success. 

The Audacious Project – a proud supporter of Educate Girls – was brought to life through the collaboration of some of the most respected names in the non-profit world, including Skoll, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Scott Cook & Signe Ostby and more. Virgin Unite is proud to be one of the key partners to have joined forces to help make this possible. 

At a time when our need for positive global change has never been greater, The Audacious Project continues to encourage the world’s greatest change-agents to dream bigger, to shape the best ideas into viable multi-year plans, and to present those ideas in a compelling way to potential supporters. It has a simple, ultimate goal: to make philanthropy more collaborative and more effective. 

Want to help Educate Girls bring opportunity to more girls? Learn more about their incredible work here.