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In India, girls' education is often considered the lowest priority; in particular, a girl's higher education. A 2017 National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights' (NCPCR report), also echoes similar worries that around 39.4 per cent of adolescent girls in the 15-18 age group are not attending any educational institution. "A vast majority - almost 65 per cent - of them are "either tied up in household activities, are dependents (married), or, are forced to beg, etc."

According to current transition rates, Enrolment of girls in primary school is 97.6 %; Enrolment in secondary school is 81%; Enrolment in Senior Secondary School is 56.4%; Enrolment in Higher education is 23.5%. (AISHE Report 2018-19). The highest percentage of girls drops out between Class X and Class XI. In 2016-17, the highest average annual dropout rate at different stages of school education was at the secondary level; the rate is at 19.8. The percentage distribution of persons in the age group of 5-29 years who dropped out/ discontinued education is highest for the age group 16-24 years at 55.4% (with males at 53.6% and females at 57.4%). (Women and Men in India (A statistical compilation of Gender-related Indicators in India) 2018, 20th Issue Social Statistics Division Central Statistics Office Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Government of India))

All of this adds up to stack the deck against a girl acquiring a degree and reaching her potential.

At Udayan Care, we are committed to ensuring that young girls from economically disadvantaged families can aspire and achieve their dreams of pursuing and completing their higher education and become independent 'shalinis' or empowered women.

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