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ISSUES ON HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA THAT UDAYAN CARE ADDRESSES

In India, girls’ education is often considered the lowest priority, in particular, girl’s higher education. According to current transition rates, a girl who enters her final year of primary education (typically Class V) still only has a 54% chance of even starting Class XI. This does not even include girls who drop out during primary school or never attend school at all! The highest percentage of girls drops out between Class X and Class XI. Only 68% of girls who enter Class X move on to Class XI (NUEPA 2015). Moreover, only 6% of Indian women (above 15 years) are college graduates. Currently, out of every 100 graduates, only 38 are women (Census 2011).

Educating a girl child is often the lowest priority for many families, thus creating a grim scenario for the development of girls in the country. Securing higher education is particularly challenging because a girl’s marriage is assigned a greater value than her education (1 in 6 girls are married under the age of 18!) Gender discrimination, poverty and deep rooted cultural attitudes prevent millions of girls from weaker sections of the society to get equal opportunity, to continue their education, and to economically empower themselves and their families. Moreover, among lower-income groups, a girls’ higher education is often seen as an unaffordable luxury given a family’s preference to allocate resources to sons rather than daughters.

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 are able to aspire and achieve their dreams of pursuing and completing their higher education and become independent ‘shalinis’ or empowered women.

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