For many girls in India reaching 8th grade is a luxury and training to become a teacher is a faraway dream. India is the country with the largest illiterate population on earth. Women and girls are specially affected; girls are kept at home to work or sent into early marriage. Nearly two thirds of the girls are married under a legal age: Poverty but more importantly cultural and social barriers are causing this problem.
In 2007 Educate Girls was founded, driven by the belief that this needs to change. Educate Girls mobilizes communities, addresses attitudes that prevent girls from going to school and introduces infrastructure, like separate toilets, so schools are seen as a worthwhile place for girls. Last year they managed to provide access to education to around 300’000 girls and improve their lives significantly.
One of the organizations, supporting Educate Girls to expand their model to reach a higher number of girls is LGT Venture Philanthropy (LGT VP). We are an impact investor, supporting social organizations in order to increase quality of life of less advantaged people.