Social Empowerment – Women and Girls Education Project:
Female education is a catch-all term of a complex set of issues and debates surrounding education (primary education, secondary education, tertiary education, and health education in particular) for girls and women.
Girls’ education goes beyond getting girls into school. It is also about ensuring that girls learn and feel safe while in school; complete all levels of education with the skills to effectively compete in the labour market; learn the socio-emotional and life skills necessary to navigate and adapt to a changing world; make decisions about their own lives; and contribute to their communities and the world. Hunger, lower social status, chores, early marriage, school safety and sanitation are all barriers preventing a girl from receiving a proper education.
Girls’ education is a strategic development priority. Better educated women tend to be healthier, participate more in the formal labor market, earn higher incomes, have fewer children, marry at a later age, and enable better health care and education for their children, should they choose to become mothers. All these factors combined can help lift households, communities, and nations out of poverty.
Our Women and Girls Education project is aimed to address the economic and social inequities that affect families and communities in rural India. To this end, our mission is to make available a continuum of quality adult education classes, along with essential support services, to provide preparation for and access to family-sustaining jobs and post-secondary education in order to enhance the quality of life of women in the communities we work with..
Opportunities to Engage / Support:
Because two-thirds of our volunteers are women, and the majority of our volunteers have taught in the classroom, women volunteers are especially effective role models for the equitable treatment of girls and women.
Volunteers can make a difference for girls and women by volunteering with an NGO that teaches women about their rights and invests into their capacity building. providing opportunities on teaching English, computer literacy, and other skills to help women and girls build better futures for themselves, and earn an income to support their family. Providing medical care, family planning support, and counseling in a women’s health clinic. Helping women build small businesses – whether you’re teaching them financial literacy, business development, or even helping with teaching arts and crafts for income generation (basket weaving, jewelry-making, sewing, and more). Helping women who have suffered from domestic abuse get back on their feet and provide for themselves and their children.
As a volunteer on the Women’s Education project in Dharamsala, you will work closely with women and girls from small communities to develop their independence, build their confidence, foster entrepreneurship skills, and grow their leadership capacity.
Women in India face a wide range of social inequalities and this is particularly prevalent in small and rural communities. Building gender equality for is a key development focus for India as a nation and developing leadership capacity and self-management in women and young girls is an important component of this equality.
This project is well suited to volunteers who have a passion for supporting girls and women through education. Working alongside community stakeholders and local interns, your tasks will include supporting locally-led self-help groups, promoting health and hygiene, improving public speaking and spoken English and building computer literacy.
This project also has a significant focus on micro-enterprise, where volunteers support local women to design and develop innovative and sustainable enterprises centered around upcycling waste products and natural fibers into handicrafts or creating organic beauty products such as soaps from natural products grown locally. These small businesses provide an income to the women and help to foster the development of vocational skills that can lead to broader employment opportunities.
You are not required to have previous experience to join this project however, teaching or business experience is beneficial and will ensure you can make an impact in upskilling the girls and women you work with.