Help girls in India overcome the many barriers to getting an education. Help us reach our goal of raising $8,000 to give 20 marginalized girls career-based education!
Due to a lack of information, social biases, gender discrimination and a lack of skills, youth from marginalized communities have limited opportunities. They have restricted access to information about employment, educational opportunities or possible changes they could make to better their lives. These youth are at a critical point in their social, emotional, and physical development as they transition into young adults. For girls around the world, there are even more educational barriers.
These barriers include forced child marriage or child labor, sexual harassment, cultural biases, poverty, and lack of nutrition. Families already living in poverty are less likely to support their daughters' desire to get an education, but Girls' Voices is working with schools around the world to change that.
To help overcome these barriers, Prayasam, based in West Bengal India, runs a program called Ontrack- a youth career and workforce development program. This program attempts to bridge the economic divide for marginalized youth through job access and career readiness training. Ontrack is a job-oriented training course to youth that helps prepare them for entry-level jobs in a diverse set of industries. Ontrack will not only prepare the youth for getting jobs but will also equip them with the necessary business and social skills to hold on to and excel in their jobs. In this program, students learn how to conduct interviews, how to write effective resumes and cover letters, and fill out online applications as well as other key job skills. In addition, Ontrack youth are taught soft and hard skills necessary to succeed in a changing economy.
Prayasam has 20 young girl scholars who are eager to learn, pursue their education, and lead their community. These students understand that education extends far beyond what one learns in school, and are each committed to being leaders in their community to help solve critical social issues. However these girls cannot do it alone! Your donation will go towards funding workshops, educational materials and more to get them career ready!
Girls from Prayasam are Girls' Voices Scholars!
Prayasam was one of the Girls Voices for Change Contest participants. In efforts to raise awareness about girls' education issues and to raise funds for the Girls' Voices scholarship funds, close to 100 girls participated from 8 countries, including Bonaire, Haiti, India, Jordan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Uganda and the United States. The global media challenge invited girls to create media—both video and digital photography, demonstrating personal triumphs, solutions to gender disparity, and a vision for a more empowered education for girls.
Prayasam's mission is to organize and develop the children and youth of slum areas as empowered change agents by forming groups and sustainable advocacy on Public Health, Popular Education, hygiene and sanitation within their communities. Prayasam believes the education system doesn't adequately prepare students for their final exams. Many families rely on tutoring centers to ensure that their children can complete their secondary education. This presents unique challenges for girls because many girls are not allowed to travel distances and tutoring centers are an additional expense for the family. Early childhood marriage is also common in West Bengal - as high as 80% in the rural areas. Considering these statistics, it is inspiring to see girls taking a stand for her own education while encouraging stronger leadership in her community.
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