Bringing alive the education of India’s daughters
Sakhiyon Ki Baadi (SKB) is one of India’s largest girl child education programs and is run by the IIFL Foundation. The foundation, during the lockdown, provided 500+ Dakshas with the knowledge to use a mobile phone, engage on online platforms, upgrade their English language skills and develop an understanding of basic financial concepts. Through continuous online sessions, students enrolled at the SKB centers in remote inaccessible areas were given the knowledge. Obstacles like connectivity, lack of phones, and lack of knowledge were slowly eliminated in these areas before they took on spreading knowledge to 36,000 girls. Digitization helped the foundation take its initiative forward through various applications like Whatsapp and Zoom. Read more.
India’s HEI need more female power
In the recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2021, one is seeing a change with a few higher education institutes being led by women. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot to be done. Fewer than 7 percent of Vice-Chancellors in India are women, half of which are relegated to women-only universities, making the posting mandatory. This is further astonishing when you know that 46.2 percent of higher education enrolment is by women. The fact that this set of statistics largely goes unnoticed needs to be corrected. Read more.
India needs to re-revolutionize education
Digitization of education will be the path to maintain the quality of education during this age of the pandemic. Rural India has not been as fortunate in education as the rest. Their lack of connectivity, smartphone availability and technical knowledge has all led to students missing out on a year of their education. The introduction of mid-day meals found great success in motivating students and parents to get schooled leading to a 97% education rate. Another major problem for families in rural areas would be the reluctance in sending their kids back to school after having an extra set of hands to help out at home. Hence we would need to further revolutionize the Indian education system, expanding it outside of the school and bring back its importance. Read more.