One of my usual morning rituals to check my Facebook feed left me feeling really confused and disappointed. 

It’s the National Girl Child Day. Why is no one talking about it? Amidst the popular ‘Mother’s day’, ‘Father’s Day’, ‘Women’s Day’ and more, “National Girl Child Day”  has subtly slipped our mind.

Why is National Girl Child Day Important?

First initiated in 2008 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, the National Girl Child Day aims to promote awareness on a range of issues including education, health, and nutrition. It is celebrated in India every year on January 24.  

This year the theme is  “Empowering Girls for a Brighter Tomorrow’. We cannot forget the major role “Education” can play in empowering girls. 

However, 32.4% of young girls aged 14-18 years opt out of schools due to ‘family constraints’ according to a report by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. 

Education is the wings which enable every child to fly towards a better future.

Making education better for all children, make sure each child is learning with understand is something we believe in at EI. Through our Large Scale Education Programmes, we enable teachers and empower students with Mindspark- a personalised adaptive learning platform, which allows the students to learn at their own pace, at their own level. 

Today, Mindspark is used by 19,000 girls across 4 states in India – in the deserts of Rajasthan, hilly areas of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, and forest regions of Madhya Pradesh. Through our work with governments, we have been able to touch the lives of so many students.

And who better than a teacher, to vouch for it! Hardutt Ram a Math Teacher, Government School, Dhadha says “Some students are weak in class and cannot cope up with what is taught. Remedial classes are given to such students to catch up. Until students learn to read and write, they will find it difficult to understand the curriculum.

When the Mindspark team first came to our school, they requested a room for setting up the computer lab to teach students of grades 1 – 8 through computers.

Based on our visits to various rural schools, we saw that largely children from poor families come to government schools. They have never been had exposure to computers before”

Parents too are intrigued and see a remarkable difference in their child’s performance. An example is Lalita, studying in Adarsh School Dhadhar, in a rural Rajasthan.

Her mother says, “Earlier she was very weak in studies, but now she has started reading and writing in school. I want her to study well so that when she grows up she can learn how to manage the farm, get a house and maintain her finances.”

So, how is an edtech tool breaking the stereotypes and empowering Teachers, Students and Parents all at one? To know, Watch the Video here

 

Devarshi Pandya

Devarshi Pandya

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