A girl child is often considered a burden, especially in families with financial struggles. They are the first to be pulled out of learning once a crisis strikes. As an increasing result, India is home to over 223 million child brides (UNICEF 2017). With no access to education, these girls have little to no say in making their life decisions.
To ensure that girls have equal access to education, BYJUites have nominated them for a free BYJU’S learning licence. The young LeadHERs have been nominated with the hopes of brightening their roads ahead with education.
Read these stories of why BYJUites wanted to help these children.
Assistant Manager – Content
I live in Malwani, Mumbai, one of India’s largest slum-dwelling communities. The girl I nominated, Ramila* Shaikh, lives in my community with her parents and two sisters in a rented house. Her father is the only breadwinner in her household and works as a tailor in a rented space.
She is currently studying in Class 11 in one of the local junior colleges in Malwani. Since the pandemic, her father’s health has deteriorated, and the family’s income has taken a toll tremendously. I can’t speak about her mental health – that would take another document to write. Despite the continuous mental and physical struggle, she has shown the grit and determination to continue her studies.
As a BYJU’S employee, I could only support Ramila to raise funds for her school fees which I did last year, and I wanted to help her complete her graduation in commerce. That’s why I nominated her for a free BYJU’S licence.
Associate – Content Development
I have known Krishnapriya* since she was a young girl, back from my hometown in Palakkad. Despite coming from a family of minimal means, she has always been a brilliant and hard-working student. She is also quite well-versed in extra-curricular activities.
When I learned about the LeadHERs campaign, I couldn’t find a better fit for the nomination than Krishnapriya. She has always dreamed of becoming an IAS officer, but her family could not give her the support she needed to practice for the competitive exams. That’s why I nominated her for the free BYJU’S licence.
I hope that she can benefit from the licence and improve her studies.
Sanusha* Kumar is my previous housemaid’s daughter, currently in Class 12 in the commerce stream. While she is very good at her studies, things have not been easy for her family. She comes from an economically weaker background, and the family is in a grave financial crisis. Her mother was diagnosed with cancer, which also involved a lot of expenses.
Moreover, her father, who worked as a labourer in the Middle East, doesn’t have a fixed income to support the family’s needs.
In the last two years, online education has not been easy for Sanusha, with limited access to the internet and the unavailability of good learning content. So, that’s why I decided to nominate her for a free BYJU’S licence.
For Sanusha, it’s not just about her dreams. While she wants to move to a different city and improve her lifestyle, she also wants to ensure that her parents can live their best lives. I hope that with the support from BYJU’S, she can get closer to fulfilling these dreams.
Through the LeadHERs campaign, BYJU’S EFA aims to fulfil the dreams of girl children across India. We hope to make education accessible to millions of children across India.
*Names changed for the protection of identity
BYJU’S Education for All is on a mission to empower 10 million children by 2025 with education. Through the BYJU’S Give programme, you can contribute to this movement and help children with quality digital learning. You can donate an old device, which we will refurbish, and then use the money raised to buy a new device. In case you do not have a device, you can also donate to an NGO partner, who will use the funds to buy devices for children.
In both cases, we will load our BYJU’S Think & Learn premium content onto these devices and distribute them to children in need.
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