Education

India’s public school system reaches 250 million children through 1.5 million schools. However, 50% of all children drop out before completing primary school; 49% of girls enrolled in secondary school do not attend classes. Poor quality of and inequitable access to education significantly hamper education outcomes in India, which is set to become the world’s youngest country by 2020, with 64% of its population in the working-age group. Within this context, Dasra has analyzed critical gaps to highlight effective solutions and organizations to give to, to move the needle on education indicators in India. 


Causes

  • Empowering Adolescent Girls

    In 2010 India had the largest number of out- of- school adolescent girls in the world however for every 1% increase in girls who enroll in secondary school its GDP would rise by $5.5 billion. Dasra’s work focuses on the importance of education for girls and their communities and highlights...

  • Improving Mumbai's Public Schools

    In Mumbai, 40% of children attend private schools due to perceptions of better quality education and better job opportunities. Because the most marginalized children cannot afford private schools, they end up enrolling in the public school system. Due to the poor quality of education provided at...

  • Keeping Girls in Secondary Schools

    In 2010, India had the third highest number of out of school girls in the world. Investing in girls' education and empowering them to be opinion leaders and decision makers can address many challenges that plague Indian society: maternal and child health, population explosion and gender based...

  • Leveraging Sport for Development

    4% of all children in India never start school, 57% do not complete primary school and almost 90% drop out before completing secondary school. Further, in most states, learning levels in both arithmetic and language are not only low, but declining. Research indicates that children who engage in...

  • Enhancing Youth Employability

    India’s GDP is growing at a rate of 8% per annum and more than 500 million job opportunities are expected to be created by 2022, a majority of which will be skill based. A significant portion of India’s population falls within the employable age bracket. With appropriate education and training,...

  • Nourishing Adolescent Girls

    Fifty per cent of India's adolescent girls are below the normal body mass index while 56% are anemic. These deficiencies undermine the physical and cognitive ability of girls, affecting their performance at school. Dasra’s report, Three Square Meals, provides insight into the problem of...

  • Ending Child Marriage

    If education could be made more interesting and linked to employability, families would find it easier to imagine an alternative to child marriage for their daughters. Girls with secondary schooling are 70% less likely to become child brides than those without. Dasra’s report, Marry Me Later,...

  • Eradicating Sex Trafficking

    While education does not prevent a girl from being vulnerable to trafficking, trafficking definitely prevents access to education. Moreover, the likelihood of an educated girl being trafficked is lower than that of an uneducated one - 71% of all trafficked victims are illiterate and 14% have...

  • Advancing Girls’ Education

    In India, 35% of women are illiterate, and there is a significant disparity (roughly 12%) between literacy rates in men and women. Indian girls average less than four years of education, roughly 40% leave school before they reach Class 5, and for every 100 girls, only one reaches Class 12. In a...

  • Improving Menstrual Health and Hygiene

    23% of girls drop out of school when they hit puberty. Girls in puberty are typically absent for 20% of the school year. Menstruation is the second major reason, after household work, for girls to miss schools. Dasra’s report Spot On! highlights key challenges and solutions in the menstrual...


Insights

  • Impact At Scale

    India is home to the largest number of illiterate women in the world (over 200 million), and over 3.7 million girls out of school. Estimates show that girls in India average less than four years of education, roughly 40% leave school before they reach Class 5, and for every 100 girls, only one...

  • Enhancing School Sanitation

    In 2014, 2 out of 5 schools in India did not have separate toilets for boys and girls, and more than 2.5 lakh schools did not have any toilets at all. This has had far reaching implications for education in India – one study found that a lack of toilets contributed to 23% of surveyed girls...

  • Scaling Social Innovation

    In India, 80% of children have access to primary education, but one in four still drops out of school before reaching Class 5 and almost half before reaching Class 8. At the secondary level, a further 15% drop out. Overall, only 12% of the target population graduates from higher education...