Constant learning and adaptation to nature has played critical role in our evolutionary history. This learning channelled specifically, is what we refer to as Education, the power that enables our mind to comprehend with logic and intellect, towards an assured future and well-being.
“One of the most powerful tools for empowering individuals and communities is making certain that any individual who wants to receive a quality education can do so.” ~ Christine Gregoire
In a developed world, one would presume that everyone has the right to quality education, but to India’s lowest socio-economic class, access to higher education and career opportunities remain more of a privilege than a right. Despite the Indian government’s continuous efforts, India is still struggling at a 69% literacy rate as social and economic conditions act as a dominant influence on girls’ education.
In rural areas of India, girls face discrimination and gender equality issues, have little or no access to tertiary quality education thus rarely pursue competitive careers in technology and sciences. A 2018 report released by the Ministry of statistics and programme implementation in India, declares that over 57% of girls drop out of classrooms by the time they reach higher secondary school. The end result of this is that girls who do finish school will either land up in menial paid jobs or if they cannot afford further education, will be married and cut off from lifelong learning opportunities.
Schooling is important but tertiary quality education, on the other hand, is a whole new dimension.
The United Nations’ global goals for sustainable development describes Quality Education as an objective that ensures equality and inclusivity and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all. Quality education encourages gender parity and enhances socioeconomic mobility. HEMLATA’s H100 initiative was conceived to encourage this exact evolution and is curated specifically around the sustainable development goals SDG# 4, Quality Education, and SDG# 5, Gender Equality, by the United Nations.
HEMLATA believes that education is the most fundamental of all human rights.
The H100initiative designed by HEMLATA strives to infuse the importance of dignity and self-worth in our H100scholars with a unique and competent approach. Through innovative scholarship programmes and facilitating fees for tuition, boarding and lodging, transport, books as well as a stipend for pocket money, the initiative supports girl students in attaining the best of Quality Education. The H100 initiative is designed to give a comprehensive support to the scholar, create real and sustainable impact, and thus bring parity to society and better opportunities to girls.
Article by Swetha Anusha Goteti and Smita Suchde Grütter
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