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Why Educate Girls? 

UNESCO estimates that 129 million girls are out of school globally, of which 97 million are secondary school age. A large number of these girls are in India. 

Generational impact

How education changes girls' lives

Educating a woman leads to the full realization of her inherent dignity. 


It expands her mind, empowers her to make decisions about her own life, contributes to her family's wealth creation, and facilitates her active participation in a good and flourishing society. 


Education makes women less vulnerable to child marriage and abuse, and is the most important factor in moving her out of the cycle of multi-generational poverty.


The facts


for every additional year in secondary school, her future income increases by 15 - 25%


she will make informed decisions about her children’s nutrition, healthcare and education


child marriage is reduced by 64%


she will reinvest 90% of her income into her family and community helping to lift them out of poverty, and flourish


Nearly half of girls in rural India drop out of school

There are a number of inhibitors to adolescent girls in India pursuing education between grades 8 to 12. 


Why do girls drop out?



Costs of fees, books, and uniforms increase dramatically once girls enter secondary school. 


Also, boys are prioritized as traditional gender norms are deeply entrenched in rural communities.



Parents working as labourers need their daughters to cook, do laundry, and care for young siblings and grandparents.



Long trips to school make girls vulnerable to harassment and sexual assault. 


60 million girls are sexually assaulted on their way to or at school every year.

But there is much hope...

In the past decade, it’s become increasingly acceptable to educate girls, especially in rural India, and girls themselves have greater aspirations for advancement and professional roles in their

communities and beyond.

How do we tackle
the dropout problem?

You can be the change they need

The Mariam Society works with Grameen Foundation India (GFI), a global expert in female poverty alleviation and digital financial inclusion. 


Inspired by the work of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus who started the Grameen Bank and is a global leader in the fight against poverty, GFI has worked tirelessly in rural villages and impacted over 1 million women.


GFI’s teams are embedded in the communities we serve, allowing them to manage and run our programs with local expertise, trust, and successes built over decades. 


People tell my parents to stop sending me to school, but they now understand the importance of education. Moreover, they have made a commitment to Didi (Smita, our Field Coordinator) that they will allow us to continue our education.

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