Oxfam India advocates for the proper implementation of the Right to Education to achieve the goal of quality and affordable education for each child in India, especially marginalised children. Our education programme addresses specific issues which hamper girl child education in India. We work with communities to monitor the delivery of quality education on the ground, engage with teachers, elected peoples’ representatives and bring together existing education networks. We counsel parents and raise awareness about the importance of girls’ education in India. We also work with families and community members to advocate for the importance of educating the girl child. We reach out to the most marginalised communities in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Orissa where children, especially girls are deprived of their education and their rights. We work with local partners in these states to educate children. Oxfam India aims to reduce poverty and discrimination by educating girls in India.
Rani, a 16-year-old girl from Raebareli, was compelled to drop out of school after class 7 due to poverty and household responsibilities. After dropping out of school, she spent all her time in household chores. She woke up at 5 am everyday to start her work. She used to go multiple times to a hand pump to fetch water, clean the house, wash utensils, feed the buffaloes nearby and prepare breakfast for the entire family.
There are many girls like Rani who are currently outside the education system in India. Socio-economic circumstances force them to leave schools, work at home and at times, as child labours. Often, they are forced to get married at a tender age and raise a family.
Despite the Indian Constitution making education compulsory for all children between 6-14 years, under the Right to Education Act (RTE), barely 12.7% of India’s schools comply with the minimum norms laid under the Act. Underfunding of government schools in India has resulted in less qualified teachers and lack of basic facilities such as toilets and drinking water facilities, thus rendering the education system in India inefficient. On the other hand, while private schools claim to have well qualified teachers and proper facilities, they charge unreasonably high fees. Thus, putting child education in India on the back-burner.
Oxfam India has been fighting for the implementation of the Right to Education Act in India. Oxfam India also advocates for the importance of right to education and aims to change regressive social norms to end discrimination.
Nearly 20% of families cannot afford education expense. Financial restrictions create problems for girl child education.Usually, she is forced to stay at home to carry out household chores while the son in the family is sent to school.
Nearly 8% of girls get married very young and are dropped out of school. They are forced into marriage before even attaining the physical and emotional maturity to understand marriage. Due to lack of education she cannot make an informed decision regarding her marriage or her spouse.
More than 4% of families do not consider education a necessity for girls. The deep-set social norm that sons will take care of the parents in their old age, while girls will have to get married and leave the parents’ house leads to the belief that educating girls is a waste of money.
Over 14% of girls drop out of school due to household responsibilities. Losing a parent or a sick family members forces young girls to take up household chores as social norms dictate that it is a woman’s duty to do domestic work or take care of sick family members.
Due to increased risk of violence against girls, 8.3% girls cannot cover long distance to attend school. In rural areas, girls may have to walk, often alone, through forests, rivers, or deserted areas, hence compelling them to stay safe at home instead.
Education is a fundamental right in India. Article 21-A in the Constitution of India provides for free and compulsory education for all children in the age group of six to fourteen years. The Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 provides for the right of children for free and compulsory education till elementary school, ensures that a child be admitted in age appropriate class, lays down norms and standards for school buildings, teacher-student ratio, teachers working hours and school days. It also lays down appropriate qualifications for teachers and prohibits physical punishments. The Right to Education Act specifies the duties and responsibilities of the government, local authorities and that of parents in providing free and compulsory elementary education. Subsequent to the RTE Act 2009, the Government of India has implemented several other girl child education schemes. On 22 January 2015, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi launched the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao campaign, with the aim to “change mindsets regarding the girl child”. The campaign aimed to raise awareness about the declining sex-ratio and importance of educating the girl child. There are several other government schemes for girl child education which give financial support to parents to educate their daughters. Some of these schemes are Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY), Balika Samriddhi Yojana (BSY), and Mukhyamantri Rajshri Yojana (MRY) which provide incentives such as higher interest rates, direct financial assistance, and tax-saving benefits to parents for investing in the development of their girl child.
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Your monthly donation for girl child education ensures continuous and consistent support for hundreds of girls from marginalised communities. Without which, it will be difficult for Oxfam India to plan a long-term, sustainable programme to support girl child education. It is a small amount for you and a life-line for us at Oxfam India and thousands of children. Through your urgent support, you can help enrol thousands of girls in India who continue to live in poverty and are deprived of their rights. The amount you invest every month will help a child learn, grow and build a better life for themselves and their future generations.
Oxfam India works with children from the top 5 poorest states of India. Your generous donation for education in India will enable children to achieve their dreams and transform our nation.
When you support Oxfam India’s work, you help end inequality in education and empower girls to become future leaders and change-makers of our country.
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In 2018, 7,048 boys and 6,003 girls from our focus areas received quality education. 136 schools and 117 Anagwadi centres were made functional. 440 School Management Committees (SMCs) were made functional in Primary and Upper Primary Schools. When you support Oxfam India’s work, you help end Inequality in education and empower children to become future leaders and change-makers of our country. In just one year, Oxfam India benefited over 13,000 children. People like you make it possible for us to help the most marginalised children receive quality education.
When girls stay in school, they are more likely to build an educated and healthier family, earn a better living, and contribute to the development of the society. Oxfam India, NGO for girl child education, aims to bring back girls missing from the classrooms of India and empower them through education.
Oxfam India’s vision is to create a more equal, just, and sustainable world. The overarching vision of Oxfam India is “Right to Life with Dignity for All”.
Oxfam India will fulfill its vision by empowering the poor and marginalised to demand their rights, engaging the civil society members to become active and supportive citizens, advocating for an effective and accountable state and making markets work for poor and marginalised people.
Oxfam India works with the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the five poorest states of India.
Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh,
Jharkhand and Orissa
Other States : Delhi, Maharashtra, Assam
Oxfam India's health, education, livelihood and disaster relief and response programmes,
bring lasting change in the lives and livelihoods of marginalised women and girls.