The Qatar-based World Innovation Summit for Education, an international initiative for education, has announced six winners of its 2014 WISE Awards, which identify and promote effective practices to tackle global education challenges.
Educate Girls, a Mumbai-based organization that works to increase enrollment, retention and academic performance of girls in government schools in India, was one of six honorees. Winners receive a cash award of $20,000.
A jury of education leaders chaired by WISE chair H.E. Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani selected the winning projects from a shortlist of 15 finalists.
“These initiatives demonstrate how transformative educational programs not only bring real change to the classroom, but can also have a wider influence in communities and society,” he said.
The six winners will be honored at a dinner at the sixth World Innovation Summit for Education Nov. 4-6 in Doha, Qatar.
Educate Girls began work in 2005 to test, create and implement an operational model based on the writings of Lawrence Chickering on the subject of girls’ education.
A local Educate Girls team conducted an initial test project in 50 schools in Rajasthan’s Pali and Jalore districts. After completion of the test phase, the group received government approval to start a pilot project in 2008 in 500 schools serving 70,000 children in the Pali district.
By 2010, the program covered 2,342 schools and over a quarter of a million children, about 120,000 of them girls.
In 2011, EG signed a memorandum of understanding to enter Jalore district and work with an additional 2,083 schools. With an MoU in place for the Sirohi district, EG is prepared to expand its reach to more marginalized girls in some of India’s most challenging regions.