Kochi: As part of its commitment to the ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ movement, has partnered with Educate Girls, an NGO that focuses on enrolling, retaining and improving the learning outcomes of young girls aged 6-14 years, and raised Rs. 4.5 crore through several initiatives to support the education of over 120,000 out-of-school girls. These young girls hail from Pali, Jalore, Sirohi, Ajmer, Bundi and Rajsamand districts in Rajasthan.
Handing over the cheque for the funds mopped up to Educate Girls, P. Balaji, Director – Regulatory, External Affairs & CSR, Vodafone India, said, “Education is fundamental to driving social change. For young girls, basic education is even more important as it forms the critical first step of a larger objective – enabling them to make genuine choices about the kind of life they wish to lead. The benefits of educating girls are manifold. An educated woman has the requisite skills, information and self-confidence that she needs to be a better parent, worker and citizen. It also has a strong multiplier effect for when you educate a girl, you are educating an entire family. At Vodafone, we are always keen to leverage our capabilities and resources in partnering with the government and the developmental sector to play our due role in nation development. I wish all the girls a great future.”
Amit Bedi, Business Head- Rajasthan, Vodafone India, said, “In Rajasthan, children, especially girls look forward to going to school and learn but are often constrained to do this diligently. I am glad that at Vodafone, we have had the opportunity to support their education as a part of our commitment to the national priority of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. Our collective efforts have enabled over 1, 20, 000 young girls to follow their dreams. I thank our NGO partner Educate Girls and my colleagues at Vodafone India for their commitment and support for this cause.”
Safeena Husain, Founder and Executive Director, Educate India, said, “It is indeed very heartening to have a corporation of Vodafone’s stature support Educate Girls. Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference program has helped Educate Girls Immensely with fundraising and capacity building at the field level. Vodafone’s contribution will go a long way as Educate Girls attempts to impact over 30 lakh children across 27,000 schools in the underserved educationally backward districts of Rajasthan.”