overcoming gender stereotypes - by giving opportunities to girls.
Thanks to our supporters, a Pestalozzi education can change the fate of girls.
Ensuring that girls get a secondary education is one of the most effective ways to avert child marriage, early pregnancy and unemployment.
Around the world, girls continue to be discriminated against and excluded because of their gender. Millions face violence in their everyday lives, and even the brightest girls are held back from reaching their full potential and becoming role models.
- Over 700 million people worldwide are illiterate, and two in three are female.
- in sub-Saharan Africa, 11% of girls are married before age 15, and 35% are married before the age of 18.
That is why two out of every three children we select are girls.
To date 1,011 girls have graduated from our programme. Many have gone on to become the first girls in their families to go to college. Most are leading fulfilling careers. All of them are true role models for other girls in their communities.
Emily (name changed) was selected in 2021 when she was 11 years old from the state of Uttarakhand. She lived in Kumola village, which is 28km away from the nearest big town, with her parents and her two siblings. Her parents are subsistence farmers. Her father’s main source of income is doing labour work in local construction sites and road building. Her mother works as a cleaner in a nearby school.
Their home has only one room and a kitchen and is a very basic house with basic furnishing. They have to fetch water from a nearby stream and they don’t have sanitation facilities in their house, they have to go outdoors.
Emily is now 13 years old and has been a scholar at Pestalozzi India for the past two years. She is a 7th grade student at the Cambrian Hall School, Dehradun. She likes to sing and is an active member of the school choir. She lives in a house of 25 other children with a House Mother to look after them. She is a very quiet, hardworking and helpful child.