What the studies have shown:
The data behind the need to educate girls is compelling:
- A girl in the developing world with at least 7 years of education:
- Marries 4 years later
- Has 2.2 fewer children
- Source: Report on Adolescent Girls
- Just 1 extra year of primary school increases a girls’ future earnings by 10-20% and 1 extra year of secondary school increases it by 15-25%. Source: Returns to Investment in Education: A Further Update. World Bank 2002.
In short, education has a huge impact on the health & wealth of girls, women, and indeed the development of communities and nations.
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.- Nelson Mandela
Educating girls offers the best hope of breaking the cycle of female deprivation. Increased schooling has similar effects on the incomes of males and females, but educating girls generates much larger social benefits. Because of what women do with the extra income they earn, because of the extra leverage it affords them within the family, and because of the direct effects of greater knowledge and awareness, female education has an enormous social impact.- Lawrence H. Summers
In order to promote development in impoverished nations like Nepal, we have to support the most important agents of change … the young girls. It is this belief that drives our organization to provide educational opportunities for underprivileged girls in Nepal.
By empowering these girls, we believe that we are fostering the next generation of mothers, employees and employers, and community leaders.
What Rukmini Foundation is offering
The Rukmini Foundation is hoping to cultivate these leaders through our holistic program of quality education, health & wellness services, and mentoring.
We believe that simply providing access to education is not enough as we have to provide a quality education.
We also want to ensure the health and wellness of the girls as they seek to empower themselves, and we also provide mentoring so that these girls believe in their own power to change their futures and the future of their communities.
Learn more about our programs
Quality Education – Gyan
An educated girl has the power to transform her life. It gives her the foundation to make her own choices and gives her a voice to speak for herself. A quality education prepares her for future academic opportunities as well as economic opportunities.
Health & Welness – Ayush
Along with a quality education and mentoring, Rukmini Foundation also provides the girls with routine check-ups and health education so that they and their families can remain healthy and secure.
Mentoring – Didi
Simply being able to go to school is not enough. The girls need to believe in themselves and their huge potential. We ensure this by providing supportive mentoring from elder sisters (Didis) who guide the girls through the challenges of school and home and help to build their esteem and confidence.