Help the girls to study rather than become child brides

Until you see it, it is hard to imagine how much work and many Rajasthan, the girls have to do before going to school.

For some, their jobs take precedence, and the school is the last priority. But an organization that is pushing to encourage the three million girls, to see how studying can change their lives forever.

Bhagwanti Amount of Ram a typical day starts early with a kitchenette, flat roti bread; he gently flips the bread, careful not to burn the tip of his fingers on the smoking hot plate.

Then it is off to feed the chickens and wash the dishes.

For all the time that his father reminds her – and us – of his next chore.

“He needs to take the goats to the field,” he says, “can’t wait”.

In the end, she is free to pull a comb through your hair, fold your neck scarf into a strong “V” in the front as the schoolgirls do here, and we put his bag on the back for 4 km (2.4 miles) journey to school.

“Many girls in our country do not go to school because it is too far away,” he says.

“If we had a school that taught children up to the age of 15 years in our country, most girls of the studio.” he adds.

“The girls are afraid to go to school, as you have to cross a street where many drunk drivers passing by.”

Letting her daughter go to school, Bhagwanti father is quite progressive compared to many others in the village. Missing students

The group, Educate the Girls, he runs the teams of volunteers who go into villages to find girls who do not attend school. You talk to families about the importance of sending girls to school, and draw up a plan with the community to enrol them.

Volunteers work with schools to make sure that they are equipped with toilets – which, in addition, the tutor and the girls will run lessons of English, Mathematics and Hindi.

So far they have helped millions of children and was responsible for the registration of 150,000 girls in the school.

Meena Bhati by Educating the Girls, takes us to a house where four girls of the family were married at an early age.

Now a fifth one has been taken out of school after being married off at the age of 14 years.

“Here, the parents feel that there is no point in educating a girl,” says Meena.

“She is there to do house work and look after the livestock and take care of the younger children, while the parents go out to work as farmers or laborers. For a girl, education is a waste of time.”

Safeena Husain, Educate Girls believes she can do everything she wanted to in life because of his education.

It is estimated that three million girls between the ages of 10-14 do not attend school in India.

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One of the main things holding the other girls back from getting an education is early marriage.

“In Rajasthan, 50-60% of girls are married under 18 years of age. A lot of children – about 10-15% – are married with less than 10 years,” Safeena said.

According to Unicef, India has more child brides than any other country. Almost half of all the living Indian women are married below the official legal age of 18.

A member of Educate Girls team with first-hand information on the pressures many of these girls live with Neelam Vaishnav. She was married off at 14 to her sister-in-law, brother.

According to tradition, she moved in with the family of her husband, but with the knowledge that she would be able to continue to go to school. When they reneged on that promise, he decided that it was time to bring the marriage to end.

“When I decided to divorce I faced a lot of problems. Everyone in the village kept taunting me, calling me names. Still, it is in reality. My in-laws accused me of being without character, and without shame.”Greatest assets

In the meantime, at school, Bhagwanti looks to the future: “I want to become a teacher, after having studied and teach other girls, because when you are educated you have courage,” he says. “If I can stand on my feet and find a job, I will be able to support my family financially.”

This is music to the ears of Safeena, who strongly believes that, because women play an essential role of families in health and nutrition, the education of the girls would have solved many of India’s most pressing problems.

According to Unesco, each additional year of education for a mother reduces child mortality is 5-10% and raises its useful life of 20%.

“The name of any indicator of development and can be improved with the girls education and that in reality the girls are the greatest asset that we have,” he says.