Malala Inspires NGO to Visit Villages for Girl Education Awareness
A campaign demanding the inclusion of secondary and senior secondary education in the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2009, has started in two districts each of the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Bihar. The campaign was set up to creat e awareness about the need of educating the girl child, especially the ones belonging to minority groups.
The initiative was taken up by a city-based NGO, En Bloc, partnered with National Coalition of Education (NCE) and The Malala Fund. En Blocs motto is "One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world," which had been Malala's famous reply to Taliban militants at the UN General Assembly, 2013 The three states were selected due to its poor share of female literacy rates.
"To ensure that girls enrol themselves in schools and parents do not hesitate to admit them, we are touring from one village to the other with an aim of spreading awareness about educating girls. In Uttar Pradesh, the initiative is being carried out in villages of Meerut and Allahabad. . . We have roped in Razia Sultana and Zainab Khan – two the most prominent female activists in rural areas who have played a major role towards promotion of women's education. While Sultana was given the first UN Malala award, Zainab was the first girl from her village to complete schooling. We are trying our level best to ensure that parents approve of and desire to admit their girls into school without any hesitation," said Mukesh Kumar, director, En Bloc.