Shiksha Bharati is an educational institution that is devoted to the cause of the empowerment of girls. Shiksha Bharati runs and operates a Central Board of Secondary Education (C.B.S.E.) accredited senior secondary school (up to Grade 12th) on a 20-acre education campus, some 65 kilometers east of New Delhi. This school provides innovative and holistic education by utilizing a rigorous curriculum. The program combines academics with physical, moral, spiritual, and cultural development to empower these girls and prepare them to become financially independent to lead a life of dignity.
IDRF Partner Since: 2001
Location: Hapur, Uttar Pradesh
Project Title: Tribal Girls’ Education and Hostel Facility
Northeast India is a region known equally for its natural resources and vernacular knowledge, as well as its remoteness and extreme poverty. Among the 200+ tribal populations that inhabit the region, far less than half of the women are literate—less than the national average. IDRF has been working with Shiksha Bharati to address these challenges.
Girls from tribal villages of the Northeast region mostly from Assam and other states like Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, and Ladakh are selected by Vidya Bharati and sent to Shiksha Bharati for schooling. These tribal girls were often unable to access basic education—let alone quality education—in their home states. With IDRF’s guidance and financial support, Shiksha Bharati constructed a well‐equipped dormitory Banwasi Chhatrawas with the capacity to house 100 girls within the campus of the Srimati Brahma Devi Saraswati Balika Vidya Mandir. IDRF and Shiksha Bharati together provide completely free boarding, lodging, and travel to all girls residing here. The dormitory includes a media room, library, game room, and a room for judo practice.
After completing their education some of the girls have returned to their native places, where they teach local girls, thus, contributing to breaking the cycle of gender discrimination and poverty in their communities.
IDRF supports the education of tribal girls at Shiksha Bharati through two distinct funds:
- Endowment Fund: a one-time donation of $ 10,000 endows one permanent educational seat, in perpetuity
- Annual Support: an annual donation of $ 550 per girl
This will help cover all the living expenses of one girl. The living expenses will cover food, clothing, lodging, school supplies, medical expenses, and utility charges, etc.
At present, 66 students are living at the IDRF Tribal Girls’ Hostel. To fill the hostel’s capacity of 100 students, and to educate girls belonging to the economically disadvantaged background, we need your support! Your donation for educating a girl will give her financial independence allowing her to lead a life of dignity and self-respect.
IDRF also supports the higher education of these girls once they complete their schooling. The girls are also helped by IDRF volunteers with language skills, counseling, and guidance for college and higher studies.
Please click on the link to learn more about Shiksha Bharati https://www.shikshabharati.com/
Students at the IDRF Tribal Girls’ Hostel
Hostel students are also provided computer literacy
Girls learn various vocational activities while living at the hostel