Vodafone India, as part of its corporate social responsibility activities Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, partnered with an NGO, Educate Girls and raised Rs 4.5 crore through several initiatives to support the education of over 120,000 out-of-school girls in rural Rajasthan.
Handing over the cheque for the funds raised to Educate Girls, P Balaji, Director – Regulatory, External Affairs & CSR, Vodafone India, said, “Education is fundamental to driving social change. For young girls, basic education is even more important as it forms the critical first step of a larger objective – enabling them to make genuine choices about the kind of life they wish to lead. The benefits of educating girls are manifold. An educated woman has the requisite skills, information and self-confidence that she needs to be a better parent, worker and citizen.”
“At Vodafone, we are always keen to leverage our capabilities and resources in partnering with the government and the developmental sector to play our due role in nation development. I wish all the girls a great future,” Balaji added.
Speaking on the initiative, Amit Bedi, Business Head- Rajasthan, Vodafone India, said, “In Rajasthan, children, especially girls look forward to going to school and learn but are often constrained to do this diligently. At Vodafone, we have had the opportunity to support their education as a part of our commitment to the national priority of ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’. Our collective efforts have enabled over 1 20, 000 young girls to follow their dreams.”
Talking to R&M, Safeena Husain, Founder and Executive Director, Educate India, said, “It is indeed very heartening to have a corporation of Vodafone’s stature support Educate Girls. Vodafone Foundation’s World of Difference programme has helped Educate Girls with fund raising and capacity building at the field level. Vodafone’s contribution will go a long way as Educate Girls attempts to impact over 30 lakh children across 27,000 schools in the underserved educationally backward districts of Rajasthan.”
Educate India, is an NGO, focuses on enrolling, retaining and improving the learning outcomes of young girls aged 6-14 years. These young girls hail from Pali, Jalore, Sirohi, Ajmer, Bundi and Rajsamand districts in Rajasthan.
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