Project information

Second Chance for Girls

A staggering 70% of students in India drop out before grade 10 and the number of girl drop outs is even higher. The Second Chance programme for Girls gives them a chance to go back to education and get a school leaving certificate.

January 2017 - March 2018

Charity information: Pratham UK

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  • Need


    The problem of illiteracy amongst girls is very severe in South Asia because of social factors such as discrimination against the girl child, parents not spending time and money educating girls, early marriage, childbirth etc.
    Educating a girl is very valuable as you end up impacting an entire family.


    Girls enrolled in the Second Chance programme first complete a foundation course before spending a week at an intensive local training centre once a month. Here subject specialists run intensive lessons. A local tutor then guides each girl through homework and lessons daily, to ensure an understanding of the secondary school curriculum.
    The entire Second Chance programme runs for 15 months at the end of which the girls sit the school leaving exam.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To bring dropout girls back to education.


    » Foundation course + intensive coaching at residential camps.
    » Tutor help at home with course work and home work.

    What success will look like

    Through the pass percentage of the girls who sit the school leaving exam

    Aim 2

    To encourage girls to become economically self sufficient after they complete their education


    » Counselling during education programme

    What success will look like

    We have a parallel vocational skilling programme so we will be able to see if they enrol for bedside nursing or sewing classes or beauty programmes

    Aim 3

    To help the girls families achieve better nutrition and healthcare as well as education


    » Keeping in touch with students even after they finish their course

    What success will look like

    Track the girls who have successfully finished the Second Chance Programme and get them to testify to the results on their lives through videos

  • Impact


    Track the girls who have successfully finished the Second Chance Programme and get them to testify to the results on their lives through videos.
    Track enrollment in vocational skilling programmes by girls and see impact on family finances
    Track the children of these girls and measure learning levels as compared to average


    Family pressures - parents or husbands objecting to the residential course since it requires the girl staying away from home.
    However, Pratham is an established NGO with a proven track record and excellent links with the community so there should not be much opposition.


    We can report to donors at the end of the 15 months with detailed pass percentages of the girls based on their exam results as well as subjective assessment of how the programme impacted the girls and the community they live in

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Rent Renting accommodation for week long residential coaching camp
      £3,000 Study materials Books and other equipment required for school leaving exam syllabus
      £7,000 Teachers Tutor who visits the girls at home as well as teachers who run the residential course every month
  • Background


    A rural district in Maharashtra state India.


    Girls aged 15-25 who have dropped out of school before taking the grade 10 school leaving exam

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Pratham is India's leading education NGO with the skills and resources to operate this programme. It is a highly credible NGO which has won international awards, as well has earned the trust of village elders, families and the Indian government.
    Pratham operates in 20 out of 29 Indian states and has a volunteer base as well as trained teachers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anamara Baig

    She will be the chief coordinator