BAE Sys­tems to Sup­port “Beti Bachao, Beti Pad­hao” in Part­ner­ship with ‘Room to Read’

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NEW DELH I . St re n g t h e n i n g its com­mit­ment to in­vest in the com­mu­ni­ties in which it op­er­ates, BAE Sys­tems will sup­port 300 girls to com­plete sec­ondary school through Room to Read’s Girls’ Ed­u­ca­tion P ro­gramme. BAE Sys­tems is part­ner­ing with Room to Read, a global non- profit or­gan­i­sa­tion fo­cused on im­prov­ing lit­er­acy and gen­der equal­ity in ed­u­ca­tion with its largest re­gion of op­er­a­tions in In­dia. BAE Sys­tems’ in­vest­ment will pro­vide ma­te­rial sup­port, men­tor­ship, life skills train­ing, and fam­ily and com­mu­nity en­gage­ment ac­tiv­i­ties

with the goal of en­cour­ag­ing young women, in grades 8-12, to com­plete their sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

This part­ner­ship is aligned with Beti Bachao, Beti Pad­hao or ‘Save the girl child, Ed­u­cate the girl child’, an ini­tia­tive of the In­dian gov­ern­ment which specif­i­cally tar­gets uni­ver­sal en­rol­ment of girl stu­dents in schools, de­creased drop-out rates, girl child­friendly stan­dards in schools, and im­ple­men­ta­tion of Right to Ed­u­ca­tion (RTE).

Mr Nik Khanna, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, BAE Sys­tems In­dia, said “The ed­u­ca­tion of girls has a pro­found and lon­glast­ing im­pact on com­mu­ni­ties. Room to Read’s Girl Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme is trans­for­ma­tional in its fo­cus on life skills as the key to sec­ondary school com­ple­tion and suc­cess be­yond. We are de­lighted to join forces with Room to Read to launch this new phase of com­mu­nity in­vest­ment com­ple­ment­ing the na­tional ef­fort on Beti Bachao, Beti Pad­hao.”

Mr Sourav Baner­jee, In­dia Coun­try Di­rec­tor, Room to Read, said “Room to Read seeks to trans­form the lives of mil­lions of chil­dren in low-in­come coun­tries by fo­cus­ing on lit­er­acy and gen­der equal­ity in ed­u­ca­tion. In­sti­tu­tional sup­port is crit­i­cal to our suc­cess. BAE Sys­tems’ in­spired ac­tions un­der Beti Bachao, Beti Pad­hao blends its or­gan­i­sa­tion’s goals with Room to Read’s ob­jec­tives and will en­sure more girls have the power of choice and are ready for the doors of op­por­tu­nity that fol­low.”

The Girls Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme specif­i­cally ad­dresses the risk of sec­ondary school drop- out of the girl-child and equips them with crit­i­cal life skills. In 2016, dropout rates of girls on the pro­gramme in In­dia de­clined by more than 50 per cent, from nearly 14 in 2015 to 6 per cent. The Girls’ Ed­u­ca­tion Pro­gramme, which aligns with United Na­tions’ So­cial De­vel­op­ment Goal (UNSDG) of Gen­der Equal­ity and Women’s Em­pow­er­ment, has sup­ported more than 38,000 girls glob­ally.

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