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