Society tells women to just fit in. We coach them to stand out.
Yuwa is the recipient of both Nike Gamechangers Award in 2011 and NDTV Spirit of Sports Award winner for 'Best Education through Sport' in 2012. With the $25,000 Sports Micro-Venture Fund Grant from Nike, we have built a small rural hub for sports and education in which we are building and strengthening our bridge program to prepare girls to enter higher-quality private schools.
Using curriculum from 'Khan Academy' and others, we are progressively creating a virtual classroom to serve up to 100 girls daily and fully run by peer-tutors from Yuwa teams. Girls access lessons using tablets, and receive support from peer-tutors. We've purchased five tablets as a pilot program and have already seen success in the idea. Now we are aiming at scaling up, purchasing a minimum of fifteen more tablets to reach that goal of serving 100 girls daily (assuming one tablet for every five girls).
We’ve been in touch with Khan Academy, and they have already translated more than six hundred lessons into Hindi and Urdu, giving the girls an excellent resource for education in their own language.
The goal of the bridge program is for each girl to:
· Cultivate a love for learning, and curiosity and excitement in her future education
· Achieve core competency in math, science and English
· Prepare for higher-quality private schools, universities and trade schools
Many girls in Yuwa have already escaped child marriage – many of whom saw their older sisters married at age fourteen or fifteen. A number of these girls have gone on to become the first in their families to attend university. Our aim is to make that the rule, not the exception, for every girl who joins Yuwa.