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Global Activism: Pardada Pardadi school supports young girls

In parts of rural India, it’s considered “a waste” for girls to be educated and that girls should only help do family chores, housework and prepare for marriage and children. In many villages, girls are barred or discouraged from participating in athletics, or even simple play. Worldview continues its Global Activism in India series with a visit to a unique girls school an hour outside of Delhi in Bulandshahr, India. It’s called Pardada Pardadi. It means "great-grandparents." The phrase links to the care and support of the extended family. Pardada Pardadi initiatives help the girls, their families, and community. They pay families to send their girls to school and guarantees them a job upon graduation. This all girls school includes a customer service call training center and a garment manufacturing shop. They do micro-credit loans and artificially inseminate cows. The school is helped by India Development Service (IDS), a Chicago-based investment NGO. We’ll talk about Pardada Pardadi with its CEO, Renuka Gupta. She’ll introduce us to some of the students and give us a tour of the school. Guests: Renuka Gupta is the CEO of the Pardada Pardadi Education Society (PPES), a non-profit operating schools for girls in rural India, and has over 25 years experience in the field of social work.

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