Redefining the lives of domestic workers' daughters through quality education in India




Ensuring access to quality primary education for the daughters of domestic workers

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the Indian education system. According to UNESCO, by 2020, an estimated 320 million learners were unable to attend schools or universities. The digital divide has continued to deny education to thousands of disadvantaged children who do not have a smartphone and/or an internet connection. The majority of pupils enrolled in public primary schools were the most affected by this inequality. For them, school is not only a source of education, but also of food and nutrition and protection from early marriage, domestic violence, sexual exploitation and child labour.

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India |2020 À 2021|Access and quality of education|Focus Girls

 Maharashtra State -Slums in the city of Pune

The aim of the project

To ensure access to quality primary education for the daughters of domestic workers. Enable these girls to access a better life through education: a total of 135 girls living in the slums of the city of Pune are supported by this initiative.

In 2020 - 2021, the project has initiated a 4-month computer coding training programme. The aim is to connect the girls with the wider public and provide a growing livelihood opportunity. Coding helps them to develop their logic, creativity, problem solving, communication and maths skills. 

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What we did

Key figures

  • 135 girls directly affected by our activities;
  • 135 men and 135 women domestic workers indirectly affected by our activities;
  • Over the past two years, all have improved their skills and academic performance;
  • They attend school regularly and none of them have dropped out;
  • Witnessing their progress, their parents gave up the idea of marrying them off or assigning them to domestic tasks;
  • In addition to the focus on improving educational outcomes, and given the increasing influence of new technologies in children's lives, digital literacy was introduced which helped the girls supported to understand the technologies used and to use them safely and effectively. 


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Our partners

  WeKare - Capgemini*  

Find out about all the other projects carried out by Action Education in India in our latest Activity Report

*CThe project was established in 2004 in Pune, WeKare is a registered charity, managed and run by Capgemini employees

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