Girls' education project in India (Enlight)




Preserving access to education for children (especially girls) in India

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on the Indian education system. According to UNESCO, in 2020, approximately 320 million learners were unable to attend school or university. The digital divide continued to deny education to thousands of disadvantaged children without a smartphone and/or 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.

Action Education is therefore mobilising to preserve access to education and schooling for all children, especially girls, in India through its "Enlight" project. An action directly linked to our fight for girls' education and the fight against gender discrimination in the world.

To support this project :

India |2015 À 2026|Access and quality of education|Focus Girls

9 cities in India: Bengaluru; Chennai; Delhi; Hyderabad; Kolkata; Mumbai; Pune; Salem & Trichy

The aim of the project "Enlight" 

The Enlight project focuses on access and quality of education in India for children and especially for girls who can be more easily excluded from the education system in this country.

It aims to :

  • To provide a better future for children living in difficult circumstances (especially girls) through continued access to quality education;
  • To provide better living conditions for girls from the most disadvantaged backgrounds through education.

Through 45 Child Support Centres (CSCs), Project Enlight is committed to girls' education in India with the aim of improving their basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills, and to develop :

  • analytical skills,
  • general skills,
  • and life skills for their holistic development

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What we did

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Thanks to this education project and the actions deployed by the Action Education teams, the achievements are numerous:

  • Strengthening community educational governance (effective functioning of schools) ;
  • Children's cognitive development through access to expanded learning spaces using information and communication technologies (ICT);
  • Promotion of better health and hygiene practices ;
  • Protection and rehabilitation of children's environment;
  • Support to over 2,500 girls from specific, vulnerable and marginalised groups in 9 Indian cities.


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children's support centres

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