Female education is a catch-all term for a complex set of issues and debates surrounding education (primary education, secondary education, tertiary education, and health education in particular) for girls and women.
In India Female education is being stressed on for a past few years with higher intensity than before. Now in this regard Google has taken a step forward to digitally literate the women in India.
When women gain access to information and the tools to make the most of it, they start new businesses, make new discoveries, transform their communities and change the way we all learn, work, and live. This is being achieved through their program, Internet Saathi.
India has the world’s second largest internet population with over 400 million users, but only 30% are women. In rural India, only 1 out of 10 internet users is a woman*.
To help close this gap, in July 2015 we partnered with Tata Trusts to launch “Internet Saathi”, a digital literacy program. Women in rural India can complete the Saathi training, learning how to access and use the internet, and they in turn impart training to their community and neighbouring villages.
The Story of Preeti Pandey
Preeti Pandey lives in Dewariya, Uttar Pradesh. Preeti is 27 years old and has an MA in Hindi. She’s a teacher in a college and was a volunteer with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, working on development of sports among youth. She knew the Internet offered a lot of possibilities but had no idea how to use it.
Always interested in helping improve the lives of women in her village, Preeti became an Internet Saathi because it gave her the chance to meet a lot of women and help solve their problems. But she found most women in the villages were skeptical of learning. They didn’t own phones of their own and their husbands wouldn’t let them use theirs — so she started with training the younger girls in the village. Today, she’s helping adolescent girls search for the best available college in terms of tuition fees and choice of subjects, and has been helping them with career advice.
One of Preeti’s favourite stories is the time she helped a divorced, unemployed woman with two daughters learn how to make blouses. That woman is now earning on her own, happy that she can give her daughters a better education. Preeti says her next step will be connecting women to capital to start their own businesses.
We salute Preeti Pandey for her Sincere Efforts and Dedication. More Power to you!