“You educate a girl and you educate the entire family”
While the air at Deepalaya School, Sanjay Colony reverberated with the ‘International Girl Child Day’ theme, it was a classroom full of adult males which brought many to a stand still.
Closer investigation threw light on the gathering of fathers whose daughters were enrolled in the Girl Child Education Program. They had gathered to prepare gifts to be handed over to their little angels on their important occasion.
Ms. Shailaja Bista, Political Officer, Embassy of the United States, graced the celebration. She was accompanied by colleagues Mr. Shahab Khan and Ms. Catherine Sharma.
The Girl Child Education Program strongly draws the fathers into promoting and sustaining their girls at school using the concept of the Father and Daughter Alliance (FADA). The Project, which is in operation from 2009, enrols out of school girls into non-formal education centres and thereafter they are mainstreamed into formal schools. To ensure continuity at school, the girls come back to Deepalaya for remedial support.