Nanhi Kali

In many parts of India, the arrival of a baby girl calls for mourning rather than celebration. Abandoning them at birth or marrying them off as a child still is a common practice. Looked upon as a huge economic burden, it is not surprising that many Indian families don't see the point in investing in their education. Government of India statistics reveal that only three out of ten girls complete their schooling. While enrolment rates of girls are improving marginally in India, dropout levels remain alarmingly high. At primary school level, over 45% of girls dropout of school and this increases to over 73% by the time the child has reached class X. Research has shown that the reasons for this dropout may be as minor as, the girl child not being able to afford a dress/uniform to go to school, or could include more complex factors like the girl imposed with responsibility of household chores at a very young age, as a result of gender stereotyping. The K. C. Mahindra Education Trust and Naandi Foundation support such underprivileged girls to access quality education and material support to attend school with dignity. In 2011, Mr. Anand Mahindra chaired the Founder’s Day as the Chief Guest and in his speech he mentioned about his NGO Nanhi Kali. Inspired by the good work done by the organization in the field of educating the girl child, the Scindia School adopted 8 girls in 2011-12 to support their education. Four of the staff members also adopted one girl each. Since then the School has not looked back. Many of our teachers with the support of our students have been working towards the education of underprivileged girls.