WIP: Educating Girls – The Journey Ahead

February 12, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
FXB 710
651 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Lena Ransohoff

Safeena Husain, a London School of Economics graduate, has worked extensively with rural and urban underserved communities globally. In 2007, she founded Educate Girls in India, an organization that mobilizes communities and leverages public resources to enroll and retain out of school girls and ensure access to all students. Under her leadership, Educate Girls has helped over 4.2 million children in over 21,000 schools across two states, brought back and retained over 200,000 girls, and launched the world’s first Development Impact Bond in education. In addition, Educate Girls works to change cultural barriers and patriarchal mindsets creating an ecosystem of parents, students, teachers, and village leaders who will continue to influence the community for generations to come. Embarking on a new phase, Educate Girls plans to bridge the education gap for adolescent girls and impact over 16 million children in the next 5 years. Educate Girls has won the 2015 Skoll Foundation Award, the 2014 WISE Award, the 2014 USAID Millennium Alliance Award, the 2014 Stars Impact Award, and the British Asian Trust’s Special Recognition Award in Education. Safeena recently won the 2017 Niti Ayog Women Transforming India Award and the 2016 NDTV-L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award in Education.

Read some of Harvard FXB’s research on factors contributing to success in education for girls in India.