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 #WithMalala 

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” 

-Malala Yousafzai, 2013

Why we stand #WITHMALALA

 

Malala Yousafzai, who had been targeted for speaking out on behalf of girls’ education in her region of Swat Valley in Pakistan, was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends on their school bus. Aged just 15 she was shot in the head, sparking international media outrage.

Malala has since emerged as a leading campaigner for the rights of children worldwide and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014. As an education activist and the world’s youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Malala has been an inspiration to young girls for several years. Since 2015, Snehalaya has been collaborating with the Malala Fund and with great enthusiasm, celebrating Malala Day every 12 July.  

 

What we do

 

​Despite the immense progress that has been made with the Right of Children to Free and compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, the state of secondary education remains troublesome, particularly for girls. In Ahmednagar, Maharashtra where we operate, there is much need to advocate for girls’ education amongst Dalit, tribal and nomadic communities, as well as people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Sadly, young girls are often kept out of school to support low-income families, and become vulnerable targets of commercial sex traffickers, who operate heavily in the region. We believe in equal access to education for all, and when women are educated, their whole community benefits.

 

Here is an overview of some of the initiatives that have been undertaken by us and our students: 

2015:  He Named me Malala Indian Premiere, Mumbai 

2016: Snehalaya campaign for equal education 

 

2016: He Named me Malala Roadshow. Ahmednagar Distric

2017- Educate, Empower, Lead (EEL) engaged with girls aged 13-17 at risk or the victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), to inspire them to stand up for their rights to their own education. We also empowered them to challenge the barriers to equality in education and gave them the dais to advocate for it with key influencers and decision makers.            

 

We have since continued to recruit Malala Peer Mentors who develop and deliver activities promoting equality in education through Malala Day celebrations, every 12 July. 

 

 

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