Can education incentive schemes give wings to India’s girls?
A common belief that many of us have is that children usually do not like going to school. However, in reality, ours is a country where circumstances often trump many children’s desire to learn and their love for school. And in India, the situation is quite averse for the girls.
Durga and Anjum (names changed to protect identity), two adolescents from West Delhi, can vouch for the trend. They loved going to school and wanted to complete their education to achieve success in life. They had their dreams, but reality intervened. For Durga, her parents and the community stopped her in her tracks, and for Anjum, it was a teacher whose frequent punishments and discriminatory behaviour scared her so much that she dropped out of school.