Educate Girls empowers communities to facilitate girls’ education in rural India and helps them take a stand against gender inequality. Educate Girls believes that if girls in educationally backward districts are educated, they will have the potential to enter the formal economy, gain employment and lift their families out of poverty.

Working in partnership with the Government, the community and with the help of 11,000+ community volunteers (called Team Balika), Educate Girls has helped ensure higher enrolment and attendance for girls as well as improved learning outcomes for all children.

Established in 2007, Educate Girls has grown from a 500-school pilot project in Rajasthan to now serving over 21,000 schools spread across 15 districts in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.


We aim to achieve behavioural, social and economic transformation for all girls towards an India where all children have equal opportunities to access quality education.


We leverage existing community and government resources to ensure that all girls are in school and learning well.


Our goal is to improve access and quality of education for around 2.5 Million Children across 27,500 schools, annually by 2018.


Safeena Husain
Safeena Husain
Founder and Executive Director

I once met an out-of-school girl and asked her “What do you want to be?” to which she replied, “Nobody has ever asked me this question so I have never thought about it.” The same girl is now enrolled in school by Educate Girls and today she aspires to be a police officer! This is the power of education.

Safeena, a London School of Economics graduate, has worked extensively with rural and urban underserved communities in South America, Africa and Asia. After returning to India, Safeena chose the agenda closest to her heart – that of girls’ education – and founded Educate Girls. Safeena’s efforts to bridge the gender gap in education in India have been widely recognized. Under her leadership, Educate Girls has received 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 from HRH Prince Charles for outstanding contribution in education. She recently won the 2017 Niti Aayog Women Transforming India Award and the 2016 NDTV-L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Award in the Education Category.

Senior Management Team
  • Arun Kumar Singh
    Director - IT
  • Maharshi Vaishnav
    Director - Development & Communincations
  • Sandhya Krishnan
    Director - Program
  • Suresh Subramanian
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Vijaylakshmi Saxena
    Director - Finance
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Board Members
  • Safeena Husain
  • Ireena Vittal (India)
  • Luis Miranda (India)
  • Sumit Bose (India)
  • Ujwal Thakar (India)
  • Gaurav Gupta (USA)
  • John Somoza (USA)
  • Lisa O’Driscoll (USA)
  • Michael Pollack (USA & UK)
  • Eric Levine (UK)
  • Kris Tay (UK)
Advisory Council
  • Aditi Thorat
  • Gul Mukhey
  • Hansal Mehta
  • Jasmeet Kaur Srivastava
  • Pooja Bhatt
  • Pragni Kapadia
  • Roopa Kudva
  • Sarath Divella
  • Swati Apte
  • Tara Kapur
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