NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over the past ten years, Educate Girls Globally (EGG) has tested and developed a girls' education model that has proven effective in government schools in rural Rajasthan, India, where it will soon impact over 4,500 schools, reaching 260,000 girls (or 590,000 children including boys). In 2011, as a featured member of the Clinton Global Initiative's Annual Meeting, EGG presented a commitment to expand the program in India, taking on two new school districts serving an additional 199,895 girls (442,720 children) or a cumulative total of 1,035,540 children. The expansion will be implemented by Educate Girls, EGG's Indian partner, which developed the first operational model of the program.
EGG further commits to extend the model geographically to Tanzania, implementing the program in 20 communities and reaching an additional 4,628 girls (9,257 children). Through its merger with Global Partners for Development (GPfD), an organization with a 20-year history of working on community development in East Africa, EGG incorporates both staff and experience that provide a structure, already in place, from which the education model will be implemented.
The EGG education model is not a traditional development program and not philanthropy. It is a public policy program, grounded in theories of self-governance, aimed at promoting change through ownership in every government school. The results are so powerful that the Rajasthan State Ministry of Education, one of our partners, is now financing 50 percent of the program costs. Moreover, the model has received four major awards for innovation: the Dasra Social-Impact Village Capital Award; an award from LGT Venture Philanthropy; a Kubera-Edelweiss Social Innovation partnership prize; and one of thirteen awards (out of 264 entries) of a grant from The India Development Marketplace (a World Bank Institute-housed program).
Lawrence Chickering, the founder and President of EGG, said, "EGG is delighted to receive this recognition at CGI which represents the culmination of more than ten years of hard work by many committed and dedicated supporters. In particular, we would like to acknowledge our partner, Safeena Hasain and her dedicated team at Educate Girls in India, who are not here in New York this week, but have worked tirelessly and diligently over the past years to build out the model on the ground in Rajasthan and bring it to the scale it has achieved today."
EGG's community-driven education model is based on the experience that sustainability is inextricably linked to community participation in determining and owning its future. Once activated, communities have the skills and resources to address nearly any development goal they prioritize.
Educate Girls Globally is honored to be recognized for our achievements and goals by President Bill Clinton at the CGI 2011 Annual meeting held on September 20-22 in New York City.
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI):
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. The 2011 Annual Meeting was held on Sept. 20-22 in New York City.
This year, CGI also convened CGI America, a meeting focused on developing ideas for driving economic growth in the United States. The CGI community also includes CGI U, which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making. For more information, visit www.clintonglobalinitiative.org.
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