Pardada Pardadi Educational Society
Helping Impoverished Youth, Improving Gender Inequality, and Improving Female Literacy Through Education
- Female children in India are viewed as both an economic and social burden. Of all Indian children not enrolled in school, 70% of these children were female. This statistic is even more pronounced in Anupshahar where 85% of girls do not have access to elementary school. Rural females are also subjected to frequent abuse, the majority of them are married under the age of 18 (most girls in Anupshahar enter into arranged marriages between the ages of 13 and 14), and female infanticide is widely practiced today in India, especially in rural villages. The fortunate females who do attain adolescent age are often denied access to food, education, and medical care. Uneducated and largely relegated to second class citizen status they are forever dependent on their husbands or male family members for basic necessities. This has created a cycle of repression, neglect, and abuse that can only be broken by education and the self-reliance it provides.
- The Pardada Pardadi Girls School (“Pardada Pardadi”) was founded in 2000 in Anupshahr to provide education to females from the poorest families. In Anupshahr, there are more than 50,000 families whose income is less than 600 rupees ($11 USD) per month. Furthermore, 85% of girls in Anupshahr do not have access to even a primary education. The school started with 45 girls and has expanded to educate about 1000 girls from 43 villages. In 2006 Pardada Pardadi’s first graduating class saw 13 of 14 girls pass their 10th Standard U.P. Board Exams with 1st Division marks.
- In April 2014, an Assessment of Pardada Pardadi students compared to similar students in the Bulandshahr and Uttar Pradesh (“U.P.”) Districts was conducted and found that:
- 10th and 12th grade Pardada Pardadi students had a 100% passage rate on U.P. State Board Exams compared to 85% for Bulandshahr and U.P. students.
- Pardada Paradadi student attendance for all grades was 82% compared to 62% for all girls in U.P.
- Pardada Pardadi drop-out rate was 15.4% while it was 47.3% for other students in the area near the school.
- Pardada Pardadi students out-performed school averages in U.P. and all of India at every grade level in standardized reading and math exams.
- 18.5% of Pardada Pardadi graduates earn regular monthly wages compared to 5.6% of non-PPES women in the area and the earnings are two times greater for Pardada Pardadi graduates.
WHAT THE SCHOOL PROVIDE STUDENTS
- Kindergarten through 12th grade education.
- Basic English proficiency through our English Learning Lab, computer skills via the Computer Center, and leadership and a strong work ethic through our Leadership and Volunteer program.
- Pardada Pardadi opened the student health center in 2012 and has a full time nurse and staff available to students 6 days a week. Pardada Pardadi is the only school in the region to teach health and hygiene to their students and the care of their health needs. Pardada Pardadi opened the Prana Health Center in 2016 due to the lack of quality health care available. This new facility expanded their health program and provides quality medical care to staff, students, and village residents of Annupshar. Prana has nurses on staff, a doctor’s office, exam rooms, a pharmacy, and rooms for health education courses. The 180,000 people living in this region do not have access to basic medical care and most ill residents suffer and die without a diagnosis or aid from a medical professional. Malaria, tuberculosis, polio, typhoid, and diabetes affects the population. Education on preventative medical care is vital to reduce the spread of preventable diseases. Moreover, with the help of donors and volunteers, the people of the village will receive health care which would have not have been available nor affordable previously. The medical center was also sent highly skilled US doctors which was orchestrated by the Pardada Pardadi Education Society US Board which our Founder, Bruce Ferguson, is a member of.
- Students are provided with 3 nutritious meals a day, transportation services, books and stationary, uniforms and shoes, and shampoo, conditioner, and soap.
- Pardada Pardadi also constructed a vocational school in addition to its educational facilities called the iVillage. At the iVillage, students obtain training in appliqué work, block printing and embroidery. After graduating from the iVillage, students are given an opportunity to work in Pardada Pardadi’s Production Center which makes table covers, duvets, curtains, sheets, picture frames, trays, diaries, and coasters. These assorted consumer durable goods are sold in India and abroad and the funds received from sales are given to the Pardada Pardadi program to provide more girls with education and vocational training.
- The Pardada Pardadi school provides a human rights education curriculum that includes practical application of each right. Pardada Pardadi is one of the only schools to offer this class and practical training and Reform Through Education provides all the materials for the course and practicum. Reform Through Education also sent the head English Director to the US for advanced teacher training and ensures that the school teachers are highly skilled and trained.
- Pardada Pardadi is currently operating with a student body that is larger than the capacity of its current building. The school capacity is 1300 students but we are completely full at 1500. Limiting it at 1500 leaves out sisters to students and many families who have no family members enrolled. The school owns the land to build another school building thus being able to teach 5000 students and giving education and opportunity to more girls. With the land already owned, we need to get started on building this new 4-story building, complete with all school facilities in place, and are currently raising $4 million to accomplish this task.
- Pardada Pardadi's goal is to admit at least one girl from each family in the village and allow 5,000 girls to enroll. The new additional four story building that Pardada Pardadi seeks to build will facilitate the realization of this goal.