Perspective on ELA

Poverty, social injustice and inequality of opportunities are issues plaguing the marginalized sections of the society and are impediments in their development. Girls are placed last in the patriarchal order and hence the most neglected and discriminated. We believe that education is a powerful tool for their social transformation. It has the potential to challenge the patriarchal norms and change the overall view. While education empowers psychologically and socially, livelihood, which is the next step towards development, supplements economically. Emphasis on girl education is based on the view that education imparted to a girl has a ripple effect in the present and to the future generations. As the African proverb goes, “If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family”, we concentrate our focus on girls education in the marginalized sections of the society. Furthermore, a capability approach based strategy is required to tackle the issue of livelihood, which is another problem associated with the marginalized sections. Working in close association with the community, they are provided with quality skills that help make a respectable living for themselves. Thus, education improves health, incomes and overall livelihood prospects of an individual, while advocacy helps spread awareness and attain positive change within the society.