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#LIGHTALIFE THIS DIWALI

#LIGHTALIFE THIS DIWALI

$20 LIGHTS UP ONE DIYA

$500 LIGHTS UP ALL 25 DIYAS AND GIVES 1 GIRL IN INDIA A SECOND CHANCE AT EDUCATION

#LIGHTALIFE THIS DIWALI

$20 LIGHTS UP ONE DIYA

$500 LIGHTS UP ALL 25 DIYAS AND GIVES 1 GIRL IN INDIA A SECOND CHANCE AT EDUCATION

Second Chance Stories

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ANJALI

Meet Anjali Thakor from the state of Gujarat who has just completed Year 10. She left school earlier to get married and was lucky enough to join a Second Chance center . . .

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ARCHANA

Meet Archana Mandavi, 19 years old, who lives on a farm in the state of Chhattisgarh. Having completed her Year 10 exams, the Second Chance program has provided . . .

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NIRMALA

Meet Nirmala Gangaram Gavit, aged 24 who lives in the rural region of Maharashtra. She left school at a young age to be married and have children. . .

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SADIYA

Meet Sadiya Salmani, 20 years old in the state of Uttar Pradesh. She wants to improve the financial situation of her family. She originally had to drop out of . . .

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SUHANA

Meet Suhana, 17 years old in the state of Rajasthan. She left her studies originally because her family needed her help to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. Suhana helped her . . .

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Second Chance Program

The Right to Education law in India guarantees free and compulsory schooling to all children up to Grade 8. However, for a variety of reasons (e.g distance, cost, access, socio-economic constraints and cultural barriers) millions of students drop out of school or discontinue their education across India. This phenomenon is even more pronounced for girls and young women, particularly in more remote, rural areas.

Pratham’s Second Chance program is a low-cost, high value grassroots program focused on bringing disadvantaged girls and women back into the education system to complete their Grade 10 exams. Completing high school gives them employment opportunities and a way out of poverty. Their lives are improved, with benefits filtering over to their children, family, and the community. Since its inception in 2011 the program has impacted the lives of more than 36,000 girls and women. Learn more

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