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HindustanTimes Sun,24 Aug 2014

Girls are essential agents of change in breaking poverty and deprivation cycle

There are 113 million adolescent girls in India, accounting for nearly 11% of the population. But a large chunk of this segment never realises its potential because of socio-economic barriers. KumKum Dasgupta writes.

Health is (national) wealth

Statistics show that for every dollar spent on interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, about $20 in benefits could be generated. The six finalists are trying to ensure that girls have the right information on issues like nutrition and health and reproductive and sexual health.

Back to school

India’s enrolment numbers have gone up, yet many girls don’t end up going to school for various reasons. The six finalists in this category aim to bring such adolescents back to the classrooms.

Guidance is key

Government schools offer syllabus-based education, but not any mentoring process. The five finalists aim to provide adolescent underprivileged girls such mentoring relationships to help them achieve their goals.
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