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Reaching for the Sky

Empowering Girls Through Education

Urvashi Sahni (author)

ISBN: 9780815730385

Publication Date: Oct 2017

Format: Hardback

Focuses on how gender equality can be achieved in a patriarchal society through education. This book shows how girls learn to be equal and autonomous persons in school and how they use this learning to transform their lives and those of their families. The book's argument is that education can be truly transformative if it addresses the everyday reality of girls' lives and responds to their special needs.

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Transforming the Lives of Impoverished Girls in Patriarchal Societies

Since 2003 a privately funded high school has provided desperately needed education for girls from impoverished families in Lucknow, the capital and largest city in Uttar Pradesh, in northeast India. Urvashi Sahni, the founder of Prerna Girls School, tells the stories of how the school has changed the lives of more than 5,000 girls and their families. Most important, this book tells those stories from the perspectives of the girls themselves, rather than through a remote academic perspective.

The book focuses on how gender equality can be achieved in a patriarchal society through education. It shows how girls learn to be equal and autonomous persons in school as part of their official curriculum and how they use this learning to transform their lives and those of their families. The book's central argument is that education can be truly transformative if it addresses the everyday reality of girls' lives and responds to their special needs and challenges with respect and care.

Although Reaching for the Sky describes just one relatively small school in one corner of India, the book's message and the stories it tells will interest anyone concerned about the necessity of girls' education, especially in developing countries. The lives of the girls at Prerna Girls School are largely representative of those of millions of girls living in poor contexts in countries where patriarchal structures and norms prevail.
Pages 200
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Oct 2017
Publisher Brookings Institution Press
Subject/s Education   Social theory   Gender studies, gender groups   Human rights  
Urvashi Sahni is an educator, social entrepreneur, and feminist activist. Apart from being an Ashoka Fellow, she is a Nonresident Fellow at the Center for Universal Education at Brookings and an adviser to the government of Rajasthan.

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