Non-availability of schools in or near the village is a primary reason for girls being away from their education. If schools are at a distance, families often force the girl child to leave education due to safety issues of travelling the long distance. Non-availability of public transport to the school is also seen as a hazard for the girls, forcing them to quit education.
Even the absence of simple facilities like boundry walls in schools and teachers stands in the way of a girl child’s education.


Exclusion on the basis of gender is one of the biggest barriers in universalizing elementary education. In general, at the national level, the number of girls enrolled in school is lesser than the boys. School drop-out rate amongst adolescent girls remains particularly high at 63.5%.
Girls are also considered more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, and are often not allowed to go to school because of this reason. Girls are often the first to be taken off schooling and put into household chores – like taking care of siblings, cleaning and cooking for the family. The sex ration of Girl:Boy in India in 2011 was 914:1000.


a. Only 18% schools in India have separate toilets for girls.
b. 11% schools don’t have toilets at all
c. 34% schools, the toilets were completely unusable or in a very bad conditions
Not having separate or functioning toilets in school results in the lack of privacy and security for the girl. It is one of the key reasons why girls are forced to drop out of school.

Source: Study conducted by CRY on the 3rd anniversary of the RTE in India


There are more than 5 million child labourers in India*. Irrespective of the data source, roughly 50% of all working children are girls.
19% of children employed work as domestic help and 90% working children are in rural India.**

Source: *National Sample Survey Organisation-66th Round 2009-10
** 7th All India Education Survey (2002)


Early marriages are associated with a number of health problems amongst adolescent girls. Most importantly, early pregnancy, which not only leads to a high risk of abortion but also causes severe health damage to the adolescent girls.
• 44.5% of girls aged between 20 -14 years at the time of the survey were married before the age of 18.
• One in every six women (~16%) aged 16 -19 years had begun child bearing. 12% had already become mothers and 4% were pregnant with their first child at the time of the survey.

Source: Status of Children in India: An overview of the past decade (a study commissioned by CRY in 2013)

When you support the Stay in School girl child education campaign, you help us:

Support for Children
Enroll children in public schools and provide them education support to stay in school
Stop Child Labor
Stop child labor by helping parents gain employment and providing children access to education
Support Girl Child Education
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Girl Child Education

How you make change: Stories of Hope

Shirisha was forced to drop-out of school after her mother was diagnosed with cervical cancer, to take care of her and the household chores. When CRY America supported Project Shramik Vikas Kendra (SVK) and community members intervened and spoke to her father, he agreed to send her back to school after much persuasion. However, within a month, Shirisha dropped out again due to the worsening condition of her ailing mother. Sadly, her mother passed away and the entire burden of household work continued to be on her little shoulders.

With continued counseling and support from SVK, Shirisha was re-admitted to the school. She remains passionate about learning and was recently promoted to Class 9. A little help from you will ensure that girls like Shirisha get an education and are empowered to pursue their dreams.

Secure girls Future
As she grows, she is able to make better choices for
herself. This transforms her persent life, gives her a
secure future and helps her to look out for her
family too.
Stay away from Child Marriage
An educated girl stays away from
early marriage, avoids exploitation at
work and becomes strong and independent
Why should girl go to school?
when a girl is able to go to school, she sets off a cycle of positive change.
Educate girls to grow
Educated girls grow up to be empowered women and can influence the communities they live in, for good.

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Reasons why girls stay out of school


Soha Ali Khan, Actor
“I strongly believe that all girl children should be given the opportunity to quality education and encouraged to have a career of their choice, just like I did”.

Soha Ali Khan, Actor