The Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls School
In rural Jaisalmer, girls face India’s most extreme social, economic, and geographic disadvantages in receiving an education. An education will provide girls access to pursue economic freedom and autonomy. The value of education is not a precedent in this region, where female infanticide and child marriage remain prominent.
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The GYAAN Center is a three-phase education project that aims to become a foundation where girls and women can gain the tools to thrive in an environment that protects and celebrates the vibrant local culture of Rajasthan. Education is the key element for the welfare of women in achieving equality and prosperity in their families and in Indian society.
In just over ten years, CITTA India has assembled an international effort to build the GYAAN Center to fill an educational need at a level that inspires the local villages and draws international attention to the urgent need for women’s empowerment in this region. The activities of the GYAAN Center will act with a mission to support education initiatives worldwide. By celebrating women’s education and the ability to overcome historical measures, we hope to prevent harmful practices and empower girls through celebration and participation in their cultural heritage.
THE RAJKUMARI RATNAVATI GIRLS SCHOOL
The Rajkumari Ratnavati School is open and presently offered to girls below the poverty line residing in the Thar Desert region of Jaisalmer District, Rajasthan. The facilities include classrooms, a library, a computer center, and a bus facility to transport girls from neighboring villages. The school began with an enrollment of 140 girls from Class 1 to 4 that will move up in the school each year until we reach capacity at 400 students up to Class 10.
Using a social-emotional learning-based curriculum, students learn to read, write, and develop traditional skills unique to the region. The school also provides mid-day meals to ensure proper students’ nutrition and lessen families’ financial burden in collaboration with MCKS FOOD in New Delhi.