Bubbli: An effort to boost education of the deprived girl-child in India
New Delhi, July 2 (IBNS) Although Indian women have been breaking barriers to rise through the ranks in the global arena, education of the girl-child from economically backward families and rural belts of India remains a concern.
Joining the band of change-makers who are working to create awareness about the importance of educating a girl child is Anuj Gupta, a software developer turned entrepreneur.
A couple of years ago, Gupta launched a special programme called 'Bubbli' under a non-government organisation started by his mother in 1999.
Under the programme, Gupta sponsors the education of deprived girl children by mapping the girl child's education with the success of a young student.
"We ensure that the deprived child's education is sponsored at least for the duration the mapped student pursues his/her professional course, said Gupta.
The sponsored girl child’s progress in education is shared with the student against whom the child has been mapped.
"The student who is pursuing higher studies feels good that less-fortunate girl child goes to school because he/she is performing well in life," said Gupta.
Once the student completes his/her professional course and either gets a job or becomes self-dependent in any way, he/she is encouraged to become a 'young guardian' to the girl child.
According to Gupta, as the minimum duration a student takes to become self-dependent is two years, it is too early to say how many young students will opt to be a young guardian. But he is hopeful.
“The new generation is full of confidence and is poised to contribute. I am sure that there will not be any lack of young guardians. Idea is to make today's youth realize that their good work is not only good for them but it has a larger impact on the society," said Gupta.