The Girl Effect

PestalozziWolrd believes in the power of girls to change the world…and the power of education to change the fate of girls. Today, two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate people on Earth are female. One in three girls in the developing world are married before age 18, and one in three girls in the developing world give birth before age 20. Ensuring that girls get a secondary education is one of the most effective ways of averting child marriage and early births.

I like being in Pestalozzi and my housemother Anila and volunteer Isha look after me very well.  I get a lot more here than at home.  Here we get every kind of food and I like the house, the bedding and the new shoes I got for Diwali. In my village, we had to light a fire to heat hot water but here it just comes.  I like how we are taught here, it’s very good and Maths is my favourite subject. I thank Pestalozzi for everything.

Monika Pundir

That is why two-thirds of PestlozziWorld students are female, recruited from areas where girls too often face marriage as teenagers, early pregnancies, or bleak prospects for employment. Equipped through our “head, heart, and hands” approach with knowledge, skills, and ethics, as well as a family of supportive peers, our girls are going on to college, careers, and assuming roles in their communities that are making them healthier, economically more powerful, and poised to be leaders. PestalozziWorld graduates are changing the expectations of girls in their communities.