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30 July , 2019

Social Return on Investment (SROI) Study of CSR project by SoulAce

SoulAce conducted a Social Return on Investment (SROI) study of a Girl Child Education Programme in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu. This project began in 2012 and aimed at supporting girls with a range of social, academic and material support to enable and empower them to continue schooling by minimizing social and economic constraints.

Background

Girl’s education is both an intrinsic right and a critical lever to reaching other development objectives. Providing education to girls helps break the cycle of poverty: educated women are less likely to marry early and against their will; less likely to die in childbirth; more likely to have healthy babies; and are more likely to send their children to school. When all children have access to a quality education rooted in human rights and gender equality, it creates a ripple effect of opportunity that influences generations to come. Adolescent girls face economic and social demands that further disrupt their education, spanning from household obligations and child labour to child marriage, gender-based violence. It is important to provide them with quality education, social and moral support to empower them and get their gender rights. It is also important that the adolescent girls attain their age appropriate learning level in the elementary schools for smooth transition to secondary school in higher proportion with good learning level.

Objective of the Project

  • To increase the learning outcomes and achieve expected competencies among Girl students in 3 years by additional academic and educational material support.
  • To improve competency of teachers in selected Govt. schools so as to enable a healthy learning environment for girls’ education and provide quality teaching in a sustainable manner.
  • To organize sports and Co-curricular activities in selected schools.
  • Increase awareness and sharing results to leverage resources from the Govt. to enhance sustainability.

Intervention

The Main Intervention was through additional academic support, material support, social and moral support, which were the key components of the programme. Special academic classes were conducted for 1.5 hours beyond school hours, five days a week, which helped bridge learning gaps and enabled girls to reach their grade-specific competency level in school.

Beneficiaries

  • 7852 girls (class 1st to 8th) of 82 Govt. School in 83 villages

Impact

SoulAce’s Social Return On Investment (SROI) study found that for every Rs. 1 invested in the programme between 2013-2016, Rs 6.4 of social and financial value was generated. Additionally, there has been an

  • Improvement of age-appropriate enrolment in school for girls
  • Increase income of about 94% of the parents/guardian by working more hours in a day as children were in Academic Support Centres after school hours
  • Improved the performance of children in various subjects, as reported by 95.9% of the parents
  • 4% of the children can now speak English
  • 3% of the children have improved their interest in studies
  • 6% of the parents are aware of Government Schemes available to the children in Govt. Schools

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