Our person of the week is Virendra Singh Sam, a non-resident Indian who made his way back to India to work on the issue of girls’ education in rural Uttar Pradesh. His interesting initiative has girls getting Rs 10 for every day of school attendance and even a toilet at home if the attendance exceeds 70%.
Virendra introduced a unique initiative that encouraged girls to attend school regularly. The money was deposited in her bank account. It was given on the basis of attendance. By the time the girls graduated from school, they had a decent amount of savings—Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000—in their accounts, which they could withdraw at the time of marriage. The condition was that the girls would get the money only if they were 18-years-old or above at the time of marriage. And these girls are just a few examples of change. Virendra, through his organization, Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES), in Anupshahar and Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, has given wings to thousands of such girls.