DP World, an end-to-end supply chain logistics provider, has collaborated with the not-for-profit arm of Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt Ltd. (Fiinovation) to launch a girl child education scholarship. The female student scholarship programme has been named ‘Pragati’ and it will be undertaken in Mundra, Gujarat.
The aim of ‘Pragati’ is to financially support the educational expenses of 120 female students from targeted regions. The scholarship will cover the academic expenses of these students till they complete class XII in the academic years 2022-23, 23-24 and 24-25.
Fiinovation will be responsible for monitoring the implementation of the project at the ground level. It will also manage the community mobilisation and outreach by working with Saath Livelihood Services, a local community based non-profit partner. The non-profit has been working to uplift underprivileged communities in the region for several years and has an in-depth understanding of the communities.
Rizwan Soomar, CEO and managing director, DP World Subcontinent, said, “At DP World, we strongly believe everyone must have access to quality education. The prolonged school closure due to the pandemic has posed an additional deterrent to access and continuity of education for children. Through the Pragati scholarship programme, we endeavour to encourage and inspire girls across our communities to continue their education, directly helping them and India to create better futures for all of us.”
Expressing his delight at the initiative, Soumitro Chakraborty, CEO of Fiinovation, said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has reversed some of the gains made towards ensuring universal access to primary education to all and has disproportionately affected girls’ education. This scholarship programme is a step taken in the right direction to avert the adverse effects of the pandemic. We are excited to have partnered with DP World for the Pragati scholarship programme for the girl child and we hope that we can scale and replicate it in other geographies as well.”
Along with financially supporting the female students, the programme will conduct awareness drives in the region to spread awareness among the communities regarding the importance of girl child education. A robust and supportive mentorship mechanism is also a part of the programme. The mentorship will be facilitated through the formation of learning units made up of peer groups that will benefit from mutual interactions.