A Remote Jharkhand Village Now Has a Wikipedia Page. Thanks to a Group of School Girls


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Rural girls from YUWA school of Jharkhand are now using technology to learn more about the world. And as a first step towards this, they have created a Wikipedia page of their small village.

In a state where six out of 10 girls drop out of school and are forced into early marriage, this small village is quickly moving forward to demand and achieve the right to education for them.

Young school girls of Hutup village in Jharkhand have created an active Wikipedia page about their village.

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Hutup Yuwa School

Source: Wikipedia

In a bid to combine education with technology, YUWA – a Jharkhand based NGO, which is using football to bring positive change in the lives of girls there, has launched a campaign called “Pitch To Her”.

Pitch To Her invites tech enthusiasts in India to solve real world issues using technology and to propose interesting ideas to improve the lives of rural girls in Hutup. As part of the project, YUWA thought of putting Hutup on the map of India as an interesting way to introduce the girls to Wikipedia.

The Wikipedia page has all details about the village including education, hospitals, sports, religion and much more. Photos of prominent buildings in the village have also been made available on the page.

Girls at YUWA

Source: www.pitchtoher.com

The campaign will come to an end in second week of September. After the launch of the campaign, regular computer classes have also been started for the girls at the school run by YUWA.

In addition to this, the NGO also brought the girls into limelight through sports. YUWA girls had bagged the bronze medal at the Gasteiz Cup in Spain in 2013. They were invited to participate in the USA Cup match too.

The NGO encourages older girls to act as mentors for younger girls.

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Source: www.pitchtoher.com

In a village where most girls drop out of schools at an early age, these girls are setting an excellent example of being self-dependent. They are able to pay their own school fees from the money they earn through mentoring.

The campaign has already impacted 200 girls so far and in future, YUWA plans to start a residential centre for the girls in Jharkhand which will act as a hub for leadership training, academic excellence and football.

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