A report by the Population Council, a MacArthur grantee, explores the role of family and community in ensuring female students' successful transition from primary to secondary education in India. Report authors surveyed adolescent girls regarding their experiences related to education, and found that while most girls displayed aspirations about completing secondary education, societal pressures and lack of familial encouragement hindered their participation. The research attributed girls' poor class attendance largely to domestic chores, family responsibilities, and engagement in paid or unpaid work, and found that families are more supportive of secondary education for boys than for girls.
Girls' Secondary Education in Developing Countries
Grantmaking seeks to identify, test, and develop innovations in secondary education in developing countries that can spur systemic change and improve economically marginalized girls’ demand for, access to, and retention in quality secondary level education.