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Australia announces additional funding for project for girls

IANS  |  Sydney 

The has announced additional financial aid to a project working for women and girls in India, and

The Commonwealth of Learning's (COL) project "Reaching the Unreached" (RtU) is aimed at providing and training to 40,000 women and girls who cannot attend school in remote and disadvantaged communities due to early marriage and cultural norms in these countries.

With the additional funds, the project will now reach more women and girls to provide secondary schooling and skills development training through open and distance learning, COL said in a statement on Tuesday.

The announcement was made by the during the Global Citizen Live, an event related to the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in

In India, the RtU project covers 150 villages in the Satara district of These communities were selected because of dropout rates arising from migration, poverty and long distances to school.

According to a 2017 Baseline-Endline Report, 25,284 women and girls in these communities throughout India, and Pakistan, completed life skills and vocational skills training, with 4,724 successfully moving into income-generating activities.



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First Published: Wed, April 25 2018. 19:00 IST