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  • Jyothi Kumar, a beneficiary of AKF's adolescent girls empowerment programme, at the learning resource centre in Patna.
    AKDN / Christopher Wilton-Steer
Aga Khan Foundation
Empowering and improving the Quality of Life of out-of-school adolescent girls

Jyothi Kumari, 15 years old, is full of energy and always ready to help her friends and family.  She re-started her education after enrolling for a scholastic training course offered at the Project Lehar Laksh centre where she is diligently preparing for her Class 10 exams.  Jyothi aspires to become a teacher so that she can help other students get an education.

Project Lehar enables girls from marginalised communities living in the Phulwarisharief and Danapur areas of Patna to pursue either scholastic or vocational skills training.  The scholastic support being provided in centres established by AKF aims to build the girls’ learning levels so that they can either re-join formal schooling or prepare for their Class 10 Board examinations.  Vocational skills training is also provided at AKF’s centres where girls are trained in skills that are in high demand and will enable them to earn a better income and gain financial independence.

Cutting across both the scholastic and vocational skills courses is life skills training which helps the girls build their confidence and understanding of how to successfully overcome the challenges they face in their day-to-day lives.