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PRAGATI- a scholarship programme for girl child education

May, 2022: DP World has partnered with the not-for-profit implementation arm of Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt Ltd. (Fiinovation) for the implementation of Pragati, a girl child education scholarship programme, to be undertaken in Mundra, Gujarat. ‘Pragati’ aims to provide scholarships to 120 girls residing in the targeted region giving them an opportunity to further their education. The scholarship will be awarded to cover the education related expenses for every academic year till class 12th (i.e. academic year 2022-23, 23-24 and 24-25).

As part of the strategic partnership, Innovative Financial Advisors’ not-for-profit arm will monitor the project implementation on ground, and efficiently manage the community mobilization and outreach with the help of its local community based non-profit partner, Saath Livelihood Services. Saath has been closely working to uplift underprivileged communities for many years.

Rizwan Soomar, CEO and Managing Director, DP World Subcontinent, “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.”


Dr Soumitro Chakraborty, CEO of Innovative Financial Advisors Pvt Ltd, expressed his delight about the programme and 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 are able to scale and replicate it in other geographies as well.”

The programme will focus on conducting awareness drives in the targeted regions to sensitize the local communities about the importance of girl child education. The project also encapsulates within its objective, creation of a robust and supportive mentorship mechanism. This will be facilitated through creation of peer groups that will act as learning units and give the beneficiaries the opportunity to interact with each other.

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