Maria Antonieta Alva Luperdi
Pratham, India June 2 - August 10, 2013
Maria Antonieta joined the team at Pratham that carried out two studies regarding the access to post-primary educational opportunities for girls in India. In states such as Rajasthan, almost one out of every three girls between the ages of 15-16 is out of school. As part of her duties, Maria Antonieta reviewed the available literature to identify successful instances of increasing the access of girls to post-primary education, analyzed the existing data on participation and educational attainments of girls in India, and designed and piloted possible tools for collecting additional data. Through her research, new evidence regarding the gender gap in the access to education in India was generated. This evidence helped to better develop policy and planning in India, and provided inputs for the design of effective programs.