According to UNICEF India an estimated 8.1 million children are out of school, majority of those belonging to the disadvantaged groups. In general high rates of female feticide prevail, along with high rates of violence against girls and women both domestic and on the streets and amongst the highest rates of child marriage in the world. Girls in India often feel unsafe, unequal and unwanted. Therefore continuous intervention and interaction is needed to empower girls and move towards a society where they are equal citizens.
Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) runs a network of schools and programs that cater to different groups in both rural and urban India, including girls, children with special needs, rural youth, and children outside the formal school system.