Nanhi Kali - The Class Teacher Nestle + Times Power of Print
India is haunted by a long past of suppression of girls and womankind. They continue to be suppressed domestically as well as communally and this traces back to when they were girls, deprived of the fundamental right to education. Owing to a lack of means and inclination, traditionally, the country has favoured only boys for education.
In an attempt to spread awareness for this critical issue of girl child education in India, the campaign established the positive relationship between female education and overall development outcomes of a community. It’s often heard, ‘if you educate a man, you educate one person. But, when you educate a girl, you educate the whole nation.’ Educating girls and women is especially effective because when we educate them, the benefits are felt throughout the whole community. Education for a girl child is almost a magic multiplier in the development equation.
The idea was to bring alive the famous quote - ‘If you teach a boy, you educate an individual; teach a girl and you educate the entire community.'
The device of a class photograph has been used to illustrate the fact that when a girl child is educated, she also helps educate the rest of her family and community. So in the photograph, the place of the teacher is taken by a girl wearing a school uniform, and her ‘students’ are the members of her family.