On the eve of International Women’s Day (8th March), the Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav Campaign was launched by the Ministry of Women And Child Development in partnership with the Ministry of Education and UNICEF. The main objective of the campaign is to bring back out-of-school adolescent girls to the formal education stream.
The campaign is significant as it focuses on various dimensions of social development like education, gender equality, and girl empowerment. This becomes important for the Prelims as well as Mains (GS 1, 2, Essay) of the IAS Exam.
Implementation of the Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav Campaign
The campaign will be rolled out under the umbrella of the Ministry of Women and Child Development’s BBBP programme by targeting more than 400,000 out-of-school adolescent girls as primary beneficiaries.
More than 400 districts will be funded under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme to sensitise communities and families at grassroot level to enrol adolescent girls in schools, over and above the funding from Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan and the Anganwadi workers (AWWs). SSA and AWWs will be provided more incentives for counselling and referring out of school adolescent girls.
Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme
Read more about Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme in the linked article.
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Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG)
A few important facts about SAG are given below:
- It was sanctioned in 2010
- It is implemented by the Ministry of Women and Child Development under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)
- Target Group: Out-of-school adolescent girls (AGs) in the age group of 11 to 14 years
- The scheme aims to:
- Facilitate, empower and educate the AG’s
- Improve the nutrition and health status of adolescent girls
- Support out-of-school AG to successfully transition back to formal schooling or bridge learning / skill training
Objectives of the Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav Scheme
The programme aims to:
- Increase enrolment and retention of girls between 11-14 years of age in school
- Build on the already existing programmes launched by the government like Scheme for Adolescent Girls (SAG), Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) and National Education Policy (NEP) and work on a comprehensive system for out-of-school girls across the country.
About National Education Policy (NEP) 2020
To further read about National Education Policy, visit the linked article.
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