Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav Campaign

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

  • On January 22, 2015, the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao scheme was launched by the Central government.
  • It is a tri-ministerial effort of the Ministries of Women and Child Development, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Ministry of Human Resource Development (now Ministry of Education)
  • The aims of the scheme include:
    • To prevent gender biased sex selective elimination
    • To ensure survival and protection of the girl child
    • To ensure education and participation of the girl child

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

  • The first National Policy on Education was formulated in 1986.
  • Important features of the NEP include:
    • Ensuring universal access at all levels of schooling from pre-primary school to Grade 12
    • Setting up a new curricular and pedagogical structure (5+3+3+4)
    • Increasing GER in higher education to 50%
    • Setting up National Mission on Foundational Literacy and Numeracy
    • Establishing a new National Assessment Centre, PARAKH (Performance Assessment, Review, and Analysis of Knowledge for Holistic Development)
    • Achieving 100% youth and adult literacy
    • Establishing National Research Foundation(NRF)
    • A separate Gender Inclusion fund and Special Education Zones for disadvantaged regions and groups

To further read about National Education Policy, visit the linked article.

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