My Abhinandan Educational And Welfare Society

The Importance of Girl Child Education and the Government Initiatives in India

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Education is a fundamental right of every child, regardless of gender, caste, religion, or socio-economic status. It empowers children to develop their potential and contribute to the development of their society. Education also enables children to acquire life skills, such as critical thinking, communication, problem-solving, and decision-making, essential for their personal and professional growth.

However, in India, millions of girls are denied their right to education due to various barriers, such as poverty, gender discrimination, child marriage, violence, and lack of infrastructure and quality teachers. According to the 2011 census, the literacy rate of females in India was 65.46%, compared to 82.14% for males, with a gender gap in literacy of 16.68 percentage points, indicating a wide disparity in educational opportunities and outcomes for girls and boys.

The lack of education for girls has serious consequences for their health, well-being, and future prospects. Uneducated girls are more likely to marry early, have more children, face domestic violence, and suffer from malnutrition and diseases. They are also less likely to participate in the economic, social, and political spheres of their society, and have less voice and agency in their own lives.

Therefore, it is imperative to promote girl child education in India, not only as a matter of justice and equality but also as a key driver of development and progress. Educating girls can transform their lives, as well as the lives of their families, communities, and countries. Educated girls are more likely to delay marriage and childbirth, have fewer and healthier children, earn higher incomes, and invest in their children’s education. They can also challenge gender stereotypes and norms, becoming leaders and agents of change in their society.

Top Five Education Schemes for Girl Child in India

Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) Scheme:

  • Launched in 2015, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Save the Girl Child, Educate the Girl Child) is a flagship scheme aimed at addressing the declining child sex ratio and promoting the education of the girl child. The scheme focuses on districts with a low child sex ratio, providing financial assistance for the education and health of the girl child. Implemented in a convergent and collaborative manner with the State Governments/UTs and other relevant Ministries/Departments and stakeholders, the scheme has several components, including creating awareness and public mobilization, strengthening the function and delivery of ICDS, strengthening schools and education, and enabling girls’ education.

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY):

  • Launched in 2015, Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (Girl Child Prosperity Scheme) is a small deposit scheme for the girl child. The scheme allows parents to open a savings account in the name of the girl child and provides a high-interest rate of 7.6%. The money can be withdrawn when the girl child turns 18 for her education or marriage. The scheme is available for girl children below the age of 10 years, and the account can be opened in any post office or authorized bank branch by the legal guardian of the girl child.

Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) Scheme:

  • Launched in 2004 to provide education to girls from disadvantaged sections of society, this scheme involves setting up residential schools for girls in areas with low female literacy rates. The schools provide education up to the 8th standard and hostel facilities. Aimed at providing educational facilities to girls belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, minority communities, and families below the poverty line in difficult areas, the scheme is implemented through the State Governments/UTs, with KGBVs run and managed by them. The scheme provides a one-time grant of Rs. 5 lakhs to set up the school and a recurring grant of Rs. 1.5 lakhs per annum for running the school.

CBSE Udaan Scheme:

  • Launched in 2014, the CBSE Udaan Scheme is a comprehensive mentoring and scholarship program for girl students of Class 11 and 12 aspiring to pursue higher education in engineering and technology. The scheme provides free online and offline coaching, study material, mock tests, and mentoring to selected girl students from across the country. Additionally, it offers financial assistance to cover tuition fees and other expenses for girl students qualifying for admission in engineering colleges. The scheme aims to enhance the enrollment of girl students in engineering and technology courses and reduce the gender gap in these fields.

National Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Girls:

  • Launched in 2018, the National Scholarship for Higher Education of ST Girls is a scholarship scheme for girl students belonging to Scheduled Tribes, who have passed Class 12 and are pursuing higher education in any stream. The scheme provides a scholarship of Rs. 3000 per month for a maximum period of five years or until the completion of the course, whichever is earlier. The scheme aims to encourage and support girl students from ST communities to pursue higher education and enhance their employability and empowerment.

How My Abhinandan NGO Supports Girl Child Education

My Abhinandan is a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the empowerment of children, women, and the environment in India. Among its primary focus areas is girl child education, recognizing that educating girls is pivotal to breaking the cycle of poverty and inequality. My Abhinandan NGO supports girl child education through a range of initiatives, including providing scholarships, mentoring, skill development, career guidance, and awareness campaigns.

The Skill Development NGO collaborates closely with schools, communities, and various stakeholders to establish a conducive and safe environment for girls to pursue their education. Through these efforts, My Abhinandan has successfully assisted thousands of girls from low-income backgrounds, enabling them to access and complete their education, thereby helping them realize their dreams.

Conclusion

Girl child education is a crucial issue that needs urgent attention and action from all stakeholders, including the government, civil society, private sector, and the community. Educating girls can have a positive impact on their lives, as well as on the overall development of the country. Therefore, it is important to create an enabling environment for girls to access and complete their education, and to provide them with adequate opportunities and support to fulfil their aspirations and potential. The government schemes and programs for girl child education are a step in the right direction, but they need to be implemented effectively and monitored regularly to ensure their impact and sustainability. Moreover, there is a need to create awareness and sensitization among the parents, teachers, and society about the importance and benefits of girl child education, and to challenge and change the patriarchal and discriminatory attitudes and practices that hinder the progress of girls. Only then can we achieve the goal of gender equality and empowerment of girls through education.

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