||Sector investment Project
||European Commission, Department of health government of U.P.
||Department of Agriculture Government of U.P
||Kaushal Vridhi Yojna
||Department of Social Welfare Govt.Of U.P
||Ministry of Environment & Forests Government of India & SES
||(Operation Jal Mitra) POUZN Safe Drinking Water
||AED & PANI
||ERW(Empowering Rural Women )
||SIR DORABJI TATA TRUST (SDTT)
||Outsourcing Of computer Operator (BRGF) Panchyat Raj Department Govt. of U.P
||2011 –On going
||(BRGF)Backword Region Grant Fund , Panchyat Raj Department Govt. of U.P
||Training Of Siksha Mitra Under Sarve Siksha Abhiyan
||Panchyat Raj Department Govt. of
Back To School…towards a better future
With special focus on girl children
In the year 2009, SSS initiated a highly focused program to address the issue of gender inequality by implementing the ‘Back To School Program’ . The main theme of the program is to create awareness around the girl child’s right to education along with other rights that are equal to that of a male sibling. Our humble beginning involved speaking to parents about enrolling their daughters in primary schools. While a common viewpoint may be that in most cases parents resist enrolling girl child to school due to social environment, a recent research in this area indicates that parents’ resistance on its own is not always the most important factor behind low figures of girl child enrolments and completion of schooling. Studies have shown that while parents understand the importance of education for girls in the changing world, their desire to send their daughters to school is often repressed by variables such as cost of education, abuse risks, and safety concerns for the daughters.
Global statistics reveal that 75% of the 130 million children who are out of school are girls. Illiterate girls grow up to be illiterate women. This results in lopsided development as it denies equal opportunities to equal citizens. Education is a basic right and more importantly a catalyst for economic growth and human development. It is a crucial tool for breaking the barrier of poverty. Specifically, primary education is the critical enabler required to improve the economic and social scenario in many pockets of the nation.
According to Article Twenty-Six of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. (CAG) Report says that 40 percent (1.36 crore out of 3.40 crore) children in the age group 6-14 years, in India are still out of school. It is hard to escape the fact that in urban India only 66.3 percent girls complete education as opposed to 80.3 percent boys. Education is a child’s basic and fundamental right. Failure to access proper education deprives children of the means to secure their other rights. Wide spread poverty and discriminatory cultural practices combine to place children, specially the girl child at a serious disadvantage that starts at conception and extends throughout her life. Gender disparity is reflected in all areas of deprivation from education, nutrition, food, sanitation facilities, or safe drinking water, to shelter and information. The problem is further compounded by class, caste, gender and religious discriminations.
Education has a crucial role to play in breaking the cycle of female disadvantage. It provides skills to enhance capabilities and serves as a catalyst for emancipator struggles. Education is a way of bringing about attitudinal changes and should also be used as a way of simultaneously preparing boys to accept girls as equals.
Education for girl child has long term economic implications for the nation. It is important to understand that increasing the number of girls in schools, and thereby increasing the number of literate adult women, has a positive effect on both economic growth and social well being.
Girls and boys have the same right to quality education but gender gaps reveal that more girls than boys are out of school. The enrollment figures for girls are comparatively lower than those for boys. The social and economic value of educating girls is not recognized. Literacy rates for women continue to be lower than that for men.
Lack of education keeps girl children at a disadvantage throughout their lives. They are discriminated against and exploited. Education not only makes them more productive human beings but also increases their self confidence and makes them more capable of standing up for their own rights.
Obstacles to full school enrollment
- ۞ Physical and social (e.g. girls’ restricted freedom of movement), distance to School.
- ۞ Discrimination (e.g. based on sex, race, ethnicity, religion, caste, class).
- ۞ Burden of household chores on girls in the family home.
- ۞ Burden faced by children combining work and school.
Goal of Program
To increase girl’s enrollment in school
The program aims to get girls to school by creating an enabling environment and advocating with key decision makers to give impetus to girl child’s education.
- ۞ Coalition formation: forming a network to focus on and promote the right to Education for the Girl Child
- ۞ Enrollment/Retention: Increasing enrollment of girls in schools and ensuring that they do not drop out.
- ۞ To ascertain the percentage of girl children not in school.
- ۞ To examine reasons why girl children never enrolled or dropped out.
- ۞ To determine by percentage, the gender gap in the out-of-school children.
- ۞ Awareness generation amongst the families in the community, to send their daughters to school.
- ۞ Lobbying with government agencies, policy planners and other relevant departments to bring about positive changes through sharing of program findings.
- ۞ Capacity Building of all partners involved in the process, ranging from teachers, NGOs and the girl children themselves.
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