Girls Education Program
Promotion of Girls Education - Mainstreaming of drop out girls from schools into formal education system in rural areas of Tikamgarh district

Mahila Chetna Manch has been working towards bringing back drop out girls from schools into formal education system with the support of Room to Read India Trust to support 37 drop out girls (2 in primary school, 20 in middle school and 15 in high school) in Tikamgarh district by providing them access to quality education and self-development opportunities. For last two years MCM is also supporting 50 school based girl scholars in the same area.

MCM supported in all 87 girls of primary, middle school and high school by providing them with books and stationery, coaching and mentoring support to help in improving their competency level in different subjects. Medical checkup and exposure visits were also organised.

The tutors engaged for the purpose were trained for lesson planning, development and use of teaching and learning materials, language use in the class room and interaction with a focus on activity based participatory learning process to make the learning enjoyable and interesting for these girls at the tuition centres.

Life skill training programme were organised for these girls to impart decision making skills. They are now aware of their psychological, health and sanitation needs. Now they have started participating in their family discussions. Participation of girls in extra curricular activities like science fair, sports and celebration of national festivals such as Republic day, Independence day, Teachers day, Women’s day, Children’s day and Girls child day in school/tuition centres has increased. Now tuition centre are a vibrant place for them. Peer support for the scholars was enlisted through groups of school going girls. Regular home visits to counsel parents about their support and to appraise them of the progress of their wards were undertaken by the social mobiliser. Community and SMC were involved to support the education of girl children in their area to facilitate attendance of girls in school and monitor their progress, thus building community ownership of the programme.

Sustained efforts of the Room to Read team and Mahila Chetna Manch in maintianing close relationship with parents, school teachers and community leaders has developed a girls friendly and environment in the community, in school and in family which was reflected in increased attendance of girls in schools and cases of early marriages are also less. Nachanwara village makes a history when three girls of the programme passed out high school examination for the first time. This trend in the backward society of Bundelkhand region is encouraging.

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