Join the Fight Against Child Marriage, Keep Girls in School
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”
According to UNICEF, India has the highest number of child brides in the world. Of the country’s 223 million child brides, 102 million were married before turning 15. A higher proportion of child brides are found among those with little or no education. Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that Indian girls stay in school.
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Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalyas (KGBVs) were created in 2004 to provide education to minority girls in India. They are intended to provide access to quality education to girls from disadvantaged groups by setting up residential schools for 6th to 8th grade students.
The scheme has been implemented in 27 states/UTs and 3609 KGBVs by the Government of India. There are 4.5 lakhs girls enrolled in these schools set up in 460 districts.
Though the KGBVs were established with a vision of providing quality education to girls, they have been largely neglected since their conception. There is a huge lack of funding and resources for these schools.The problems faced by the school include but are not limited to the following:
- Most of the girls drop out after finishing KGBVs and get married at a very early age.
- Serious efforts to bring in girls with special needs have not been made.
- There is a lack of need based teacher professional development in the schools.
- The schools exist in isolation and the voices of school community do not get heard.
What SwaTaleem Does
SwaTaleem Foundation, established in 2018, works to provide the quality education that every child deserves. Ensuring societal equality and justice is essential to our vision.
How SwaTaleem Does It
- At the School level: school communities comprising of teachers, female students, and government officials who choose an educational challenge are developed. We then co-create a curriculum around these problems equipped with socio-emotional skills and train the teachers. They in turn conduct these activities in their classrooms, and we provide on site school support and offer dynamic feedback for growth.
- At the Cluster level: SwaTaleem creates knowledge centers with 4-5 schools called clusters. The teachers, female leaders, and administrative officials within a district work together to transform their cluster. Imagine these to be connected in a district, in a state, and in a country where they come together to exchange best practice and solve problems in a collaborative manner.
- We successfully completed our pilot program at KGBV Jalmana, Panipat last year which led to 5 year partnership with Haryana government to further expand our work with 31 KGBVs across Haryana.
- Right now we are working with 900 girls, 30 teachers across 6 KGBVs (5 in Mewat and 1 in Panipat).
- For the case study based on our work in Panipat, we received the Sarla Devi Maheshwari Award and our Co-Founder, Ananya Tiwari received Life Paths Promising Advocate award.