Union government on Monday launched Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav to bring out-of-school girls back to the education system, a senior official said.
Women and Child Development Secretary Indevar Pandey said as of now, only four lakh out-of-school adolescent girls are visiting the anganwadis for nutrition, nutrition education and skilling.
Addressing an event, Mr Pandey said the Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav is being launched by the Women and Child Development Ministry in partnership with the Education Ministry of Union Government.
Bringing out-of-school girls back to the education system has been the target since the Right to Education Act was promulgated, he said.
The officer expressed hope of “reaching a position within a short time where we will be able to put out-of-school girls into formal schooling system”.
“The focus is all boys and girls get quality education. We are making constant efforts to ensure no child, especially girls, are deprived of their right to education,” he said.
Union Government’s Scheme Driven By Anganwadi System
The Union Government is are drawing a programme for out-of-school adolescent girls which will be driven by the Anganwadi system in close partnerships with education officers at district and block levels.
“The need has arisen because the Scheme For Adolescent Girls (SAG), which initially took care of out-of-school girls, was getting less traction,” he said.
Mr Pandey said in 2018-19 there were 11.88 lakh girls which were beneficiaries under the SAG scheme and the number drastically came down to 5.03 lakh in 2021.
“In our new scheme under Poshan 2 and Saksham Anganwadi, we will be only taking up girls in the age group of 14-18 years. Girls aged 11-14 years will not be coming in the Anganwadi system in new schooling that will also take care only of the northeastern states and all our aspirational districts,” he added.