New Delhi, March 7
The Union government on Monday launched Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav to bring girls out of school back into the education system, a senior official said.
Secretary for Women and Child Development, Indevar Pandey, said that currently only four lakh out-of-school adolescent girls visit anganwadis for nutrition, nutrition education and skills.
Addressing an event, Pandey said the Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav is launched by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
Bringing out-of-school girls back into the education system has been the goal since the enactment of the Right to Education Act, he said. The officer expressed the hope “to reach a position in a short period of time where we can put out-of-school girls into the formal school system.”
“The goal is for all boys and girls to receive a quality education. We make constant efforts to ensure that no child, especially girls, is deprived of their right to education,” he said. -he declares.
“We are developing a program for out-of-school adolescent girls which will be piloted by the Anganwadi system in close partnership with education officials at district and block levels.
“The need arose because the program for adolescent girls (SAG), which initially catered for out-of-school girls, was less successful,” he said.
Pandey said that in 2018-2019, 11.88 lakh girls were beneficiaries of the SAG scheme and the number dropped considerably to 5.03 lakh in 2021.
“In our new program under Poshan 2 and Saksham Anganwadi, we will only accommodate girls aged 14 to 18. Girls aged 11 to 14 will not enter the Anganwadi system in a new schooling which will also take no we only care about the northeastern states and all of our aspirational districts,” he added.