In 2013, EGG expanded its school reform model into secondary education, partnering with the Uttarakhand Ministry of Education in India, to increase the enrollment of adolescent girls in grades 9-12. A two-year pilot program was launched in 2013 in 50 schools serving 22.000 girls. At its completion, EGG was asked to add a second district with 50 more schools, thereby increasing the number of girls served to nearly 35,000. The first district is now in a three-year sustainability phase, as EGG continues to mentor school leaders and monitor the project. Read the monthly program summaries to learn about key activities and achievements at the EGG project schools.
March 2016 Summary
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Educate to Empower
In March, EGG’s programs and activities in the schools were at a reduced level because it was an exam month for students and also the end of the financial year. However, EGG’s activities with the community in the villages were in full swing with a total of 156 Gram Shiksha Sabha (GSS) village education meetings. The Udahm Singh Nagar (USN) and Haridwar (HRW) districts held 53 and 103 meetings, respectively. Altogether, throughout March, more than 4,000 men and women participated in the GSS village meetings organized by EGG. Nearly 2000 out-of-school and dropout girls were identified during these meetings. Read more about the impact of the GSS meetings.
Udham Singh Nagar: Sustainability Project (May 2015 to April 2018)
- 53 Gram Shiksha Sabha meetings were organized in which more than 1,000 people participated (939 women and 155 men).
- A total of 272 girls in March were identified as dropouts. The majority (71%) were between the ages of 14 to 18. Most of the community people who participated in GSS meetings agreed to re-enroll their children back to school in the month of April.
- School Management Committees (SMCs) were conducted in two project schools -at GHS Bichwa and GHS Pantpura. In GHS Bichwa, girls’ toilets will be refurbished with dustbins and a renovation will take place without obstructing student schedules. In GHS Pantpura, public relations and communications with parents to ensure timely enrollment of children in the new session was discussed and there was an expectation of better board exam results compared to last year.
- School staff and parents focused on improving communications to ensure timely enrollment of children and better information on government policies for education and possible economic support.
Haridwar: Two-Year Pilot Program (May 2015 to April 2017)
- 103 Gram Shiksha Sabha meetings were organized with over 3,000 participants covering 103 villages (2,973 women and 141 men). Increased participation by men is imperative since the decision-making power typically lies with the men around this area.
- Some positive ideas were shared about education including: “We observed that educated people are far ahead in every prospects. They have good reputation in their family, society, and village. They are self-dependent.”
- Negative views were expressed about continuing education at higher grade levels, i.e. 10th and 12th grade because schools are far from the village. Girls are concerned about safety and vulnerable to sexual assault and, rape.
- One young woman shared an inspiring story of how she fought for her education despite her parents’ objection and eventually became a Child Development Program Officer. All her family members are now proud of her.