‘Kanya Shikhsa Pravesh Utsav’

Kanya Shiksha Pravesh Utsav is a campaign to bring out-of-school adolescent Indian girls back into the formal education and skilling system.

About the launch event

  • The campaign was launched on the eve of International Women’s Day (8th March 2022) by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
  • The launch event was attended by the Union Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani, National and State Secretaries from the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Ministry of Education, and other representatives from all across the country. Many adolescent girls also participated in the launch event and shared their experiences of reintegrating into school.
  • At the end of the event all dignitaries signed the wall of pledge ‘Sankalp ki Deewar’ to mark the occasion as a promise that no girl is deprived of formal education.

About the campaign

  • The campaign aims to increase the enrolment and retention of the number of adolescent girls (girls aged 11 to 14) in school. The campaign builds on existing schemes for girls such as BetiBachaoBetiPadhao (BBBP), National Education Policy (NEP), Scheme For Adolescent Girls (SAG), etc.
  • The campaign will be implemented as part of the Ministry of Women and Child Development’s BetiBachaoBetiPadhao (BBBP) project. Government aims to fund 400 districts across all states under the BBBP Scheme to sensitize families to enroll adolescent girls in schools.
  • Funds under Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan will also be utilized for the campaign. Also, Anganwadi workers (AWWs) will be incentivized for referring out-of-school girls.

Due to the COVID crisis, many girls were pushed out of formal education. It is crucial to bring back such girls into the formal education system to meet the sustainable development goals (SDG).

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