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The picture displays a beautiful poem about a “free bird” written by Harshita Joshi studying in Class VIII, KGBV, Kirap Village, Ajmer (Rajasthan).
It was recently published in her school magazine published by Save the Children to encourage children’s creativity.
The activity is part of Save the Children's initiative to support 12 KGBVs (Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas - Govt. Residential Schools for girls) in Rajasthan and Jharkhand. Under the project, we are providing special educational support to girls from low caste and tribal backgrounds.
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) have been set up by the Government with the aim of providing special educational support to girls from low caste and tribal backgrounds. However, these schools often do not provide quality education that the girls deserve and need.
As KGBV teachers do not currently have the necessary skills or resources to respond to individual learning needs of their diverse students, many girls are excluded from meaningful learning. Beyond the immediate context of the school, there is a larger socio-cultural issue of female disempowerment.
In light of the significant obstacles that marginalised rural girls face and the disempowerment that they experience, Save the Children worked with KGBV students to make them aware of their rights and entitlements, conducted life skills training to build their confidence, leadership skills and knowledge of positive health and hygiene practices, equipped them to monitor and report on the quality of the services they are provided, and take collective action when needed.
The key achievements of the programme are: