In the course of the work done with the teachers and students of the 38 KGBVs, it has been noticed that circumstances of some girls make them extremely vulnerable making them liable to early marriage or trafficking. In this way, all the efforts made to empower the girls in the KGBVs get wasted in such cases when girls after completing Class 8 are once again exposed to the risk of early marriage and denied the opportunity of standing on their own feet as independent young girls. Their vulnerability is further at risk by the lack of adequate social protection services/systems. As there has been no systematic effort to understand the vulnerability of girls in KGBVs, it is proposed to undertake a vulnerability mapping. Based on this, some effort could be made to deal with individual cases identified in the KGBVs depending on their situation and needs.
A two day training for 8 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya(KGBV) was conducted at Varanasi. The training aimed at equipping teachers to develop scripts, train students in performance arts and staging a full scale productions. The program will stage 8 KGBV productions at the school and 3 finalist will get the opportunity to stage their productions on International Day of the Girl Child, October 11, 2013 at Lucknow.
Study Hall Educational Foundation (SHEF) collaborated with UNICEF, UP to conduct Community Mobilization Training for the teachers from the 38 KGBVs in Mirzapur, Jaunpur and Sonbhadra. The focus of the training was to motivate and equip the teachers with the methods of engaging effectively with the community such that they be become allies in the empowerment of their daughters.
The trainings were organized in Varanasi and Mirzapur and were attended by 57 KGBV teachers and 63 participants from Child Welfare Committee (CWC), local non-profits and Police department. All the participants were given a toolkit by SHEF consisting of a Teacher’s Guide, Posters explaining laws related to crimes against children and DVDs of Critical Dialogues.
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