More than 2 million girls In India are Out of school while 53% girls between age group of 5-9 are illiterates with dropout rate of 58%. India loses a staggering $56 billion USD a year in potential earnings because of illiteracy among young women and Haryana is the worst hit where Female Literacy rate has dropped from 59.61% in 2001 to 56.91% in 2011 .
HPPI has established two Girls’ Bridge Education Centres in Rajasthan and Haryana with an aim to educate out of school girls of 9 to 14 years age and enrol them in the main stream education. The modalities of the Bridge Education Centres are designed to administer practical knowledge in girls related to their lives and social setup, besides the bridge education to mainstream them in the formal schools.
Three thrust areas of the program are:
- To educate out of school girls, mitigate gender disparity, prevent drop outs and provide skills training
- To provide grade appropriate education to girls and integrate them with mainstream education
- Provide In-service teacher training to ensure multi grade multi level, first generation girl learners are educated and mobilize the community and parents to ensure girls stay in school.
To support government’s educational initiatives like Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Beti Bachao Beti Padhao program which aim to counter dismal girl's education statistics, HPPI manages 12 girls’ bridge education schools in Mewat reaching out to 300 girls along with 11 girls’ centre across Chakkarpur, Dharuhera and Nathupur in Gurgaon for 275 girls
Guidelines of program include:
- Academic Support: Conduct every day classes to provide learning support to the children in gaining age appropriate knowledge and bridge gaps in learning.
- Convergence with mainstream education- The program assures that bridge classes and school facilities facilitate enrolment of girls in age appropriate grade in regular schools.
- Teaching methodology: The methodology is child centred and practice-oriented, including out of the classroom investigation and many other sustainable learning experiences.
- Community support: Counselling and sensitizing the community on gender issues to ensure that the girls don’t drop out of school.
One of the projects with wider outreach implemented by Humana People to People India (HPPI) in collaboration with corporate partners is ‘Ilam Mottukal’-a holistic learning enhancement programme to improve the quality of girl education in 81 Government schools at Ottapidaram & Thoothukudi Blocks of Thoothukudi (Tuticorin) District in Tamil Nadu.
The project aims to improve learning outcome of about 8000 girls from grade I to VIII each year along with empowering and elevating the quality of 245 teachers in its 3 year project term. Administering and assisting government’s efforts to provide quality education, HPPI’s programme dovetails with local education system and nurtures all the critical stakeholders of the education system: the school, the teachers, the students, the community and the state government.