Kanya Kelavani Mahotsav

Kanya Kelavani Mahotsav

The Educated Girl Child Initiative was born out of a painful distress call as Women’s Education in Gujarat in 2001 stood on 20th Position with Literacy rate among Female with 48.1%. Hon’ble CM joined hands with all Government officers – IAS, IPS and other beauracrats, in a massive ‘Kanya Kelavani Rath’ and turned into a massive movement to face the challenge and as a result, 100% enrollment and reduction in the dropout rate from 40% to 2.29% is achieved. It foresees a vision 2010 that, when Gujarat celebrates its golden Jubilee, there should be a zero – ‘0’ percent dropout rate in Gujarat (Literally No Drop Outs).

And now Women’s Education in Gujarat in 2011 stood on 6th Position with Literacy rate among Female with 57.8%. It is the biggest achievement of ‘Kanya Kelavani Campaign’.

Girl Child Education program is initiated in villages across Gujarat. It covers almost 18,000 villages esp. where the literacy rate is below 20 percent and focus on identified suburbs of the urban areas to spread the message of education. The Government further envisage the Initiative to road ahead of success by making Jyoti-Gram and Broadband connectivity available in all villages. Also, Education would be one of the major sector in the Gram Mitra Yojna comprising of 5 Gram Mitra departments viz. Agriculture, Health, Education, Vikas (Development) and Human Development. (Gram Mitra Yojna is aimed to provide a boost to the social and economic structure of villages).

This year in 2011 Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will himself lead Team Gujarat to cover select 32,772 primary schools in all the 18,000 villages, 151 municipalities and eight municipal corporations during the 9th Kanya Kelavni Yatra (Girls’ Education) and Shala Praveshotsav Abhiyan (School Enrolment Movement) They will be held in two phases from June 16 to 18 in rural areas and from June 23 to 24, 2011 in urban areas.

Chief Minister Narendra Modi will himself lead Team Gujarat. Others include the entire Council of Ministers, Member of Parliaments and all Secretaries,  besides other officers and people’s representatives. The Gujarat Team to be divided into small groups of five, as each group will fan out to entire state, visiting five schools daily during the six-day movement.

The twin movements which entered the seventh year have already started paying dividends in the form of higher enrolment, greater spread of education among girl child and qualitative improvement, as per the comparative figures of Census 2001 and 2011 reports.

Gujarat Government focus on role of Education in Poverty Eradication and the campaign is aimed at ensuring maximum enrollment of boys and girls in primary schools all across the state. To encourage Girl Child Education, Vidhyalaxmi Bonds are entrusted among areas with low literacy rates, below 35 percent among women and this serve as an incentive to poor parents to send their daughters to schools.

Education is power and the government is all set to transform the villages to illuminate with knowledge – information and awareness to bring a change in socio-economic drawbacks.

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