The progressive steps taken by the Indian Government for the betterment of Indian education, especially for female education, have been acknowledged universally now! Recently, while speaking at a Special Event at the World Bank, Michelle Obama, the first lady of the United States of America has praised the steps taken by India to educate and empower girl students through various programmes that break down the cultural barriers.
During the event, the World Bank announced $ 2.5 billion in support of adolescent girls’ education over the next five years.
The Indian Government has initiated many steps including “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” towards education and empowerment of girls in the country. India’s National Campaign for Secondary Education aims to make quality education for adolescent girls accessible and affordable, by:
- Enhancing enrolment by providing a secondary school within a reasonable distance
- Improving quality of education by ensuring compliance to prescribed norms and removal of gender, social-economic and disability barriers
- National incentive scheme that gifts money to young women from disadvantaged backgrounds, when they turn 18 and have passed their 10th grade exams.As a result of these steps, enrollment of girls has improved from 58.70% to 78.94% , in the last 5 years. The Indian Government further aims to achieve 90% enrollment of girls, by 2017, and universal retention by 2020.