Kishori Shiksha Program (KSP)
END POVERTY'S Kishori Shiksha Program (KSP) for adolescent girls aims at making literate in a sustainable way the adolescent girls who will soon be married and forever lose the chance of becoming literate.
KSP provides literacy, numeracy, reading, and expressive skills along with vocational, health, environment and awareness training to girls. KSP is being implemented in Tijara block of Alwar district of Rajasthan.
KSP is 12 months, in-house designed holistic literacy program for adolescent girls who have not been educated in regular schools which adolescent girls attend for 3 hours a day, 6 days a week taking account of festivals and harvesting requirements.
The KSP program is run in village or hamlets based centers, for 25-30 girls each, using locally recruited women with a minimum of Grade 10 education as teachers. Training and support are provided to these teachers for the duration including induction training, adolescent psychology, teaching methods, evaluating students, etc. Teachers are trained to use creative teaching methods that make learning fun and be linked to local cultural conditions.
The aim of KSP is to make each girl confident, have enhanced self-esteem be able to express herself by having the ability to read & write. The literacy imparted and acquisition of literacy, numeracy, and basic education provides them a better understanding of life, makes resources accessible, making them better prepared to take care of themselves & others.
EP has provided literacy to 2,573 out of school adolescent girls who are at risk of never again get the chance to study.
SUCCESS STORY of Muskan, KSP student:
Muskan is 13 years old. She was a member of the Rahima ki Dhani KSP program in Bibipur and was taught by Manshira. In January 2016 her cumulative score for all final tests on the KSP program was 81.6%. She stood 51st out of 148 students. In Hindi, she scored 75.2% and ranked 96th, and in Maths she scored 88% and ranked 28th. She will now receive a formal certificate of recognition signed by the Director of the Alwar District Education Office. Before she joined the program she was completely illiterate so this is a notable achievement roughly equivalent to Level 3 in primary school. Her teacher has reported that when Muskan completed the course she was so inspired that she was keen to enroll in the formal school system. Manshira is very keen for this to happen and has said she will do all she can to help Muskan to register in school.