Right to education is a fundamental right of all citizens under the 86th amendment of the Indian constitution, yet women’s literacy in one of our operational area continues to fall far behind males. The most significant difference is in the literacy rates of males and females in the rural areas of Tijara – where 36.13 fewer women are sent to school compared to the men. The gender gap recorded between male and female literacy rate in the Tijara Block is 27.07% where in Tijara, literacy among rural males is 75.01%, while that of rural females is 38.88%. This reflects the way men and women lead their lives. End Poverty addresses this issue with one of its flagship programmes - Kishori Shiksha Programme. End Poverty started the Kishori Shiksha Program with an aim of providing education to adolescent girls. KSP is an intensive 1-year catch up education programme for out-of-school teenage girls to bring them back on track.
End Poverty selects female teachers from the local community and trains them in record keeping and course delivery, teaching methodology etc. Teaching-Learning- Materials are provided to all teachers and students. As other villages are demanding this programme, we know that our model is scalable and replicable for the Meo Muslim community spread across Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Several girls who complete the program want to move on to higher education or further training.
Key highlights of 2019-20
Training of local women as literacy teachers to provide quality learning
360-degree training to make the girls literate and be able to calculate thus access information and be expressive and communicative
304 new students enrolled in the year
126 adolescent girls completed literate classes
Education catch up programme in which we provide literacy, numeracy, reading, and expressive skills
Vocational, health, environment and awareness training to girls.
Literacy certificates distribution
Literacy certificates distribution to the KSP students