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CRY undertakes initiative to educate girl child

Posted on Oct 04, 10:34PM | IBNS

NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) Wednesday released a comprehensive desk study on girl child education that analyses policies that impact female children as well as focuses on the ground realities that they face across the country.

CRY on Aug 28 arranged for a 40 days photography campaign 'Click Right for the Girl Child' for the rights of every girl child to be educated.

The campaign used photography for generating public awareness and influence policy makers to give importance to the issue.

Regional Director CRY East Atindranath Das said, "Click Rights for the Girl Child 2012 was based on the theme 'ichha-a desire to learn'. It was about finding the missing ichhas, where 'ichha' symbolizes every girl child's desire to have access to quality education."

CRY informed that till now around 1500 photographs have been received from across the country showing various reasons to keep the girl child away from school.

Eminent photographers like Raghu Rai, Sudharak Olwe and Nilayan Dutta have contributed their photographs for the campaign. Their photographs will be shared with Government functionaries with the hope for action leads to positive change, said an official.

The report 'The Indian Girl Child: The Other Half' points out that though the Indian government had made rapid strides towards universalizing education and enrollment of girls in primary and upper primary levels had steadily grown over last teo decades, there are still many vibrant gaps in this area, CRY stated.

"A study identifies series of reasons that keep the girl child out of school. Among these reasons, absence of separate toilets in school, getting married in a very early age and non allowance of continuing study after marriage is another reason of this," Das said.

He asserted, "According to NFHS-3 45pc of girls get married before the age 18. Of India's 243 million adolescents, 40pc is out of school and 43pc are married before age 18, out of whom 13pc become teenage mothers."

The other survey conducted by CRY volunteers, 'A Rapid Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude and practice (KAP) on Prevalence of barriers to Girl Child Education Among Lower Income Groups of Society' reinforces the attitude of common people towards girl child education is also one of the major barriers.

Das further said, "As per the census 2011 figures, the percentage of literacy among female is 17pc less than that of male."

"This clearly indicates that though the Government has made critical changes in the education sector, there are still some noticeable gaps as far as girl child education is concerned."