The literacy rate in India is comparatively less than other countries. According to the Census 2011, one quarter of the population cannot read or write. The situation of women and girls, especially in rural areas is dismal. With a gender discrimination of close to 30%, women in Rajasthan women are lagging behind their male counterparts in all spheres of life. Due to the lack of education the women and girls in Rajasthan lack the confidence to voice their opinions or access their basic rights.
A Bal Sabha group is a concept that exists within the school framework and is adaptive to girls only. These democratically elected Girls' Councils stimulate participation of girls in the schools. It helps all children, especially girls to develop Life Skills that include, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, leadership, etc through role playing and storytelling activities.
These skills, conveyed through interactive games, have proven to be a powerful booster for change in the lives of the girls, giving them confidence to speak up and take responsibility of the latter generations. "Investing in girls and women is likely to prevent inter-generational cycles of poverty and yield high economic and societal returns." Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations Secretary-General.
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