Most of the teenaged rural girls of Bengal experience the agonies as child-wives. Their dreams to enjoy the girlhood are never materialised owing to endemic poverty. They suffer abysmally with teen-pregnancy, malnutrition and oppression. We would equip many such girls with quality education by providing books, scholarship grants, nutritious food and health coverages. The project would mainstream the girls and support their families with small enterprises to make poverty and girl-abuse a history.
Majority of rural girls drop-out before passing the 7th standard as they get married between 13 and 16 years. Early marriages are resulting in lack of education, premature marital responsibility, health problems related to early motherhood, and marital discord. The special needs of adolescents are rarely addressed by the educational, health, and family welfare programs in India. There are approximately 10 thousand pregnant adolescents and adolescent mothers in the Malda district of West Bengal.
The project would address the issue of girl child marriages through social, psychological and educational discourse and training. We would organize special education classes for the girls combining literacy, numeric, reproductive health, cultural lessons, music, and knowledge on human rights. The families would be assisted towards household enterprises for increased income to facilitate the girls' education. The project would admit/re-admit the girls in State Schools for their further studies.
The project would achieve three of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of UNDP - "Achieve universal primary education; Promote gender equality & empower women; Eradicate extreme poverty & hunger". Girls would be protected from all types of abuses. Early marriage would be a history in the area and all the girls would be educated. BSWI firmly believes that when we have healthy, well-educated and emancipated women, these women in turn rear healthy, well-educated and emancipated children.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).