Project Nanhi Kali is India's largest programme that enables disadvantaged girls to complete 10 years of schooling.The project provides 360 degree educational support to girls in government schools from Class 1-10. Nanhi Kali works to increase enrollment and retention of girls via a three-pronged strategy that includes academic, material and social support. Since inception, the project has supported over 350,000 underprivileged girls and at present is reaching out to 150,000 girls across India.
In addition to 63 million missing girls, a further 21 million girls in India are unwanted (Annual Economic Survey of India, 2018) -1 out of 2 girls drop out of school before grade 10 (Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, 2012) -Low female literacy rate - 65% at national level and 46% in rural India (Census 2011) -Poor learning levels at government schools with 27% of children in Std. 7 unable to read Std. 2 level text and 57% unable to solve a 3-digit by 1-digit division sum
Project Nanhi Kali encourages girls to attend school by ensuring their holistic development through the provision of academic, material and social support. Academic support includes support classes that are conducted before or after school hours by trained tutors. A material kit is distributed to each girl which typically comprises of shoes, socks, stationary items and hygiene material for older girls. Project Nanhi Kali also sensitizes the community on the importance of girl child education.
-Creation of a safe ecosystem and environment conducive to learning for underprivileged girls -Community Sensitization - Training and capacity building of Community Associates( Tutors) - Curtailed dropout rates to less than 10% within the project -Improved learning levels measured through 3 assessments per academic year - Regular attendance tracked by the tutor