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Aarohini ~ an initiative to empower underprivileged girls in UP

The Uttar Pradesh government has launched Aarohinive, an initiative aimed at training girls for their safety and security, who are enrolled in all 746 Kasturba Gandhi Residential Girls Schools in the state.

Training will be provided by full time teachers of Kasturba Gandhi Residential Girls Schools. Training of teachers will start in Lucknow from February 1.

Director General, School Education, Vijay Kiran Anand said here in a statement on Sunday that the main objective of the Aarohini programme, which will be implemented in three phases, is gender sensitization.

In the first phase, which will start on February 1, teachers will be trained. Two teachers of every Kasturba Gandhi Residential Girls’ School will receive the training, who will then educate the girl students of the school.

Along with the teachers, the institution will also groom the girls through debates and other activities. In the third phase, the campaign will be run at community level, making people aware of the issue of gender sensitization.

Under the Basic Education Department, there are 746 Kasturba Gandhi Residential Girls Schools in the entire state, out of which 56 have been upgraded up to Class 12th.

Leading this programme on behalf of Study Hall Education Foundation, Priyanka said that Aarohini is a gender-based programme.

“In Kasturba Gandhi residential schools, daughters from underprivileged classes, whose families have a huge gender gap, come to study. Our aim under this programme is to raise awareness of girls about their rights and issues and empower them to fight for themselves,” she said.

“During the training, teachers will be told about how this programme will work and how they have to make the children aware. The whole programme is based on Critical Feminist Pedagogy,” she added.

According to her, the teachers will make  children understand their problems and enable them to find solutions to it on their own. With the help of this, girls will be able to face challenges like child marriage, domestic violence, not being able to complete education or any kind of problem in a planned manner and raise their voice for their rights.

Study Hall Educational Foundation will also provide cooperation by making field visits from time to time through women employees. Trained teachers will be provided important information and suggestions related to women’s issues by the organization through tele-monitoring cell (phone call) every month.

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