Aspirational
Districts
Rural schools in
Jharkhand

Where we work

In Jharkhand

The government of India, has set a vision to improve ‘ease of living’ in the most backward districts of India. NITI Aayog has identified 117 districts based on objective criteria pertaining to education, health & nutrition, financial inclusion & skill development, agriculture and water resources and basic infrastructure.

Out of 24 districts in Jharkhand, 19 are covered under the Aspirational Districts list.

Focusing on KGBVs

Girls in India face differential treatment since birth. At adolescence they undergo a sharp transition into more restrictive roles and lifestyles. Most often schools reinforce the restrictive stereotypes and create gaps in learning and empowerment processes.

Girls’ education goes beyond getting girls into school. We believe that the healthier, safer transition of adolescent girls to adulthood and their empowerment during this process that are, in fact, the linchpins between education and improved outcomes at the individual, community and societal levels.

The Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) scheme was launched by the Government of India in August 2004 for setting up residential schools at upper primary level for girls belonging predominantly to the SC, ST, OBC and minorities in difficult areas.

The scheme is being implemented in educationally backward blocks (EBBs) of the country where the female rural literacy is below the national average. The scheme provides for a minimum reservation of 75% of the seats for girls belonging to SC, ST, OBC or minority communities and priority for the remaining 25%, is accorded to girls from families below poverty line.

Girls’ education goes beyond getting girls into school.

We believe that the healthier, safer transition of adolescent girls to adulthood and their empowerment during this process that are, in fact, the linchpins between education and improved outcomes at the individual, community and societal levels.