Sikshana’s Girl Empowerment Program (SGEP) is designed to empower young girls of rural backgrounds
through activities that will enhance their leadership skills, general awareness, and life skills
such as Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication Skills & Collaboration. The program also
focuses on scholarship for education & sports, health workshops & English/Soft Skills building
in underprivileged girls between the age of 15 to 24.
The goal of SGEP is to empower adolescent girls from socio-economically weak backgrounds who require comprehensive support during the critical developmental stage, where they are likely to face unique challenges in their mental and physical health. SGEP combines academic education with health education and skill building opportunities, thus empowering girls to care for themselves in all aspects of life.
The socio-economically backward families mostly have girls who enroll in Government Schooling
systems. This makes it difficult to make ends meet as the resources are limited. This is
the kind of circumstances where a girl child’s education takes a step back as the
funding and support is less due to the family’s mind set which does not consider education
as something of value in a girl’s life.
Sikshana has identified such girls of age group 14 to 21 and has provided conditional cash transfers, stipends and scholarships as educational funds. In cases where the education is subsidized by the Government a nominal amount is paid towards supplies and materials for the girls. This is provided to the girls on an extreme need based approach and will not be applicable to all the candidates who have been onboarded to the program.
The goal is to motivate students to engage in schooling actively.
Using small rewards in the form of stars in different colours, students are
incentivized to come to school regularly, practice good hygiene and actively
participate in curricular and extracurricular activities.
My Learning Journey Certificate is a visual map to track progress in acquiring language and arithmetic competencies at a foundational level as well as at their grade level. It is provided to each student. In addition, it also gives a visual indication of the usage of inputs by the child.
SGEP facilitates effective utilization of the students' time to upscale themselves and become industry ready using online/offline workshops. It is the firm belief of SGEP that the students must not only excel academically but also acquire the necessary skills which will help in a holistic development of the young girls. Hence these students are engaged by industry experts and qualified resource personnel to develop soft skills, technical skills, life skills and employability skills.
It is a well-known fact that adolescent girls go through a range of changes from hormonal, physical and emotional that lead to various health related issues and in some cases mental issues as well. There is a crucial need for the right amount of nutrition which is a basic need that will help them stay healthy, fit and physically strong for their entire lives. The girls on-boarded under the SGEP are given sufficient awareness regarding their personal health and hygiene. The students have undergone many workshops and talks which involved healthcare experts. The girls were exposed to negative effects of wrong food choices like thyroid, PCOD, Vit D and B12 deficiencies and were made aware of necessary nutrients available in their household which helps them to lead a healthy life.
Students of high school level receive a wide variety of academic support under SGEP.
The students studying in SSLC (10th Grade in Govt. Schools) receive comprehensive
support like exam readiness classes and online/offline doubt clarification sessions
by experts in addition to the motivation and encouragement for them to be well prepared
and appear for their board examinations confidently. Kannada and English versions of Exam
Scanners designed with the support of the Department of Education having a collection of
most probable questions likely to be asked in the SSLC Board Examinations have also been
given to the students to help them prepare for their upcoming board examinations.
Students from lower grades undergo a unique core program of Sikshana called Project Based Learning. In this program, the students work on curriculum and community aligned projects following the basic guidelines detailed in the program input - Project Planner. This program primarily focuses on enhancement of 21st Century Skills like Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity in students.
The pandemic has caused some major changes in the academic and personal lives of the students. Face masks have literally become a physical part of individuals today. To help the girls with access to this basic amenity and to support them in keeping their learning journey uninterrupted, Sikshana has distributed cotton reusable masks to the students. A study kit including the basic stationery requirements like notebooks, pens, pencils, geometry set, erasers, sharpeners and sanitizer was also distributed to the students under the program
Sikshana deeply believes in holistic development of any individual and an
early start for this development is absolutely essential. Physical and mental health of young
girls of the age 8 years and above are improved and strengthened by engaging in activities
like outdoor and indoor sports. For this purpose, Sikshana has sponsored various sports
equipment and indoor games to needy Govt. Schools which have high admission counts of girls.
Tournaments of various sports activities will be conducted annually with the support of Dell sponsorship and volunteers to identify and encourage the budding aspirants of rural Govt. Schools in athletics and team games. The students get an opportunity to experience the competitive atmosphere in a professional environment and get motivated to keep up the practice.
The dearth of women is prominent in the whole STEM majors across the globe. In many cases girls have generally outperformed boys in academics, but when it comes to those who take up technical courses in the later life, the number of women become miniscule, only a small percentage of women who do pursue science convert it into a career. Participation of women in Science and Technology is not only an important aspect in social and economic development of the nation; it is very critical constituent in the process of improving the quality of life of women themselves.
Though there is an increase in percentage of women
participation in Engineering, only very few of women
represent engineering workforce. As there is sign of
improvement of women opting technical courses, constant
support through mentoring shall improve their confidence
and result in increased participation of women in engineering workforce. Women in Engineering program
was designed with the purpose of addressing the challenges as the present-day occupations continue to be
divided along gender lines with women far less likely to pursue careers in engineering and technology than
Hitachi ABB Power Grids India has come forward to support students pursuing their technical graduation and support them by enabling them with laptop and scholarship support. Program was designed to support 80 Girl students from three locations (Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Gujarat)