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About The Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF)

Context:

Recently, the Minister of State for Education informed the Lok Sabha about the Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF), mentioned in the National Education Policy (NEP), 2020. 

Relevance:

GS II: Education

Dimensions of the Article:

  1. Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF)
  2. Interventions for Girls’ Education under Samagra Shiksha
  3. Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs)

Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF):

  • The Gender Inclusion Fund (GIF) aims to ensure high-quality education for all children, with a focus on promoting gender inclusion.
  • It seeks to address concerns related to Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Groups (SEDGs), including females and transgender individuals.
  • The fund will be utilized to provide necessary amenities, such as secure and sanitary vending machines, to enhance educational infrastructure.
National Education Policy (NEP) and Gender Inclusion:
  • The NEP emphasizes “Equitable and Inclusive Education,” aiming to ensure that no child is left behind due to socio-cultural identities.
  • It recognizes the concerns of Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Groups (SEDGs) and promotes gender as a cross-cutting priority for achieving gender equality in education.
  • Specific provisions under Samagra Shiksha 2.0, part of NEP, allocate dedicated resources for SEDGs, including girls.

Interventions for Girls’ Education under Samagra Shiksha:

  • Opening of schools in the neighborhood to facilitate access for girls.
  • Provision of free uniforms and textbooks for girls up to class VIII.
  • Appointment of additional teachers, including women teachers, to ensure quality education.
  • Stipend for girls with special needs (CWSN) from class I to XII.
  • Construction of separate toilets for girls for improved sanitation and hygiene.
  • Sensitization programs for teachers to promote girls’ participation.
  • Development of gender-sensitive teaching-learning materials, including textbooks.

 

Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs):

  • KGBVs are residential schools for girls from disadvantaged groups, such as SC, ST, OBC, Minority, and Below Poverty Line (BPL) categories.
  • These schools cater to classes VI to XII and are established in Educationally Backward Blocks to reduce gender gaps in education.

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