Average 45% of girls drop out of schools in Jharkhand after class 5 due to poverty, social stigma, household works and long distance of schools from villages.
This results in early marriage and many of these girls become mother in adolescence, putting their life in danger.
NBJK try to convince the parent of the girls about the importance of the education and support by providing school fees, books, uniform and other educational needs. In return NBJK takes written bond from their parents not to marry their daughter before she completes her matriculations.
This helped 357 girls to continue their school education last year with support of Action Village India, Give India and Jhonson & Jhonson.
What is the need?
Education is still a distant dream for majority of girl children in villages. If they get school enrolment, there is no certainty for completion of schooling for them.
In Jharkhand 45% of girls drop out of school after primary school (Class 5), in some districts the figure alarmingly goes up to 85%.
Due to Poverty, household works, long distance of schools and stigma of treating girls as Praya-Dhan(others property) many girls are discouraged to take education as a serious business and parents prefer for their marriage in early age of 13-15. Those daughters fail to complete even school education, become mother during adolescence and the same vicious cycle continues for generations.
Our Approach and Achievements
NBJK is one of the most renowned organisations of Bihar and Jharkhand states of India, working for past 43 years at the grassroot level.
A worker meets with the parents of the girl and counsels them towards the importance of Girls Education. NBJK promote girls to complete their schooling and provides tuition fees, books, uniforms and other educational expenses. In return, their parents guarantee by giving a bond on simple paper, against child marriage and ensure for completion of school education till class X without any hurdle posed by family. Thus, ensuring girls education till matriculation and avoiding their early marriage.
Regular follow up, rapport with parents and schools and evaluation of academic achievement are important components of the program. The programme is being implemented in Hazaribag, Gaya, Chatra, Dumka and Ranchi districts of Bihar and Jharkhand by NBJK and 5 network partner VOs also. This helped 357 girls to continue their school education last year with support of Action Village India, Give India and Jhonson & Jhonson. More than 450 girls have completed class X board examination during previous years under the programme.
Still much to do…