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National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level (NPEGEL)

Government of India is committed to achieving Universalization of Elementary Education by 2010. This entails a special thrust on girls' education as well as greater rigour in planning, targeting and actual implementing the interventions designed. Statistics reveal that despite the efforts that have been made, gender disparities persist in enrolment of girls, especially in rural areas and among disadvantaged groups. The disparity is more acute in the enrolment of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, especially at upper primary level.


Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan has limited financial provisions for girls' education in the form of free textbooks and innovations at district levels. Thus, National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level (NPEGEL) has been formulated for providing additional support for education of underprivileged/disadvantaged girls at elementary level. NPEGEL is a part of SSA and will be implemented under its umbrella but as a distinct and separate gender component plan of SSA.


Background

The Government has approved a new programme called ‘National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level (NPEGEL)’ as an amendment to the scheme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) for providing additional components for education of girls at elementary level. The NPEGEL will form part of SSA and will be implemented under the umbrella of SSA but with a distinct identity.

The scheme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) was started in the year 2001-02 with the objective of universalisation of elementary education. It is an attempt to provide an opportunity for improving human capabilities to all children including the girl child, through provision of community-owned quality education in a mission mode. However, as SSA has limited financial provisions for girls’ education in the form of “innovations” at district level and free textbooks, and thus there is a need for an additional component.

Accordingly, NPEGEL has been formulated for education of under privileged/ disadvantaged girls from class I to VIII as a separate and distinct gender component plan of SSA. The gender component is necessary to achieve UEE for girls in educationally backward areas.


Scope


The scheme would be applicable in the following areas:-

Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) : EBB means a block where the level of rural female literacy is less than the national average and the gender gap is above the national average.

Blocks of districts which have atleast 5% SC/ ST population and SC/ ST female literacy rate below 10% shall also be taken up under this programme

Selected urban slums.

Revised NPEGEL Guidelines

Strategy

Objectives and Focus

Implementation Authority

Components of the Girl Education Programme

List of NPEGEL Activities

NPEGEL Blockwise Details

List of ECCE Activities

List Of ECCE Centre
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