Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, as part of its mission to ensure education of girls coming from weaker sections of society, is building new Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) buildings and hostels, upgrading existing KGBVs from Class 9 to 12, as well enhancing facilities in them.
According to a Basic Education Department official, the Uttar Pradesh Governmentt plans to construct and upgrade 200 academic blocks and hostels by the end of 2023 and another 177 by the end of the year 2023-24, which will benefit around 20,000 and 17,700 girls respectively.
With the construction and upgradation of 377 KGBVs, teaching and residential arrangement for additional 100 girls will be made in the proposed school and hostel buildings. By the end of 2023-2024, a total of 446 KGBVs will be upgraded, benefitting as many as 118,600 girls.
The Yogi Government is upgrading KGBVs from class 9 to 12 in order to encourage girls to pursue higher studies after completing secondary level education. The KGBVs seek to help girls realise their dream of education.
It is worth mentioning here that under Samagra Shiksha scheme of the Basic Education Department of Uttar Pradesh, a total of 746 Kasturba Gandhi Residential Girls Schools are run in educationally backward development blocks of the state.
Seventy five percent of girls studying in KGBVs belong to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, backward castes as well as minorities communities and poor families. Besides, as many as 78,525 girls studying in the schools are from families living below the poverty line.
Meanwhile, the Basic Education Department recently organised a workshop for capacity building of the wardens, who are in-charge of running Kasturba Gandhi Girls Schools. During the training, a presentation was made on the last experience of digital medium of teaching Mathematics to the girls and also a plan to get them practice for 25 hours on Khan Academy to get hone their mathematical skills.
IIT Gandhinagar presented Jigyasa programme during the training, sharing experiments related to the acquisition of knowledge in a simple and interesting way through the curiosity box provided to the schools.
The training also stressed the importance of conducting classes according to timetable and syllabus and health check-up of girls under National Child Health Guarantee Programme.
KGBVs have all the latest facilities including, computers, internet/broadband, smart class, tablets etc.