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The project Agrani is modelled on the premise that adolescent girls need leadership skills to gain control over their own lives and create enabling environment for others. The project aims at developing effective forums for adolescent girls in the government schools such as the children committees (Bal Sansad), morning assembly, forums of co-curricular activities, sports and significant school based adolescent girls ‘collectives (Meena Manch).
A key ingredient of the intervention is to work with teachers; to build understanding and positivity on adolescent girls’ leadership, which comprises of decision making, self-esteem, rights, confidence voice and vision, and on transaction of CARE’s developed leadership curriculum. Capacity building training are organized for nodal teachers (responsible for Meena Manch), head teachers, Block Resource Centre Coordinators and Cluster Resource Centre coordinators to tackle issues related to gender, leadership, sex and stereotypes, and safety and security issues in schools.
Through this project, GEP works directly with the community, especially men and boys, to building understanding on gender sensitive issues and issues faced by girls, especially ones from marginalized backgrounds. This collaboration aims at increasing sensitivity of boys and framing equitable mind-sets from a young age.
The successes of this project, at both school based and out of school platforms, are shared at state and national level platforms, thereby seeking to scale up this novel intervention through government systems.