“A girl is a precious soul that makes life possible on earth.”
National Girl Child Day is observed on 24th January, since 2008 initiated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.
The objective underlying the occasion is to raise awareness about the rights of the girl child, especially in regard to education and health. The pledge prescribed for the occasion is “We pledge to bridge the gender divide to build an inclusive and equal society.”
The girl child, like the male child, has the right to receive equal opportunities in terms of education, healthcare, nutrition and every other arena. The government hereby aims to spread awareness about equal opportunities for girls in India.
The steps taken by the government in this regard are:
● Protect the Girl Child,
● Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao
● The Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana
● CBSE’s Udaan Program
● Free or reduced-cost education for girls
The government has also introduced many initiatives and investment plans to support parents to financially secure their daughters' across India. Plans such as Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana, Post Office Term Deposit Plans, Balika Samriddhi Yojana etc. are available to fulfill the dreams of higher education and a prosperous career for all deserving daughters.
The government also runs several advertisements on various mass media platforms like television, local newspapers and radio stations to make people aware about these schemes and to put their message forward, which is – “Save the Girl Child”.
The Indian School-Second Shift took this opportunity to motivate young girls to become educated professionals with access to quality education, career-based academic opportunities and social equality in a world free of discrimination.
The students of class VII compiled advertisements relating to opportunities and special programmes for girls printed and run-on various print and electronic media. They also shared this information in the classroom, so that the agenda of these benefits becomes familiar to all.
The girls of class VIII found out from their parents whether they are benefiting from any of these government schemes. The boys of class VIII did the same for their sisters or female cousins. They also researched and then discussed in class about how to avail these schemes.
The students of class IX took the pledge.
The promotion of public awareness of girls' rights is greatly aided by celebrating this day. The occasion serves as a reminder of how important it is to encourage women empowerment and the realisation of their fundamental rights by birth.
Various government as well as non-government organisations come together to take part on this day by organising events and activities. Proudly, The Indian School-Second Shift pledges to fight against the social stigma of discrimination that is associated with the girl child in India, and work to remove this gender barrier.