Mamta Banerjee’s ‘Kanyashree’ project will soon be included in the school curriculum by the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE). A senior WBBSE official told PTI, “The process to include ‘Kanyashree’ project in our curriculum is going on. We are awaiting for the final approval from the government.”
Education Minister Partha Chatterjee had in June said, “Our government wants to let the future generation to be aware about the path breaking ‘Kanayshree’ project and how it received award from the UN Assistant Secretary General at the World Forum, The Hague. We wish to suitably incorporate chapters of Kanyashree in the school curriculum at secondary level.”
Kanyashree was launched by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in October 2013 and implemented in schools across West Bengal aimed at girls’ empowerment and to prevent dropouts. It is a conditional cash transfer scheme which works towards improving the status and well being of the girl child in West Bengal by incentivizing schooling of all teenage girls and delaying their marriages until the age of 18, the legal age of marriage.
The scheme has two components:
- Annual Scholarship of Rs 500 (Rupees Five hundred only)
- One time Grant of Rs 25,000 (Rupees Twenty-five thousand only)
[ Source : intoday ]