The Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC), popularly known as Bihar Education Project (BEP)... Read More
  Implementation Authority
State Level Structure
  1. The SSA State Implementation Society will be the implementing agency of the NPEGEL at State level. Therefore, funds for this programme will be routed through the SSA society of the State. At the State level a ‘Gender Coordinator’ will be appointed who will look after the NPEGEL. In States where Mahila Samakhya (MS) programme is operational, the SSA society may give preference to the MS Society for implementing NPEGEL in the blocks of MS operations provided the MS Society in the state is willing to undertake the implementation of the programme. In such States, the SSA society shall transfer the funds to MS Society for implementation of the programme. The monitoring and evaluation of the component will be done by the State SSA Society. In blocks where MS is not being implemented or MS is not willing to undertake the implementation of the scheme , the implementation of this component will be through the existing mechanism used for implementation of SSA.
  2. State Mahila Samakhya Societies (MSS), wherever set up under the directions of the Government of India, will provide direction and support to the programme. The MS society will ensure the representation of SC/ST women’s organisation in the SRG of MSS. In States that do not have an MSS, the SRG for Gender/girls education set up under SSA with nominees from relevant departments of the StateGovernment, Government of India, experts in girls’ education and representatives of SC/ ST women’s organisations will function for the purpose.
  3. Suitable assistance can be taken from institutions like Women’s studies centres at Universities/colleges, etc. The resource centres under the Mahila Samakhya programme, at the State level, will be the nodal institution to coordinate with individuals, Government and other organisations for the development of material etc.
District Structure:
  1. Activities would include preparatory activities, including formation of core teams for girls education, training of core teams, baseline assessments and block and village mapping, and social assessments, village and block plans preparation and facilitation. Simultaneously, advocacy and communication activities, including the formation/ mobilisation of MTAs, PTAs and other core groups in the village would be included, in addition to implementation of the block plans.
  2. Gender Unit of SSA in collaboration with MS (wherever, MS is undertaking NPEGEL) , will administer the NPEGEL at district level. A ‘District Gender Coordinator shall be appointed for each district. The District Gender Unit will consist of District Gender coordinator, Resource persons and supporting staff. This unit will co-ordinate and supervise all aspect of the component at district level, and provide resource and training support. It will also network with the local administration, other in stitutions and NGOs in the district.
Sub-District Unit:
  1. At the block level, the coordinator, will, with the help of the national, State and district level, coordinate the training of teachers and educational administrators, mobilisation of the community, regular monitoring of girls’ enrolment, retention, and achievement, and work with communities to devise strategies.
  2. There will be a core group at the block level, whch will be responsible for coordinating with and converging with the DGU and existing programmes. Selection of core groups would be done at two levels:
    1. Coordinator : 1 (to be selected from among the teachers)
    2. Resource person : 1 (to be selected from among the teachers)
    3. Other members of resource support group at field level. These community level activists for community mobilisation, local level monitoring, and on site resource support would be selected from among youth groups and women students.
  3. The core group will, with the help of students, teachers and volunteers, do surveys, and help prepare the village plans. They will also monitor and oversee the implementation of these plans. The core groups will form the major vehicle for community mobilisation, monitoring in the village the progress for enrolment, drop out, achievement of girls, facilitating with the VEC/ MTA/ village community indevising interventions for these activities in the village, and creating an environment for girls’ education. They will be selected on the basis of their aptitude.
  4. At the cluster level there will be Co-ordinators (One for every 5 - 25 villages), who will work as honorary women workers and will have the assistance of a Core Group. The Cluster Coordinator will be paid TA/DA, etc. The Core Group will be responsible for coordinating with and converging with the District Gender Unit and existing programme. This Core Group will play one of the most critical roles in the programme, in terms of planning, mobilisation and implementing the programmes package of activities. In older MS areas, the federations or the Sanghas could takeover this role. In all project areas, efforts will be made to eventually hand over this function to such groups of activists. The coordinator would work along side the Model cluster school. At the cluster level, the coordinator, will, coordinate the mobilisation of the community, regular monitoring of girls’ enrolment, retention, and achievement, and work with the core group and communities to devise strategies to achieve project goals.
  5. The village level efforts will be co-ordinated by Mahila Samakhya Sanghas, core groups, VECs, Mothers Committees or Parent Teacher Associations, as the case may be. The district unit, cluster coordinators and village Sanghas will respectively, decide the prioritisation for activities and incentives to be taken up in the cluster/village. This autonomy is vital for genuine local needs/solutions to get reflected in the programme activities/strategies.
  6. A Cluster Level Committee would be formed for monitoring the cluster level activities and would consist of the Presidents of SMC of the schools located in the villages in the cluster. The President of the Cluster level Committee would be selected from its members by rotation every quarter. The Head Master of the €˜Model Cluster School for Girls’ would be the member-secretary. If number of women member is less than four, an additional member may be co-opted from the SMC to ensure that at least 4 women members are there.
National Support Group:
  1. 9.4.1 The National Resource Group (NRG) already created under SSA in collaboration with the NRG created under the Mahila Samakhya programme at the National level shall provide inputs on conceptual issues and concerns arising in the programme, and advise GOI on policy matters concerning the education of girls. This groupwill provide the interface with research and training institutions, women’s movement, educationists and non-Governmental institutions and also bring in other experiences of educating girls.