Kanyashree Prakalpa - The empowerment of adolescent girls in the slum area: A cost benefit analysis
Ram Krishna Sen
Dropout from school creates all round backwardness. Girls are more backward particularly in the slum area where the dropout rate is high. Child marriage and school drop-outs go hand in hand in the slum area of West Bengal. Due to implementation of free and universal elementary education, progress in enrollment and completion of study has been noticed in the elementary education but as the secondary education is not free, maximum girls child of the slum area stop their study after elementary education. As a result, lack of qualifications and work experience makes them ill-equipped for the labour market, and due to poverty child marriage occurred. Parental decision to drop out their wards from post elementary education depends upon not only their gender but also their socio-economic status. Poverty and social insecurity influences the parents to withdraw their wards from school. Kanyashree Project, introduced by govt. of West Bengal, is a ray of hope for those slum girls. However in this paper, an attempt has been made to frame out the various role played by Kanyashree Project in the development of post elementary education of slum girls and also to point out the various aspects of socio-economic development which would sustain the better development of post elementary education drive in near future in the slum area of Barasat Municipal area.
Ram Krishna Sen. Kanyashree Prakalpa - The empowerment of adolescent girls in the slum area: A cost benefit analysis. International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development, Volume 3, Issue 8, 2016, Pages 164-168