RAIPUR: Pemina Sahu, a class XI student in a small village in Chhattisgarh’s Balod district, is excited to see her name plate outside their house, thanks to a unique campaign by local administration to promote girls’ education and enhance their recognition in society.
The initiative, under which name plates of houses in villages are being inscribed with names of the family’s girl students, was introduced about one-and-half months back in Balod district, a partially Maoist-hit area, located around 70 km from Raipur.
“The campaign has been taken up to make people aware of the importance of the girl child and boost literacy among girls,” Balod Collector Rajesh Singh Rana told PTI.
So far, about 2,700 girls of various age groups have got name plates of their own put up on their house doors in various villages of Balod, he said.
The idea, aimed at fulfilling the vision of Prime Minister’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ drive, was coined after having discussions with local public representatives, sarpanch and officials, he said.
In a short span of time, the campaign has successfully yielded results in 12 village panchayats, particularly of Dondi and Gunderdehi development blocks in Balod, he said.
Like Pemina, there are several girls who never imagined that their house will be known by their name.
“It is like a dream come true for us. With this campaign the mindset of people in villages is changing towards girl child,” says Pemina, who hails from Markatola village.
Another secondary school student Jagriti Tekam, who belongs to Ukari-Dondi village, said such a drive should not be confined only to one district but extended to every nook and corner of the state so that people realise that girls are in no way less than the boys.
The Collector said that the campaign is not only inspiring parents to send their daughters to school, but also changing their patriarchal mindset.
Moreover, the campaign has also achieved success in attracting dropout girls back to school, he said.