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  N.P.E.G.E.L.

Background

The National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level (NPEGEL) wasintroduced in 2003 as an amendment to the scheme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) forproviding additional components for education of girls at elementary level. NPEGEL hadbeen formulated for education of under privileged/ disadvantaged girls from class I to VIIIas a separate and distinct gender component plan of SSA. The gender component isnecessary to achieve UEE for girls in educationally backward areas. ...

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Objectives
There exists significant gender gap in enrolment at the elementary level, which is veryacute for girls belonging to the Scheduled castes, Scheduled Tribes and otherdisadvantaged groups. Reduction in the gender gap would require a concerted focus on thehard-to-reach groups. Therefore, it is necessary to include certain interventions addressingthe specific education needs of girls. The objectives of NPEGEL are:(a) To provide for block-focused projects for girls at risk and girls in difficultcircum...

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Scope and appliciablity

NPEGEL is applicable in the following areas:-(a) Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs): previously defined on a composite criteria ofblocks with a rural female literacy rate below the national average (46.13%: Census2001) and gender gap in literacy higher than the national average (21.59%: Census2001).(b) Blocks of districts which have at least 5% SC/ ST population and SC/ ST femaleliteracy rate below 10%(c) Selected urban slums.

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Focus

The focus of NPEGEL will be to:(a) Strengthen the capacity of National, State and district institutions and organisationsfor planning, management and evaluation of girls’ education at the elementarylevel, and create a dynamic management structure that will be able to respond to thechallenges of girls’ education;(b) Develop innovative gender sensitisation / training programmes, with the assistanceof concerned organisations and women’s groups, for teachers and administratorsand create an env...

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Strategy

A. Mobilisation for girls’ education, involving community, teachers, NGOs, etc. This is tobe a process oriented programme, where community ownership and the basket ofcomponents must evolve with local participation.B. The block will be the designated as the unit of planning implementation andmonitoring.C. A basket of components has been provided in the scheme. However, all blocks may notneed to take up all activities. The projects should be based on local conditions and needof that block; all s...

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Components of NPEGEL

6.1 Block Focus Projects for girls at risk/difficult circumstances: Detailed action plansfor the target group of girls and specific strategies to be adopted in the block need tobe spelt out, with defined and measurable outcomes. Annual Work Plan of districtsprepared under SSA should reflect NPEGEL block-specific project. Funds permissibleper block would be within the ceiling of the sum total of the activities admissible percluster under the scheme. All clusters in an EBB are eligible for coverag...

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Programmatic Norms

7.1 NPEGEL interventions will supplement and support girls’ education over andabove the investments for girls’ education through SSA interventions.7.2 All strategies and interventions must target all the 6 – 14 year old girls within theblock.7.3 Focus of interventions should be on retention of girls and improvement in thequality of learning. Detailed action plans for the target group of girls and thespecific strategies to be adopted in the block are spelt out, with defined andmeasurable ou...

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Financial Norms

The assistance under this component will be as per the parameters of SSA i.e. 75 : 25 sharing arrangement during Xth Plan and 65 : 35 sharing between the Central Government and State Governments for the first two years of the XIth plani.e. 2007-08 and 2008-09; 60:40 for the third year .i.e. 2009-10; 55:45 for the fourth year i.e. 2010-11 and 50:50 thereafter i.e. from 2011-12 onwards. Commitments regarding sharing of costs would be taken from State Governments in writing. The ...

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Implementation Authority

State Level Structure: 9.1.1 The SSA State Implementation Society will be the implementing agency of theNPEGEL at State level. Therefore, funds for this programme will be routed throughthe SSA society of the State. At the State level a ‘Gender Coordinator’ will beappointed who will look after the NPEGEL. In States where Mahila Samakhya(MS) programme is operational, the SSA society may give preference to the MSSociety for implementing NPEGEL in the blocks of MS operations provided th...

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Implementation, Monitoring and Supervision

Programme activities at State and National level : Activities at the National and State levelalso include (a) Planning, (b) Training, (c) meeting, workshops evaluation and MIS, (d) Developmentof material including teaching learning material, audio-visuals and other training material, fees &honorarium, (e) helping in the review/ development of textbooks, development of guidelines forincorporation of gender concerns, (f) development/ compilation of supplementary reading materialf...

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Methodology

The separate sub-plan for ‘Girls Education Component’ will be prepared by the district implementation unit of the NPEGEL. These plans shall be scrutinized at the State level by the resource group, before being forwarded to the the National level for appraisal.

FUND SHARING PATTERN UNDER THE NPEGEL

12.1 The assistance under this component will be as per the parameters of SSA i.e. in the ratio 65:25 for the first two years of the XI plan i.e. 2007-08 and 2008-09; 60:40 for the third year i..e 2009-10; 65:35 from 2010-11 onwards. For the North Eastern States the fund sharing pattern between Centre and States shall be 90:10 under the programme with the Centre’s share resource from the 10% earmarked funds for the NE Region in the SSA Central Budget. 12.2 The provisions for NPEGEL wi...

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