Balika Shivir

Balika Shivir was set up by Plan India and its NGO partner Urmul Setu in 1998 to address the problem of girls' education and child marriage in the state of Rajasthan.

The Shivirs (residential camps for girls aged 6-18 years) and Kishori Prerna Manch (KPM) (for adolescent girls) impart vital education skills like life skills, literacy and vocational training to girls who do not have the opportunity to attend regular school. A significant change in the attitude of girls and their families has been witnessed over the years. Impressively, now these girls are not only pursuing their dreams but are also giving back to their communities through their involvement in KPM, Famine Relief Programme and as advocates of education and change.

Through the course of the project, we have been able to achieve some remarkable results as noted below:

  • 5,000 girls engaged through camps for increased participation in education and vocational training programmes
  • 3,377 out-of-school girls from remote villages in Bikaner completed their Class X and Class XII
  • 700 girls gained vocational skills through specialised skill building workshops
  • 104 girls pursued university level education with support from residential camp managing teams
  • From 1998-2005, 1,796 girls passed out with primary school certification from Lunkaransar and Bajju districts
  • 785 girls passed Class X while 333 passed Class XII and 104 appeared for graduation exams between 2007-2014 in Lunkaransar
  • 50% girls have been linked with various government scholarship schemes or other supports available
  • 281 girls have found part time work, 654 are employed full time and 100 have established themselves as independent entrepreneurs
  • % of girls getting married before 18 years has dropped from 47% to 27%