Motivating Girls towards Technology: Uttam Nagar

Dwarka is one of the new emerging areas in West Delhi. The Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya is located close to urban slum in Delhi and has 4,000 girls. These girls come from marginalised families staying in Dwarka, Uttam Nagar and the neighbouring area. Their parents had meagre incomes and had limited capacities to create a learning environment at home. The school where the girls study has limited infrastructure. The student teacher ratio is 1:50.

Key Issues in the Program Area

The girls studying at Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya had limited access to technology at the school and at home. They generally referred to school library books to collect information for their projects. Unfortunately, the school library had obsolete books and limited editions of the books. Earlier the school teachers used traditional methods of teaching which did not inspire curiosity to study the subject further and explain abstract things and hard spots. As a result of all this the girls could never develop interest in science and technology. More and more girls were motivated to take humanities in senior secondary classes.

How we bridged the gap

In this school, Plan has established three subject labs (Computer, Science and Maths), a children’s library and made paintings on the school wall to demonstrate how school buildings are used as learning aids by children and teachers. At the computer lab, Plan has provided 30 tailor-made laptops for children and four laptops for teachers. The children have access to facilities like a personalised computer along with the facility of group chat. To enrich the school resources, Plan has procured interesting and innovative teaching learning material developed by various agencies. The computer lab has access to children’s library.

The interactive materials available at the computer lab and subject labs provide hands-on experience to children and assist the teacher to explain difficult concepts with ease. The subject labs (Maths and Science) are connected with the computer lab for healthy cross learning. The teachers also have access to interactive white board to make the class environment lively. The assessment of the children is done regularly in a transparent manner and is fun for children.

Key Achievements

  • The school attained 100% results in CBSE exam due to our intervention. The highest scores obtained by children include 85% in science and 100 % in maths.
  • The school attendance and enrolment has also increased. The number of girls opting to study science and technology in senior secondary classes increased considerably.
  • Earlier the ICT lab was accessible by girls studying in senior secondary. From the current academic session the ICT lab has been made accessible to girls studying in upper primary classes as well.


  • Highlights: 300,00 school children benefited from sports for development, Building as Learning Aid (BALA), improved school WASH, digital learning, science labs and library in schools initiatives
  • Highlights: 60,000 people benefited from 75 anaemia screening and prevention camps in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Rajasthan
  • Highlights: 40,000 school going children, particularly adolescent girls, now have access to improved WASH facilities
  • Highlights: 28,000 community members trained on various aspects of child protection
  • Highlights: 30,000 people reached out to with disaster relief during floods in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Mumbai
  • Highlights: 34,000 women members of SHGs and joint liability groups have been trained for entrepreneurial and business skills, financial literacy and financial inclusion


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