Girls First initiative improved emotional & physical well-being of Bihar school children

Jan 21, 2016 16:55 IST

The Girls First initiative was in news in the third week of January 2016 as the results showed that it helped in improving emotional and physical well-being of school children in Bihar.

The initiative is a first of its kind project in the country as integrates evidence-based practices from the fields of social-emotional rearing, restorative justice, positive psychology and emotional intelligence.

Outcomes of Girls First initiative

• It is implemented by Corstone India Foundation with the support of David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
• Between 2013 and 2014, 3500 maginalized adolescent girls were served under the project.
• The initiative helped in reducing school drop outs and early marriage and improving their psychosocial health.
• As per a study, it was revealed that emotional resilience increased by 33 percent and health knowledge by 99 percent.
• While clean water behaviour was improved by 96 percent, attitudes about gender equality by improved 18 percent in the same period.
• At present, the project is scaled to serve 30000 boys and girls in 250 schools in partnership with the Bihar Education Project Council.

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