Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MoHRD) on 9 March 2015 released Digital Gender Atlas for Advancing Girls Education, a web-based tool for advancing girls education. It was unveiled by the Department of School Education and Literacy.
This web based tool was developed with the support of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The tool will help identify low performing geographic pockets for girls, particularly from marginalised groups such as scheduled castes, schedule tribes and Muslim minorities.
The Atlas will help identify and ensure equitable education with a focus on vulnerable girls, including girls with disabilities. To ensure this is feasible, the Gender Atlas was developed as a hands-on management tool to enable critical decisions and actions in pockets where gaps are to be met.
The Atlas provides comparative analysis of individual gender related indicators over three years and that enables a visual assessment of the change and an understanding of whether some intervention introduced in a geography at a particular point in time has worked or not.
It is developed on an open source platform with an inbuilt scope of updating data by authorized persons to retain its dynamic character.
It enables the user to navigate between geographical representation and numeric data at state, district and block levels and gives information on key indicators for girls’ education at primary, upper primary and secondary level.
Components of the Digital Gender Atlas
Composite Gender Ranking: A composite gender index was developed using the formulae that are used for calculating the EDI in DISE. Accordingly, the selected gender indicators have been grouped into four categories- Access, Infrastructure, Teachers and Outcomes.
Trend Analysis for Gender Related Indicators: The Atlas enables a trend analysis and tracking of performance of individual gender related indicators across a period of three years.
Spatial Display of Pockets with Multiple Disadvantages Related to Education: Spatial identification of pockets in states or blocks in districts where juxtaposition of key relevant gender indicators reveal maximum disadvantages.
Vulnerabilities: This component of the Atlas visualizes the vulnerability status of an area based on a composite index of three broad indicators rural female literacy, percentage girls/boys married below the legal age of marriage and working children.
Children with Disabilities: This part of the Atlas visualizes the performance status of a single indicator related to children with disabilities, particularly girls, based on quartile ranking across three years i.e. 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Girl Education in India
India has achieved high enrolment rates for girls at primary and upper primary levels of schooling. However, at the secondary level, girls’ enrolment remains lower.
While in upper primary the representation of girls in the total enrolment is 48.66 percent, the percentage in secondary is 47.29 percent.
Girls comprise half the population of school age children, and therefore, it is important to understand the multiple vulnerabilities they face in different areas in order to plan and prioritise inclusive interventions.
When: 9 March 2015