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Girls’ Education Programme (GEP)

  • ARKA’s Girls’ Education Programme (GEP) has been in operation for over years and plays a vital role in achieving ARKA’s long term goal.

  • GEP seeks to improve opportunities for girls and women through their increased participation in formal and alternative education systems.

Formal Primary Schools

  • Government primary schools are typically the only source of education for children in remote rural locations, and the quality of instruction is often poor.

  • Arka has significant experience working with the government to improve the quality of education offered within formal schools and to reduce barriers to accessing these schools, particularly for disadvantaged children.

Alternative Schools and Approaches to Education

  • GEP has also developed a number of highly successful approaches for ensuring that marginalised girls have access to quality education outside of the formal school system.

  • A large percentage of the adolescent girls not in school dropped out or never enrolled because of household demands. Many vulnerable girls marry as early as age 12, and their families do not see the relevance of education to their duties as wives and mothers.

  • These girls may shy away from attending regular primary schools because they are now older than everyone else, and innovative strategies are required to help them return to school and continue their studies.

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) - Working with the ICDS System

  • ICDS is the largest initiative of Government of India with a mandate of providing holistic services to young children for Pre-School Education, Health and immunization at the level of Anganwadi centers (AWC).

  • In Jharkhand, GEP is implementing an ECED programme known as ‘Linked for Learning’. The overall objective of the programme is to ensure that marginalised, especially lower caste children in the age group 3 to 8 have a smooth transition from home to formal schools.

ARKA collaborates with government departments to increase the scale, accessibility and sustainability of  programmes and services


ARKA strives to overcome discriminatory practices that prevent children from accessing and completing their education


ARKA's rural development programmes enable marginalised communities to access greater economic opportunity


With a close network of government and civil society partners, we act quickly to identify and fulfill community needs

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