The Government High School, Advoi, organised a function to popularise the flagship programme ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’.
The key objectives of the programme were to create a general awareness about various measures towards the well-being of the girl child, improvement of the efficiency of welfare services for girls, motivate and encourage them to pursue education, prevent gender biased sex selection and ensure survival and protection of girl child. Chief guest at the function was senior teacher, Progress High School, Sankhali, Daya Tendulkar and guest of honour was ex-student, Bindhiya Kansekar.
Welcoming the gathering school headmistress, Azra Ansari spoke about the declining child sex ratio in the country and called for urgent necessity of remedial measures to correct the situation. “Coordinated, coherent and convergent efforts are the need of hour to ensure survival, protection and empowerment of girl child,” she said. Ansari complimented women for their contribution towards the enrichment of society and valuable contribution in various sectors thereby helping in national development.
In her speech Tendulkar emphasised on the importance of beti in the family and her immense contribution in building a healthy society and further called upon the daughters to lead a disciplined and respectful life.
Kansekar spoke on the present scenario of the sex ratio between boys and girls in India and listed various women-centric schemes launched by the government, and urged girls to derive maximum benefits from the same and also to propagate the same in their vicinity for wider reach.
A play on the girl child conceptualised, written and directed by theater art teacher, Pramod Mahadeshwar was presented by students.
On this occasion, teacher Shivani Gawade also expressed her views on this topic, while other teachers namely, Akshata Haldonkar and Nena Gawade presented their self-composed poems on ‘betiya’.