Since its inception in 2004, the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) scheme has targeted Educationally Backward Blocks (EBBs) where female rural literacy was below the national average and the gender gap in literacy was more than the national average. Most girls who arrive in the KGBV system have either never attended primary school (Classes 1-5) or have dropped out of formal education. Consequently, when starting Class 6, many girls have minimal literacy skills in Hindi and no literacy skills in English.
The British Council and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Uttar Pradesh in partnership with UNICEF established the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) project in 2017. This project aimed at working with 746 English teachers and impact over 7460 learners per year in KGBV schools across the state.
The aim of the project was to develop teachers’ English proficiency and encourage them to use more learner-centred approaches in their classrooms in order to develop learners’ exposure to the language and active involvement to improve learning outcomes.