Every year on the 24 th of January, the National Girl Child Day is observed in India. The objective of National Girl Child Day is to restate our pledge to ensure equal rights and opportunities for girls. Manzil is a five-year project. The project began in Nov 2019. Manzil enables access of young girls (14- 21 years) to quality vocational education and economic opportunities for increasing their agency to act independently and make their own choices.
The aim is to prevent early marriages and subsequently delay first pregnancies. The project is being implemented in 6 districts, Udaipur, Jaipur, Tonk, Bhilwara, Ajmer, Dungarpur including more than 180 schools, across Rajasthan. Since 2020 the Project has reached over 34000 in-school and out-of-school girls and has placed over 3700 girls in jobs.
The project is implemented in partnership with the Department of Education, Government of Rajasthan and Rajasthan Skills and Livelihood Development Corporation, with the aim to improve:
1. Improve girls’ participation in vocational education and skill training in 6 districts.
2. To reduce the rate of girls dropping out from the courses.
3. Increase the transition rate of girls into higher education and increase their participation in employment opportunities.
A total of 450 females who have benefited from the Manzil initiative and are between the ages of 18 and 22 will attend the event. Additionally, school administrators, training providers, and employers will join the initiative. There will also be girls in attendance who work in Jaipur but are from other intervention districts. A picture book capturing key impact stories will be launched along with a 6 min. movie will be screened, showcasing the success stories of some of the most marginalized girls that Manzil has worked with.
This event will also honour some of its girl achievers and Manzil’s community motivators. The event will be organised at Jaipur, Rajasthan.