School takes Promise from Parents!!

School takes Promise from Parents!!

Bengal schools as a part of a process of awareness and in some cases, intervention by the school and to Empower girls, prevent dropouts and eradicate child marriage. They are taking a sign from parents on a letter. They are not forcing anyone to sign, and do not take any action against parents who refuse… they will counsel them. However, they are yet to find a parent who has not agreed to sign. “I will not get my daughter married before she reaches the age of 18. She will not be a school dropout. I will educate her and after she attains the age of 18, I will arrange for her marriage.”This is the text of an undertaking for parents of girl students at a school in West Bengal, near the Bangladesh border. The voluntary one-page undertaking, in Bengali, was handed out last month and, officials say, 1,800 parents have already signed up at the Lashkarpur High School in Lalgola, Murshidabad. The school has 1,957 girls, well over half the total strength of 3,205 students hailing from the 22 villages in the area.School authorities have also formed a Kanyashree group, in line with the state government’s project for school girls. In the villages members of the group maintain vigil and report any move by parents to conduct child marriages. The school’s teachers then step in to speak with the parents and, if needed, take the help of police and the district administration.Since 2013, they have been organizing awareness campaigns and parent-teacher meetings focusing on prevention of child marriages, which were once common here.There is a trend of early marriages in these parts. Since the men remain outside for work for most of the year, the mothers take care of the girls. They find it convenient to get their daughters married early.In Lalgola, parents and guardians are slowly warming up to the initiative and they are feeling it as a noble idea all parents are supporting it.

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