National Programme for Education of Girls at Elementary Level (NPEGEL), is a focused intervention of Government of India, to reach the “Hardest to Reach” girls, especially those who are not in school. The scheme was launched in July’ 2003, it is an important component of SSA, which provides additional support for enhancing girl’s education over and above the investments for girls education for through normal SSA interventions. The programme provides for development of “model School” in every cluster with more intense community mobilization and supervision of girls enrolment in schools. Gender sensitisation of teachers, development of gender-sensitive learning materials, and provision of need-based incentives like escorts, stationery, workbooks and uniforms are some of the endeavours under the programme.

The Scheme is being implemented in educationally backward blocks (EBBs) where the level of rural female literacy is less than the national average and the gender gap is above the national average; in blocks of districts which are not covered under EBBs but are having at lease 5% SC/ST population and where SC/ST female literacy is below 10%; and also in select urban slums.

While The scheme provides an excellent opportunity to develop context specific strategies to address learning needs of girls and to focused community mobilization and gender sensitization of teachers in an innovative and effective manner.

NPEGEL programme is implemented in 62 EBBs of 18 Districts of the state during 2009-10. The total number of clusters covered under NPEGEL during 2008-09 is 921 including 4 urban slums. Of 921, 108 Model cluster schools are being managed by Mahila Samakhya, Karnataka.