Digital Gender Atlas

March 30, 2018

 Ministry : Ministry of Human Resource Development in collaboration with UNICEF Children. It is under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan.

 Background:

  1. Although India has achieved high enrolment of girls in primary and upper primary levels of schooling. The rate of enrolment at secondary level for girls remain low. 

  2. Pockets of low performance persist across the country in many states.

  3. All girls are not in school yet, is amply reflected in the low rural female literacy rates, the prevalence of Special Focus Districts (SFD) and Educationally Backward Blocks (EBB), low attendance rates and the number and proportion of out of school girls. What the data reveals about girls' needs further analysis to identify the bottlenecks for targeted planning, for effective implementation and monitoring.

  4. In this scenario, a Gender Atlas for the country has been developed to highlight the issues, geographies and social background of girls that are still a concern and require urgent attention.

Objective:

  1. Digital Gender Atlas has been developed to identify the low performing geographic pockets for girls, particularly from marginalised groups such as scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and Muslim minorities, on specific gender related education indicators.

  2. To ensure equitable education with a focus on vulnerable girls, including girls with disabilities, the Gender Atlas has been developed as a hands on management tool to enable critical decisions and action in pockets where performance is below par.

 Salient Features:

  1. The architecture of the Atlas enables dynamic navigation between geographical representation and numeric data that presents State, District and Block level status on key parameters for girls' education at primary, upper primary and secondary levels.

  2. The Atlas provides a comparative composite index based on quartile ranking of gender related indicators at National, State, District and Block levels.

  3. The Atlas enables a trend analysis and tracking of performance of individual gender related parameters across periods of time.

  4. The Atlas is constructed on an open source platform with an in-built scope of updating data by authorized persons to retain its dynamic character.

 

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