Operation blackboard and Climate Action Award
What’s in news?
- Over 41,000 women learn the Telugu alphabet from their own children and clear exam conducted by National Institute of Open Schooling. And especially women in Telangana’s Sangareddy district can now feel the power of the written word after learning the alphabet for the first time.
- Operation blackboard is a scheme implemented by government of India in 1987 as per the recommendation, produced by the NPE of 1986 during the regime of Rajiv Gandhi.
- The major aims of Operation blackboard were to improve the
- quality of primary education
- reducing the rate of wastage and stagnation
- attracting more children especially girl children into the primary educational sector for realizing the dream of education for all.
- The scheme mainly focused on providing at least two classrooms in every primary school; necessary toilets exclusive for girls and boys; appointing women teachers at least fifty percentage of the total teachers etc.
UN CLIMATE ACTION AWARD
What’s in news?
- Indian Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Mahila Housing Sewa Trust To Receive UN Climate Action Award For Empowering Women To Fight Climate Change
- It is one of the 15 recipients of the 2019 United Nations Global Climate Action Awards that help shine a light on some of the most practical examples of what people across the globe are doing to combat climate change.
- The award will be given at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25), hosted by the Chilean government in Madrid in Spain, on December 10.
- The project is centred around an integrated model wherein women take the lead through collective action and technology incubation to devise locally relevant, pro poor, gender-sensitive and climate-resilient solutions.
- Through project like these the Mahila Housing Sewa Trust is empowering women to take action against four major climate risks: heat waves, flooding and inundation, water scarcity, and water-vector-borne diseases, says the United Nations Climate Change.
- Over 1,500 women have been trained as climate-saathis, who are responsible for communicating the issue of climate change with their community in their local language.
- The Mahila Housing Sewa Trust’s initiatives have so far helped 25,000 low-income families across seven cities in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
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