BBBP scheme in Nagaland yields positive results

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 1/23/2021 11:04:38 AM IST

On the occasion of Girl Child Day, various activities have been conducted in the state under Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP) scheme.  

SRCW Nagaland: Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), save the girl child, educate the girl child, is a scheme by the government of India aimed at ensuring survival, protection, education and participation of the girl child. 

A press release by SRCW Nagaland stated that, in Nagaland, it was launched on October 13, 2015 by the then chief minister, T.R. Zeliang. Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB) is the implementing agency of BBBP state level and the State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW) is the Project Management Unit (PMU). At district level, it was implemented by the district administration through the District Level Centre for Women (DLCW), Mahila Shakti Kendra in the multi-sectoral action districts such as Mon, Wokha, Mokokchung, Peren, Phek, Longleng and Tuensang, and advocacy and media plan districts such as Kohima, Zunheboto, Dimapur and Kiphire.

According to the 2011 census, the literacy rate in Nagaland were higher in males as compared to females, and one of the primary factors attributing to this was because females were regarded as temporary members of the family, hence, investment in girls were seen as unnecessary.

On account of this, particularly in the rural areas, parents prefer to send male children to private schools which are deemed to provide quality education while female children are sent to government schools which provide free schooling but are often limited by infrastructure and resources.

Being denied quality education, most girls often drop out of school at a young age, further leading to the subordination of their role in the family and in the society. To empower these girls, focus is given on skill development which would enable economic participation and empowerment.

BBBP scheme in Nagaland has fared quite well in its implementation and has been awarded a national award for best performing state under BBBP on January 24, 2019. Wokha district also received two national awards- “effective community engagement” on January 24, 2019 and on September 6, 2019, it was amongst the ten districts in India felicitated for undertaking “good work in generating awareness and outreach activities.”

BBBP implementing agencies in Nagaland have worked extensively in ensuring that the welfare of the girl child is not compromised in the face of societal gender roles and norms.

Leshemi village: District administration & DLCW-Mahila Shakti Kendra (BBBP) organised an awareness programme-cum-exhibition on traditional weaving techniques at Leshemi village under Phek district on January 23 as part of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao week 2021.

A press release by DLCW-MSK stated that, discussion was also held with the village women folks on new design techniques and ways to open to new markets across India. SDO (C) nodal officer BBBP, Phek, N Bhavani Sri speaking on the occasion viewed that stinging nettles fabric would have an excellent market, if the supply chain could be properly streamlined and also encouraged the women folks to come up with more modern designs. 

While appreciating the Leshemi women society for their recent efforts in connecting with right designers and brands, she also stressed on importance of preserving local methods and practices. She urged the women folks to make sure that traditional methods adopt to modernity in order to keep the products in demand and relevant. 

EAC Phek, Wetsho Lasushe said weaving should not be considered only as part of culture but also as a profession but that innovative ideas should get reflected in the designing of the products and thereby making it marketable.

Chairperson Neipetso Lomi in the introductory speech  said that the stinging nettles (Thebvo in Kuzhale) practices was passed down by forefathers and was believed that Thebvo production originated from Leshemi in Chakhesang area. 

Leshemi village holds and preserves the tradition and culture of Thebvo production till today. In order to preserve this culture, the village has created a brand by the name Leshemi Origins, he informed. 

Women folk from the village demonstrated the making of stinging nettles which is also known as Thebvo in Kuzhale. As part of the BBBP week 2021, district administration & DLCW- Mahila Shakti Kendra (BBBP) are organising various activities from January 21 to 26.

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