- The Union Government has signed a Financing Agreement with World Bank for IDA credit of $63 million for the Tejaswini Socio-Economic Empowerment of Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Project.
- It is World Bank’s first project in India solely focused on the welfare of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) aged between 14 and 24 to complete their secondary level education and provide relevant skills for job market.
It seeks to empower adolescent girls with basic life skills to acquire market driven skill training or completion of secondary education, depending on the inclination of the beneficiary.
Its three main components are
- Expanding social, educational and economic opportunities: Support Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW )to achieve greater social, educational, and economic empowerment at community level and institutional level.
- Intensive service delivery: It will evaluate more intensive community-level service delivery models focused on increasing AGYW’s access to educational interventions, training and employment opportunities
- State capacity-building and implementation support: It aims to support strengthening of institutional capacity and outreach of concerned government agencies to enable effective and efficient delivery of services for AGYW in the state.
- Life skills education includes four core elements:
- Resilience and soft skills
- Rights and protections
- Health and nutrition.
- Financial literacy.
The project is being delivered in 17 Districts of Jharkhand.
About 680,000 adolescent girls and young women in these districts are expected to benefit from the program.