ASHA had organized essay competition for girls group in Janata Vasahat for one year starting from January 2022 with the aim of enhancing the thinking, imagination and expression of the girls in the group. The competition was held from January 2022 to December 2022. The topics for this competition have been decided through discussion with the girls. Before writing the essays girls received inputs related to topic from the experts. Some of the topics of the essay competition are as follows: My favorite sport, Effects of Covid on life, health is wealth, importance of education, my dream, If women are not educated etc.
All the girls from 4th to 12th std wrote the essays in 2 groups. First group comprising of 4th to 8th std and second group is of 9th to 12th std. All the essays were evaluated by panel of judges and cash prizes has been given every month to first 3 rankers from each group. We gave prizes to winners every month in special prize distribution program. At the end of the competition ASHA also felicitated the girls who have shown steady progress in essay writing throughout the year though they have not won any prizes. The prize money was directly transferred in girl’s bank accounts so girls also started understanding banking transactions. Few girls utilized their money for their education purpose; few girls used it for their sibling’s education. ASHA also gave books to all essay competition participants every month related to the topic of that month. Social worker has observed that this essay competition has helped girls in improving their writing speed as well as expression of thoughts after 2 years of online schooling during Covid times. This essay competition has helped girls in improving their handwriting, writing speed, expression of thoughts, presentation skills, reading and they become more confident in studies and day today life.