Taaron Ki Toli Programme

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Key Information

Taaron ki Toli (TKT) is a school-based program for adolescent girls and boys (aged 11 to 14) in grades six to eight, which aims to change gender attitudes, aspirations, and behaviours of students that sustain gender inequalities. The curriculum is designed to develop the psychological, interpersonal, and social skills of adolescents and uses games, songs, drawing, and other activities to discuss topics such as gender stereotypes, gender roles at home, girls’ education, women’s employment outside the home, and harassment. Taaron Ki Toli has helped to incorporate a gender lens into middle school subject curricula based on the contextual needs of the region. The curriculum was accompanied with training modules for teachers, school leaders and officers to build overall gender sensitivity and develop the capacity to deliver the curriculum. Taaron Ki Toli has promoted a club based intervention in 150 schools with nearly 18000 adolescents. 

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia


Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


2014 -

Ministry Affiliation

Directorate of School Education, Government of Haryana


Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Secondary completion

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence
  • Teacher training

Cross-cutting areas

  • Community sensitization
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Masculinities/boys
  • Other aspects of sexual and reproductive health
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys in school, Girls in school, Youth


11 - 14

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

  • Upper primary
  • Lower secondary

Other populations reached

  • School administrators
  • Teachers - female
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Community engagement/advocacy/sensitization

  • Community mobilization
  • General awareness-raising/community engagement


  • Gender-sensitive curricula

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power

Mentoring/psychosocial support

  • Adult (non-teacher) mentors


  • Other activities to address/end violence (not captured above)
  • Sports programs

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents
  • Media campaigns


  • In-service teacher training – gender-responsive pedagogy

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training
  • Leadership training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Curricula, teaching and learning materials are free of gender-bias and stereotypes
  • Improved critical thinking
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Reduced absenteeism

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Improved health - other
  • Improved mental health
  • Improved sexual and reproductive health
  • Increased advocacy/civic engagement
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased knowledge of rights
  • More equal power in relationships
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms
  • Reduced school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV)

Additional Information Back to Top

Primary Contact

Sohini Bhattacharya, CEO