Project Area: Yemmiganur Mandal, Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh
Timeline: October 2016 to July 2018
The project seeks to address the concerns of adolescent children in the age group of 15 to 19 years who have not been able to complete their education and are now left without an education or employment. These children are trained in soft skills to make them employable. Those who wish to continue their education are being supported and encouraged to complete the class 10+2 examinations.
The program focused on identifying adolescent girls and boys, motivating them to pursue education, preparing them to take examinations through multiple channels such as Open Schools, or re-enrolment into regular schools. Those opting for skill education were given basic skills in computer education. Children were also given a platform through formation of adolescent committees in which both boys and girls were members. They have taken up several activities for joint and collective action.
- The first step in the intervention was the conducting of a 2-month long survey on the educational status of children aged 5-18 years, in 18 villages of Yemmiganur mandal.
- MVF volunteers held meetings with 26 youth groups in 12 villages to discuss the computer coaching programme, Class 10 exams through Open School and child marriage. They also discussed the problems being faced by the youth.
- A full-time non-residential computer training programme was conducted for 50 adolescent girls through a Skill Development Centre set up in the Yemmiganur mandal headquarters.
- The Course had two components, namely Computers and Spoken English. Classes were held in two sessions – morning and afternoon. Girls attended the first session and boys attended the afternoon session. The Course was primarily intended to benefit dropouts, most of who found it quite difficult to adapt to learning after a long gap. In addition, not all of them had access to computers. Some of the trainees even found it difficult to improve their typing skills.
- 35 Adolescent Girls’ Committees with 529 members helped prevent this by giving them a platform to identify and solve their issues on their own.
- Cluster level training sessions were also held on 6 occasions with resource support from Anganwadi Workers, ASHAs (Accredited Social Health Activists), self-help group members and the volunteers. The primary objective of the sessions was to educate the participants on various aspects of the Child Marriage (Prohibition) Act. A set of 11 Flexi Banners developed by the project team was used for the purpose
Donor: Fair Childhood, GEW Stiftung, BildungstattKinderarabeit