LIFE SKILL EDUCATION

Children face a set of vulnerabilities in the transitory phase of life when they step into adulthood and the next immediate phase of youth. The transition is a critical stage of human development during which young people leave childhood behind and take up new roles and responsibilities. It is a period of social, psychological, economical and biological transitions. To a large degree, the nature and quality of young people’s future lives depend on how successfully they negotiate through this critical period. Not just the children or adolescents, women also go through situations where they are not able to make the right decisions for themselves. They lack the skills to handle critical situations leading to emotional, physical and mental breakdown.

Realising the need to equip the communities with necessary life skills, HBT has been imparting life skills training to women, youth and adolescents with support from Gram Tarang Employment & Training and GAP Foundation. The life skills program is a wide-ranging behaviour change approach focusing on the development of skills needed for life such as communication, decision – making, thinking, managing emotions, assertiveness, self – esteem building and relationship skills.

Activities

• Self – advancement training to 3000 women under difficult circumstances
• Gender training conducted to sensitize men and boys on gender equality on critical concepts of masculinity, patriarchy and intersectionality
• Peer leaders training on social issues relating to gender – based discrimination, different forms of violence against women and child marriage
• Training of adolescent girls on menstrual health and hygiene and effective menstruation management
• Health education training and orientation on nutrition, sexual reproductive health, mental health, HIV/ AIDS and on non – communicable diseases

Impact

• 3000 women can make important decisions pertaining to their life and families with improved problem – solving skills
• Inter – personal relationships and communications skills of women, youth and adolescents developed
• Women are competent to cope with the basic challenges of life and feeling worthy
• Women have developed the ability to demonstrate aptitude, take initiative and improve quality of work
• 40 youth aware on the relationship between gender equality, sustainable development and human rights and on serving both as change agents and target groups in realising gender equality and gender justice for all
• 60 youth peer leaders fully aware of their rights and responsibilities and are actively involved in community development
• 220 youth empowered and engaged as achieving smart city goals

From the Field

Deepanjali Swain: 18 years old Deepanjali has an educational aspiration in spite of experiencing struggle and challenges to complete her studies in +2 science with 40% mark. She had to drop out of her studies due to financial crisis of her family. Parents of Deepanjali deal with the major challenge of raising 6 children and education is thus perceived as high-priced indulgence which made her discontinue her studies after intermediate.

A huge enthusiast, Deepanjali is an active Peer Leader in her community and conducts training related to health awareness modules and leadership amongst the adolescent girls of her community as part ofHumaraBachpan’s work which is being supported by Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited and UNFPA.

She has been shortlisted for the HumaraBachpan Fellowship recently due to her passion and active interest towards continuing her studies and will pursue her under graduate degree in Labrotory Science in Centurion University of Technology & Management.