A Fair Economic Development initiative of Development Focus
The India Education Programme has been implemented for last 6 years, with some good results in Jharkhand, Odisha & Chhattisgarh. The approach has been to mobilize the local communities, raise their awareness and build their capacity to claim their entitlement for access to relevant and quality primary education. The India Education Programme- implemented by 55 NGOs in 5 Clusters and 8 small grant projects, has reached more than 875 villages where community organization have been created and strengthened.
Two key initiatives: 'Earn While you Learn' (EWYL) and 'Vocational training' (VT) has value added to the program facilitating realization of objectives and goal of the Education program. While 'EWYL' has addressed education aspirations & practical difficulties of children and parents respectively positively impacting in reduced drop out and quality & relevant education, 'VT' has helped train out of school youth in self employable skills, making education/training relevant to livelihoods.
Having analyzed the livelihood demands and aspirations of the youth and possible products and markets that can be harnessed by thr youth locally, Development Focus has initiated a pilot program on Fair Economic Development and Carbon Mitigation in a major part of the program locations where the education program was implemented in the last 6 years, building upon the people's institutions that have emregeed in these poor parts of India.
Overall Objective: To enhance the quality of life of children and youth of marginalised communities in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Orissa through Fair Economic Development and Carbon Mitigation thereby leading to socially fulfilling, and economically sustainable lives and to create sustainable livelihood opportunities for the communities.
Expected Output of the programme:
Duration of program: 12 Months
Key features of the Pilot :
|Progress and experiences (Half Yearly Assessment)|
|FE Stoves||Solar Lanterns|
|Micro Entrepreneurs Trained||180||140|
|Avg. Income from the Micro Enterprise||Rs. 1000/month||Rs. 600/month|
|% of MEs coping with the demands of Micro Enterprise||50%||40%|
|IPs||MMKK, MSUS, LEADS||SBMS, SMVM, TRCSC|
|IPs||AJKA, WOSCA, WORD, YCDA||SIDI, SEWAK, VARRAT, ORES|
|IPs||BVSS, GSS, BSM||BSJVS, SAVISA|
Close monitoring so far and an informal mid-term assessment indicate the following opportunities and challenges: