Help teens learn life skills
Focus: Education, Children and Youth, Livelihoods
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Every ₹10,000 raised will provide one teen with life skills
The education system in India is primarily focused on attaining test scores, with little attention paid to other competencies - such as those in attitudes and behaviour - that are needed to lead responsible adult lives. Key to these is self-worth, which most disadvantaged adolescents lack. LAB provides a platform for youth to discover themselves, learn to work in teams and manage time and stress, thus preparing them to meet life's challenges.WHY LUCKNOW
Lucknow is capital of India's largest state - and also one of the poorest. According to the 2011 Census, there are 48million adolescents in Uttar Pradesh, six million of whom are enrolled for higher education. A majority of them will graduate devoid of the critical personal skills required for the job market and life's other challenges. Medha are striving to address this mammoth problem, one LAB programme at a time.
Education that helps young people develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, that builds their sense of personal worth and agency, and teaches them to interact with others constructively and effectively, has transformative potential.
The training has helped me overcome my fear of facing the public. I now feel more confident to share my ideas with others and actively participate in discussions.
My LAB journey has been very special! I learned about teamwork, public speaking and group discussions, all new to me. But, above all, my perception about myself has changed. The fact that I am poor and come from a small town does not affect me anymore.
First, Medha will identify a partner institution where the training will be delivered. A batch of 25 students will be created through a registration process. Depending on the school timetable, the LAB sessions will be conducted for a duration of one hour every day during regular school hours - totalling 30 hours for each student. A before and after self-assessment and trainer assessment will measure the impact the programme.
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