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Life Skill Education Programme

Working with adolescents is an investment for future. Today’s young people are tomorrow’s responsible citizens, leaders and decision makers. The programme, Life Skill Education for Adolescents were implimented in 75 Panchayats in the State with the support of respective Local Self Governments and local non-governmental organisations.

Working with the marginalized sections of the society, especially women and children from the late 90’s equipped Sakhi to frame the programme, Adolescent Life Skill Education Programme (ALSEP) as one of the strategies to tackle the issues faced by the young adults in the society. Sakhi prepared a training manual for life skill education of adolescents in Malayalam called ‘Viriyunna mukulangal’ (Blossoming buds) and DC books published it in 2004. It is in its 3rd edition now.
The Adolescent Life Skill Education programme (ALSEP) through local self governments was initiated in the year 2010 and has been progressing in the selected panchayaths for the last 5 years. Initially, during 2010-2013, we had started implementing it in 25 panchayats of  Thiruvananthapuram district and gradually extended to almost all the districts of Kerala covers 71 panchayats from 12 districts. During this period we have been able to enhance the life skill of 8322 young people (besides equipping 393 local facilitators to carry out the programme). We started the programme exclusively for adolescent girls, but half the way we could realize the need to include boys. The regular follow up meetings of parents demanded us to include boys also the programme. Among the total 8322 adolescent children 5892 were girls and 2430 boys.
We had a state level advisory committee of experts who supported the programme in the various phases and provided valuable guidance.
The advisory committee (2011-15) had the following members
Dr. Yamini Thankachi (Researcher on adolescent issues)
Dr. Bennet Xylem (Pediatrician)
Dr. Amar S. Fettle (State Nodal Officer, Adolescent Health Care, NRHM)
Fr. Joye James (Chairman, Child welfare committee and convener, child line)
Dr. Peter M Raj (Chairman, Child Resource centre, KILA)
Mercy Francis (CDPO) (2011-12)
Aleyamma Vijayan (Secretary, Sakhi)
Mercy Alexander (Cordiantor, Sakhi)

The Panchayats selected In Trivandrum district in the first phase -2009-2012

No.   Name of Panchayath      No. of adolescents      No. of facilitators
1            Kuttichal                                  122                                  12
2            Kallikkad                                 102                                  8
3           Amboori                                     70                                   8
4           Vellarada                                  121                                  10
5           Kunnathukal                            126                                 12
6           Chenkal                                     108                                 10
7           Maranalloor                              112                                  10
8           Kalliyoor                                   109                                   8
9           Karimkulam                              44                                    8
10         Kadinamkulam                         61                                     8
11          Tholikkodu                                96                                    8
12          Panavoor                                  151                                   12
13           Aruvikkara                               73                                     8
14         Vembayam                                 75                                     8
15         Mudakkal                                  170                                   12
16           Edava                                       144                                   10
17           Pallickal                                    59                                     6
18          Nagaroor                                  62                                      6
19          Kilimannoor                           110                                      6
20         Mangalapuram                       130                                     8
21          Poovachal                                167                                     13
22         Uzhamalakkal                         111                                       8
23        Aryankode                                 97                                       6
24        Ottoor                                         75                                       7
25        Poovar                                       60                                        1

Beside this, regular programmes for young girl residents were conducted at Hindu Mahila Mandiram, Poojappura. 50 girls regularly participated here. Occasional sessions were also conducted in various schools on demand from teachers.
The methodologies adopted were group activities, debates, creative activities, quiz, field visit, experience sharing, folk songs, and games. All the sessions were conducted in a participatory manner and this helped the children to analyze and go deep into the subjects. These sessions also helped them to analyze themselves, identify their skills and reduce their limitations Majority of the participants were regular in attendance and enthusiastic in participation. Sessions were organized with the leadership of children which gradually brought leadership quality among  themselves. Special focus was given to improve and develop their personality and communication skills The training session gave an opportunity to open a platform for the girls to share their personal problems and the problems of their friends before a wider circle. Participants at Kuttichal, Vellarada, Kalliyoor, karimkulam Panchayats took initiative to learn cycling. Each session included cultural activities, study class, sports, and games which could develop their self confidence and integral growth to a great extent. A news paper was prepared by girls, in connection with the session on Media which was a new experience to them The specific experiences and the impact of the life skill education to the beneficiary youth in the panchayats of Thiruvananthapuram district motivated Sakhi to extend the programme to the other districts of Kerala. The capabilities gained after the programme by the trainees inspired the necessity  and urge to implement the programme widely to give society a better model of life skill education. Hence Sakhi extended the programme to 11 other districts during 2013 April to 2016 March.

Districts and Panchayats selected in 2013-2014

Kannur  – Cheruthazham and Pariyaram
Wayanad – Batheri and Noolpuzha
Kottayam – Kidangoor and Kanakkari
Ernakulam – Koothattukualm and Elanji
Pathanamthitta  – Pandalam and Pallickal
Alappuzha – Aryad and Mararikkulam north

Districts and Panchayats selected in 2014-2015

Palakkad – Chalavara, Lakkidi Peroor and Anaganadi
Thrissur – Vallathol Nagar, Mulakunnathukavu and Desamangalam
Kottayam – Marangattupilli, Kuravilangadu, Veliyannoor
Ernakulum  – Mulamthuruthy, Chottanikkara, Maneedu
Kollam – Kalluvathukkal, Thrikovilvattopm, and Adichanelloor
Alappuzha  – Kadakkarapalli, Mannacheri and Muhamma

Districts and Panchayats selected in 2015-2016 March

Palakkad – Cherppulassery, Thrithala and Thirumittakkodu
Thrissur – Chelakkara and Mullurkkara
Malappuram – Elamkulam, Angadippuram,Puzhakkattiri
Kasargod – Madikai, Kinanoor-Karinthalam, Kuttikol
Alappuzha – Cheriyanadu and Thiruvanvandoor
Pathanamthitta – Niranam, Kuttoor and Nedumbram

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