Advocacy

From time to time, Vikramshila undertakes experiments and action researches to try out new ideas, and explore ways to address increasingly important social issues. These ideas are hypothesized, problematised and relevant course of actions are developed for implementation at a pilot level. After a couple of years, the hypothesis is proved or disproved. In cases that the experiment succeeds, the pilot project with its idea and implementation plan is shared with the relevant government authorities for advocacy and upscaling.  Two such programmes have been Education to Employability and Citizenship Education.   

 

Education to Employability Project  

 

In 2008, Vikramshila delved into a new progamme that aimed to the issue of the ever increasing gap between the existing skills and capabilities of high school graduates and the needs of the industry outside. The Education to Employability project , supported by Micheal and Susan Dell Foundation was piloted in several Bengali-medium, government secondary schools in the city and outskirts,  to offer remediation, soft skills and communicative English support, IT education and career counseling to students from high school, to provide them with the necessary soft skills and tools to make them employable.

The project had been developed within the framework of our school education system, to enable the involvement of all stakeholders – students, teachers as well as the parents. It was seen that the current parental aspiration revolves around a handful of careers, and subject choices made somewhat arbitrarily. The project attempted a holistic engagement that seeked to work with children in schools and empower them to chart out their own career paths.

 

After its initial success, the project was accepted and undertaken by Paschim Banga Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (PBRMSA), Govt. of West Bengal as a good model and has subsequently been introduced to 30 government and government aided  schools in and around the city of Kolkata as an “innovative project” on a pilot basis with effect from April 2012. MHRD, Government of India, has approved and given their consent on the proposal. The project is implemented in collaboration with Vikramshila Education Resource Society.

 

Programme Highlights:

*      Setting up Career Hubs in schools

*      Teacher Training and Capacity Building

*      Psychometric Testing of students

*      Career Counseling of students

*      Communicative English and Soft Skill classes (camps)

*      IT classes (camps)

*      Impact measuring Tests (Baseline and End line)

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Citizenship Development Centre

The Model Citizenship Development Center ,located at Titagarh in the North 24 Paraganas,  was a unique initiative  of Vikramshila in partnership with the Kolkata Urban Social Project spanning 250 children (age group 10 to 18 in one group and age 18+ in another group ) from low income families; with a view to promote their social integration, citizenship education  and security. Children especially at the vulnerable adolescent stage lack necessary physical, economic, social and emotional security at their home environment and also lack support needed for academic progress in school as well as appropriate career guidance for future.

Vikramshila’s objective was to develop demonstrative models of active citizenry in the community by empowering and enabling these children.  The programme offers a basket of services to children and attempts to develop linkages between the center and the local municipality to transform the latter into a


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