In Life Skills Education (LSE), Vikramshila has in the past, partnered with UNICEF West Bengal in developing a Life Skills Curriculum for 6000 underprivileged girls residing in 92 hostels under the KGBV scheme. It is also providing support to UNICEF Bihar in designing a Life and Career Skills Curriculum to be rolled out to students of 100 secondary schools of Bihar under their Government of India’s Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (RMSA).
We embarked on a new path by consolidating our learnings and expertise in different areas to create an empowerment program that would benefit under-served and under resourced young women. The idea was to create a much-needed program where English was the primary tool for empowerment. With support from a variety of experts a 100-hour module was developed that incorporated essential components on life skills, career readiness, digital literacy and financial literacy.
The module has been tried out with high school graduates and was found to be immensely successful. Within a short span of 21 Days, we could maximize impact and learnings by making the sessions outcome driven, experiential and targeted. The module was further fine-tuned and revamped to incorporate new ideas and skills for a new program on empowerment ‘Udita’ reaching out to under-served women leaders.
Life Skills and Career Readiness Camp
With a special focus on women empowerment, the Life Skills and Career Readiness camp reached out to 100 high school girls from government aided vernacular medium schools. The 21- day camp in collaboration with the U.S consulate General Kolkata was an effort to weave together Vikramshila’s different strands of experience in Life Skills Education (LSE) to develop innovative content, integrating life skills with the employability domain. Several innovative activities were undertaken during the camp such as the
Scavenger Hunt, Gallery Walk, Earth Day Celebration and the HR panel Discussion.
Innovative Strategies used in the Camp
• Audio/visuals to introduce concepts
• Use of protocols like think-pair-share, knee to knee, carousel to ensure cooperative learning
• Ice breakers, warm ups to make the camp fun and engaging
• Interactive quizzes, role plays, communication practice
• Innovative grouping and reinforcement strategies to increase motivation