Life skills scheme launched for adolescent boys
- Government has recently launched a fresh scheme, ‘Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Boys’ to empower the adolescent boys.
- It is also called as project ‘Saksham’ that aims to empower the overall development of youngsters, to make them self-dependant, gender-sensitive, and aware citizens. It will also help them deal with gender violence, and harness their power for the nation-building.
- It will address the needs of adolescent boys, (both the school-going and outside of the school), of ages between 11 to 18 years. The age group is further subdivided as 11 to 14, and 14 to 18.
- Initially, it will be executed in 20 districts across 7 States, and benefit around 6 lakh adolescent boys every year. It will help them to address their various health needs – mental, physical, and emotional in an effective manner.
- It will spread the awareness of cleanliness, nutrition, sexual, and reproductive health among teenage boys. Along with the life-skills education and public services information, it will offer career skills to the boys above 16, through NSDP (National Skill Development Program).
- Ministry of Labour & Employment had already chosen the Vocational Service Providers under National Skill Development Programme. Now, these providers will support ‘Saksham’ for providing career training.
- ‘Saksham’ will utilise the structures made under ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services Scheme). Dedicated ‘Saksham’ units/cells will be formed at the Center, each State, districts, and blocks.
- The Anganwadi centres are the central points to deliver the services, and if the Anganwadi infrastructure is inadequate, they will use panchayat halls, community centers, or schools.
- Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Boys
- National Skill Development Programme