February 24, 2018
More than half of India’s 1.3 billion population is younger than the age of 25. The Indian government estimates that 500 million young people must be trained by 2022!
In the rural area where Basis is establishing its Children’s Village, many of the young people come from difficult or impoverished circumstances. They do not have easy access to vocational training or skills development possibilities. But they all have dreams.
For this reason, even while the rest of the Children’s Village is being developed, Thomas Saverimuthu (founder) and Brinda Adige (program director) have decided to reach out to the Level 10 students at the local school. Through a Needs Assessment, a skills development and mentorship program will be designed in the year to come.
Brinda Adige is positive about the difference that Basis can make in the lives of many young people who are gearing up to venture into a world of opportunities – including opportunities they do not yet know they have. She says, “In the context of globalization today, there is increased demand for skilled and multi-skilled personnel. Basis India’s vocational skill program will enhance children’s life-long learning and attitude towards work, self motivation, communication, teamwork and creativity. This will make a deep and positive impact in the lives of the children from the villages.”
Initial offerings may be a summer computer camp, to run for three weeks in April, and possibly English lessons for other students. All students are keen to study English language, as this is the language of mobility.
Further career and university counseling can occur as the students’ interests, talents, and abilities become evident.
Basis also plans to build its vocational training centre this year, so as to be able to run different kinds of skills development programs and workshops as funds as well as staffing and volunteers allow.
Possible future training programs could include:
- Graphic and website design
- Computer basics
- Software development
- Business Administration
- Culinary Arts
- Organic farming