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Western Orissa Education Watch

It’s a fundamental necessity of every child in society to have effective health care, free qualitative education, love & affection. But instead of getting assured of these necessities, many children spoil their childhood as cowboys, coping hand in household work, engage in agriculture, forestry, weaving etc. Their lost childhood creates least botheration for the society. Hence YCDA is actively involved to address the issue of education since its inception with support of  Edukans Foundation, Netherland .

The major  thrust of the intervention is to ensure basic education to all eligible children for strengthening  the formal education system , 100 percent enrollment and retention and  network with civil society organization including Self Help Groups in the district  from micro to macro level , develop their capacity to ensure that the underprivileged children access relevant education on a sustainable basis.

Project at a glance

YCDA initiated the programme on quality primary education  at  96 villages of 4 Gram Panchayat in Boudh and Kantamal Block of Boudh district  in the year 2007 under Western Orissa Education Watch Programme

No of GP 4
No of villages 94
School in project area 51
Children Club 60
Education Watch committee 51
CLA 11

Target Group:     
6-14 years school going and dropout children , 15-18 years dropout youth .


  • 100 % enrollment of children and retention monitoring
  • Improve the situation of existing local formal schools and ensure right to education of   under privileged children in the age group of 6 – 14 Years in school system.
  • Strengthen women groups, build up their capacity and facilitate them in linking up with various support agencies .
  • Introduce lifeskill education and livelihood skill education to make education more relevant


  • Poverty Reduction
  • Strengthening Civil  Society
  • Lobby and Advocacy

 Key Activities

Poverty reduction

  • Enrollment drive and retention monitoring in 58 schools.
  • Soft skill and livelihood skill Training to school goer’s children and non school goers children.
  • Sunday class and Special Sunday Class for school goers for capacity building of children .
  • Teachers training and meeting

Strengthening civil society

  • GP level consultation on quality education to Sensitize  different stakeholders on Orissa RTE rule.
  • Organize Panchayat level Result sharing workshop
  • Training to EWF, VEC and CLA members on their role and responsibility towards education issue.

Lobby and advocacy

  • Reality check in school about the programmes and activities, identify issue and consultation with district administration to address.
  • Agitation, Rally and submission of memorandum on books and teachers issues.


Small initiative but big changes 

Sujata, a member of Gochgora children’s  club started to cry as one visitor of WOEW asked her name during children club meeting .Suddenly everyone gets embarrassed and somehow GP volunteer of the panchyat managed the situation. In absence of her we came to know she is depressed after the death of his father .But she is continuing her study with help of small support of project. 

Sujata, 11 years   a semi orphan girl,is reading in Gochhagora primary school of Kantamal block of Boudh district. She lives with her mother and somehow earns her livelihood from daily labour . Due to poverty her mother can not fulfill the educational requirement of the child. Therefore, she suffers and occasionally she started to be absent in class.

At the time, YCDA planned to help to children under earn while you learn, where a child can earn at the time of learning. Sujata was involved in the programme and supported by 1 duck. Within couple of month duck gave chicks, costing Rs 30 per chick . She was trained on  how to rear duck. After 8 month the duck give birth of 10 chicks, which is sold for 1500 rupees and brought one goat for rearing. During last year the duck gave   birth to another 40 chicks which   she sold it in 3000 rupees and saved in near by post office by her name. Now she has 10 new chicks and the goat also gave  birth two new kids. Her  total  asset is around 8000 Rs She herself look after her ducks and Goat .Simultaneously goes to school, play with other children and She does not like to stop her study so soon.

Recent News

Friday, 22 February 2019

A Event on “Why Family Matters:

Why Family Matters” Programme has been organized by YCDA in collaboration with Unicef, Odisha at Hotel Bhamars on 31st January 2019.The objective of the programme was to sensitize to the community stakeholders on why family matters for every child and what are the various options available in the ICPS and JJ system. Around 120 participants from District administration & govt.officials including District sub collector Mr. Bhairab sing Patel, DCPU,CWC,JJB & CCIs and understand the concept that for every child family matters and to prepare them for the sponsorship in family based care.

State Level Consultation on Standards of Care in CCIs:

A State level consultation on standards of care in CCIs was conducted on 29th January 2019 at the Hotel Suryansh . around 65 participants i.e CWCs, DCPUs & CCI personnel have been participated & oriented from Odisha..Mr Harihar Naik ,Mem OSCPCR participated in the programme as a chief guest to prioritize the thoughts of up calling the standards of care in CCIs of Odisha. As technical support the national eminent Ms. Priti Pattkar and Ms. Madhumita Dash Consultant W&CD facilitated the programme.

State Level Workshop on De-institutionalization & Transition:

A State Level Workshop on De-institutionalization & Transition has been organized in collaboration with W&CD and Unicef on 28th January 2019 at Hotel Kalinga Ashok. Around 80 CWC chairpersons & DCPUs staffs has been participated in the programme & got aware on the De-institutionalization and transition. The national eminent Ms. Nina Nayak , former chair person KSCPCR and Ms Anu Garg, Principal secretary W&CD , Dr. Monika Oldedzka Nielsen, Unicef Chief field office & Mr Rajendra Meher, Convenor YCDA-Resource Centre were facilitated the programme.

District Level Launching of Agriculture Production Cluster:

District level Launching of Agriculture Production Cluster Project, of Kantamal, has been organized at, New Collectorate Conference Hall Boudh on 8th Feb.2019 with the Chairmanship of Collector, Boudh.

Health Camps:

25 Health Camps has been organized at Boudh , Sonepur & Balangir in collaboration with Health Department in the month of October-2018 to January-2019 . With the support of L & T Financial services & SEWA Bharat, 6173 beneficiaries from 85 villages received free health check up & medicine services. The objective of the camps is to building awareness and health facilities amongst the poor peoples.

Convergence Meeting with Stakeholders on Migrants issues:

Convergence week meeting was organized at Block Conference Hall, Khariar by YCDA where Block level line department such as Block executive officers, BPM, AAO of agriculture department, PEOs and Sarpanchs participated and migrants issues have been discussed with action plan

Training Programme for Migrant SHG Members:

Training Programme was organized for Migrant SHG members on trade specific i.e Commercial Organic Vegetable Cultivation & Marketing, Commercial Mushroom Cultivation, Country Bird Rearing & Homemade Agarbati Rolling & Marketing for 30 SHG members in each trade in the month of Dec.2018 with the support of NABARD & SBIRSETI, Balangir

Inauguration of Seasonal Hostel:

2 Nos. of Seasonal Hostels was inaugurated on 1st & 2nd December 2018 by YCDA initiative where 68 school going children of migrants households have been enrolled.

Internal Examination for Adult Learners :

Conducted Internal Examination for 19862 numbers of target adult learners through 300 ALP centres and 18,236 learners have qualified in the examination for the fourth batch of ALP.

Teachers Training on CSE:

On 3rd& 4th November, the 2nd Phase Teachers training has been organized. 25 nos. of participants i.e School teachers,CRCCs & Peer Educators from 4 Respective Gram Panchayat of 8 Upper Primary School has been participated in the training programme. The main objective of the training programme was to build capacity of teachers to conduct CSE Classes on chapter 9 to 16.

Class room observations:

In 8 schools, Classroom observation of Mo Katha Mo Kahani was conducted during the month of October & November in 8 schools during the running of Sessions 7 or 8. The Classroom observation was observed by the CRCCs, School Hms & YCDA Staffs. The purpose of the exercise is to ensure quality classes and to support the teachers by giving them feedback to improve skills to conduct CSE classes effectively.

Post KAP of 1st Phase & Pre KAP of 2nd Phase curriculum with School Children:-

In the month of November, the Post KAP of 1st phase & Pre KAP of 2nd Phase has been conducted in 8 piloted schools. The part one of Mo Katha Mo Kahani curriculum has been finished successfully where 854 adolescents pre and post KAP done.


Mr. Rajendra Meher (CEO)

Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA)
At/Po - Baunsuni, Tikirapada Road
Dist-Boudh, Odisha-76215, India
Tel- 9437194954/ 7750018377
Email- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website : www.ycdaindia.org

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