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|
|Education Watch committee||51|
6-14 years school going and dropout children , 15-18 years dropout youth .
Strengthening civil society
Lobby and advocacy
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.
Mr. Rajendra Meher (CEO)
Youth Council for Development Alternatives (YCDA)
At/Po - Baunsuni, Tikirapada Road
Dist-Boudh, Odisha-76215, India
Tel- 9437194954/ 7750018377
Website : www.ycdaindia.org