YTHs & VVKs

The Youth Tech Hub (YTH)

The core constituency being Dalit, Tribal and Muslim, Youth Tech Hubs (YTHs) are promoted among Dalit and Muslim young women and men in Delhi. In keeping with the principle of CSEI the YTH are evolved with and in collaboration with the Community Led Organizations at the habitation levels.

The Youth Tech Hub (YTH) The Youth Tech Hub is a community based space for young women and men from marginalized communities to explore themselves, talk about their education, dreams, hobbies, ambitions; life skills through experiential learning, participate in various kind of workshops, mentoring processes and build leadership qualities; map community, have awareness campaign and connect community youth with education, employability, entrepreneurial opportunities and constitutional rights. Being excluded and marginalized youth, their empowerment contributes direct to youth demographic dividend at the national level.

Opportunities at the YTH

  • An open space where young women and men from socially excluded communities can access local and global information and knowledge and be guided to explore knowledge building and opportunities through internet services/ information technology.
  • Explore choices and access to available institutions (government, private and global) and opportunities for suitable skills development trainings, employment, entrepreneurship and higher studies.
  • Link with one another and other young people from diverse fields and social backgrounds promoting social inclusion, networking and platform building.

strategies are outlined in the 4 pillars of the youth programme – personality development, information and opportunities, excel in education and contribute to communities. The process has emerged as the Ambedkar Students Forums (ASF) at the panchayat level in Bihar. They were further federated as the Bihar Ambedkar Students Forum (BASF) at the state level. In Delhi they have evolved as Youth Tech Hubs (YTHs).

Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion Annual Report 2015 – 2016 / 22

• Ways to contribute to socially excluded communities’ empowerment in the bastis.

S No

Location

Youth Facilitator

CLO

Initiated

1

Karol Bagh

Vijay Kumar

Ideal Youth Club

2014

2

Rajasthan Colony

Hemlata Kansottia Rajini Singh

Labour Education and Development Society (LEDS)

2015

3

Kusumpur Pahari

Sunita Chouhan Priyanka

4B Foundation – Bachpan, Bachav, Badna, Batcheet…

2015

4

Janta Mazdoor Colony (JMC)

Asif Md. Farheen

Nai Umang Nai Sonch

2015

5

Adarsh Nagar

Hashib Alam

YUVA

2016

Processes in the YTH

  • Establishing YTH: The process was initiated in Kusumpur Pahari and Janta Majdoor Colony with workshops on the role and relevance of the YTH to the youth in the community. The process included identifying common issues and mapping aspirations; with the YTH as the space for sharing and pursuing common interests collectively.
  • Challenge by Choice: An exercise that is conducted from time to time to motivate youth to pursue their interests and move forward in life. The process involves helping the youth identify their own spaces when they are in i) comfort spaces, ii) stretch spaces, iii) panic spaces. The process makes youth conscious and moves them out of comfort spaces to stretch spaces but not be too long in panic spaces.
  • Behaviour Contract: This is an important process in building the YTH. Given that youth with diverse experiences and interests come to the space, an important process is to set boundaries to the engagement in the space, respecting and supporting one another. A concern is also that young women and men come to the space and respect and safety of girls. The youth identify what actions and behaviour are acceptable in the YTH and what is not. Everyone is responsible to point out what is not acceptable and is presented as ‘what will break the egg?’
  • Self-Reflection: An exercise where the young people are encouraged to map out the various activities they were engaged in over a period of time (week) and see what was good use of time and what time was spent on unproductive activities. The exercise surprise the youth themselves and lead to conscious time and activities choices.
  • Gender Awareness: A process undertaken often in the YTH is to discuss gender dimensions in society, families and their own beliefs and practices. Following a four days gender training to the facilitators and core group from the YTH- the members have taken it upon themselves to bring this discussion into the YTH. A deepening of the discussions is seen in their cultural conditioning of girls and women in their own families and its impact on the girls and women themselves and the family/community.
  • Understanding equity in practical terms: Various discussions are held on issues of social exclusion and equity with practical examples. The easy examples are located in gender and disability issues.

Vyaktitva Vikas Kendra (VVK)

Vyaktitva Vikas Kendra (VVK) is a space for Musahar children in around 10 tolas in the block of Dhanarua in the Patna district and also in 4 other districts of Bihar. The main objective of the centre is to connect youth with education and leadership building. It has a computer room and a spacious reading room. The computer room is equipped with two computers, a generator and an internet connection. We are in the process of establishing computer-based learning modules for learning computers, English and mathematics. The reading room has over 250 books, textbooks, magazines and newspapers. Reading material is both in Hindi and in English. It is also stocked with books that help with competitive examinations. Mathematics and Science learning kits are available for a more hands-on learning experience of these often feared subjects. VVK has games and sports equipment available in the learning center. Learning in VVK is designed to be collaborative and experiential in nature. Emphasis is given on making learning more relevant to the lives of children and the society in which they live. VVK is designed to be a space that children find their own. VVK sees regular attendance from over 50 students from nearby communities. It is a learning space where children experience freedom and ownership. VVK is conceptualized to be run by these children from one of the most marginalized communities in Bihar. Centre for Social Equity and Inclusion (CSEI) has a unique vision for children from socially excluded communities. CSEI believes in organizing youth in these villages and honing them to be role models of their communities. The older children and youth who visit the VVK get a monthly scholarship from CSEI to support their education and they pay it back by constructing and leading a village-level learning centre in their own communities. It is by this process, they learn to be

learning center in their own communities. It is by this process, they learn to be responsible leaders who not only grow themselves but assist learning for others around them. We are currently designing certificate courses on Computer Application and Human Rights to be implemented in VVK. Vyaktitva Vikas Kendra is a place for holistic development of children that is anchored by children themselves. It is a pioneering concept that demonstrates what it takes to truly empower children from these excluded communities.

On 15th August 2014 VVK had open ceremony where all the staff and guest have been invited to facilitate the new opening of programme. In VVK the first ever computer class had started in different CLAY centers and in VVK main center. Last year, VVK had done Khel Se Mel activities every week with students from villages with support of CLAY and ASF member.

They had also conducted training on Life Skill, Gender Sensitization, Science Lab Setup and other youth empowerment training. VVK had interns from different universities and colleges from different state and every time invited guest lecture on youth leadership. They had weekly meeting with CLAY fellows, for time to time guidance provided to CLAY fellows by the staff members. Under VVK the Computer Courses and Spoken English Courses had started by staff, Spoken English is under process of provide proper classes. VVK had celebrated Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Jayanti and Mahaparinirvan (Death Anniversary) last year, with all staff members and CLAY fellows. VVK had Youth Habitation Training where students form villages and CLAY fellows were participated, this is for eyes breaking of students from oppression and discrimination practices.

Learning

In this process students utilized all VVK resource like library, resource persons for career guidance, training programme for life skills and motivation from group members for higher studies. Girls have been coming out from home and taking education; and also participating in games and got aware for gender and caste based discrimination. Girls and boys in VVK continuing their education and they go for higher study also.

Future Plan

VVK is envisage to developed as training centre where in VVK student from Dalit, Adivasi and Muslim communities will be getting training for their personal development, academic learning, career guidance and skill development. It also will be addressing the educational issues of youth in village and within members (ASF member) and bring them in to higher education level.