Education of youth in the Northern part of Sri Lanka...
With the narrowing of distances between countries, economies now have better access to skilled people on international level. But still, there lies a wide gap between the demand and availability of skilled and semi-skilled people. The unskilled segment still finds it hard to compete with the skilled people segment. With the economy in boom, there are now better employment opportunities for youth who have focused inputs and capacity building on employability and entrepreneurship skills in line with the market demands.
We are a firm believer that education and livelihoods are complementary to each other. Livelihoods contribute to attaining of knowledge, which further imparts education. This education in turn contributes significantly to enhancing livelihood opportunities. In 2005, Aide et Action initiated the Livelihood Education thematic with the primary objective of providing quality vocational skill training to youth from the most disadvantaged communities in India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan.
Our programme imparts training in new and emerging occupations or trades like IT-enabled services (ITES), automobile technology, hospitality, customer relations and retailing, bedside patient care, wiremen, home appliances repair and beautician.
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Our Livelihood Education programmes have impacted 224000 youth including 91840 women, out of which 163520 youth got placements.
In 2017, the programme has impacted 11590 youths out of whom 60% have been placed in jobs, While 748 youths have opted for self employment.
Alongside technical skills, modules on soft skills, gender equality, conflict management and peace building components are taught. These transform young people into leaders who can build bridges across communities, work together to help manage conflict and promote peace. Through the Livelihood Education programmes, Aide et Action develops youth not only as autonomous persons and models for their communities, but also as change agents.
Back 2 Basics
- The Back 2 Basics concept promotes joyful learning and enables children studying in government primary schools to achieve acceptable competency levels.
Promoting Teachers Resource Groups
- The ‘Teachers Resource Groups (TRG)’ help promote peer learning among the teachers of AEA project areas. TRG provides support to many teachers by making teaching methods effective and helping them develop a communication channel among teachers to share and solve problems faced by them in teaching and official work. TRG also serves as a motivational instrument for other teachers.
- The Liberate school promotes the concept of ‘learning by doing’. It enhances critical thinking, creativity, and a collaborative approach towards learning.
Promoting Digital tools in teaching and learning
- In an effort to enhance quality of teaching and learning processes, AEAI SA has been in the promoting digital learning tools such as ‘tablets’ in schools from the forefront. The tablet supports teachers as a digital planner, an online textbook, library and as a tool to assess the children’s thinking, social and emotional skills. On the other side, the tablets help the children learn the basics through audio and visuals customized in their languages.
Strengthening School Governance
- Aide et Action initiatives promote participation of community and other key stakeholders in governance of Schools and Panchayati Raj Institutions. Hence, 21662 SMC members across 885 Schools have been trained in their roles and responsibilities and on the Right to Education Act. They were also capacitated on how to engage with other strategic stakeholders including government departments, federations and local governance bodies.
Developing Low/No Cost Teaching & Learning Material
- Aide et Action promotes ‘Study Labs’ where teachers and students come together to develop simple, low cost teaching learning material in different subjects, using things they find in their local environment.
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