Project Name- Technical support for re-vitalizing and re-energizing Teen Clubs being facilitated by NYKS in Jhabua and Mandla district
Project Supported by– UNFPA
Project Duration– March 2014 to December 2015
Project Location– Jhabua and Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh
Adolescents and youth represent almost one-third of the population of India. A large number of them especially the adolescents belong to tribal dominated districts like Jhabua and Mandla in Madhya Pradesh are out of school, get married early, work in vulnerable situations, are sexually active, and are exposed to peer-pressure. These factors have serious social, economic and public health implications and affect the overall development of adolescents. This calls for interventions that are flexible and responsive to their needs. It is important to influence the health seeking behaviour of adolescents, as their situation will be central in determining India’s health, mortality, morbidity, and population growth scenario. Although health is the most vital aspect of adolescent growth and development, adolescent assigned least priority to their health and nutritional needs. Adolescents face a range of developmental issues. The two important areas included their education and work. What seems evident is that older adolescents and young adults enter transitions with the goal of becoming independently functioning adults, as they strive to meet evolving personal and career related needs. Rapid and escalating changes in labor market and post-secondary educational opportunities mean that adolescents now are confronted with the challenge of meeting their personal and career needs when neither can offer certainty or a sense of personal control. Therefore, to deal with adolescents, it is very pertinent to reflect on their wholesome development covering their health, education, entertainment, personality development and career needs.
UNFPA has been collaborating with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to support a project on adolescent health and development with the overall objective of ensuring a healthy and safe growing up process for adolescents in out-of-school settings. This project is being implemented through the Nehru Yuva Kendra.
For Jhabua and Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Samarthan was selected as an external NGO. The main responsibility of Samarthan is to provide capacity building and hand holding support. . It will provide mentoring support to a cadre of peer educators who can mobilize and promote active participation of out of school adolescents in the teen clubs. It will also facilitate the functioning, supervision and monitoring of the clubs, thereby also institutionalizing accountability in the system.
The project is currently running in two district of Madhya Pradesh- Jhabua and Mandla. Both the districts have huge tribal population and also the most backward ones. In each district, blocks were selected and each blocks further divided into 30 villages. To facilitate the monitoring of the villages, clusters were formed. Each cluster consists of 10 villages. That means each block has 3 clusters. Total villages covered is 420.
- Block covered- Jhabua, Rama, Ranapur, Meghnagar, Thandl, Petlwad
- No of villages covered in Jhabua district – 270
- No of youth reached directly- 1080
- No of youth reached indirectly- 4500
- Block covered- Mandla, Bicchiya, Nainpur, Mohgaon, Narayanganj
- No of villages covered in Mandla district – 150
- No of youth reached directly- 600
- No of youth reached indirectly- 2500