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Salaam Bombay Foundation in association with Everest Foundation launches its first rural skills@school chapter in Nashik

2022-01-18 08:15:04 News & Society


Mumbai, 26th November: To engage rural adolescents and equip them with relevant vocational as well as life skills, Salaam Bombay Foundation in aegis of Everest Foundation announced the launch of its first rural chapter of its skills@school programme in Lakhmapur village in Nashik starting November 26, 2021, in addition to its extensive urban network. The event was attended by Smt. Aneesa Tadvi, Assistant Commissioner - Skill Development, Employment & Entrepreneurship, Nashik District, Ms. Pushpawati Patil, Assistant Director of Nashik division of Maharashtra, Mr. Kalwan Kanoj - Block Education Officer, Dindori Block, Mr. Vijandra Babu, Plant Head - Everest Industry, Lakhmapur, Ms. Sulaksha Shetty, Head HR and CSR – Everest Industry and Mr. Gaurav Arora, Vice President - Projects, Salaam Bombay Foundation.

The programme is aimed at the students of government and government-aided schools including Janta Vidyalay Karajwan, Kadava English School, Lakhmapur and Ramshej Madhyamik Vidyalay, Ashewadi.

Under this programme, adolescents will be introduced to various career options and have an opportunity to learn twenty first century skills that will increase their chances of employability in the future The programme will also lend them market understanding so that they can weigh the avenues and enhance their technical and entrepreneurship skills while still staying in school and completing their education.

As part of Salaam Bombay Foundation’s skills@school programme, a total of 900 students will be trained over 3 years (2021–2024) in various skill courses such as Home Appliance Repair, Mobile Repair, Robotics, Beauty & Wellness, Bakery, Confectionery, Fashion Design, and Jewellery Design. The curriculums are aligned to the National Skills Qualification Framework (NSQF) of the National Skills Development Corporation (NSDC). Under this program, students will also be trained in Financial Literacy.

Salaam Bombay Foundation has already imparted vocational skill-building and market orientation to over 24,600 resource-challenged adolescents under its skills@school programme in the past seven years.

Along with imparting relevant skills, this training will also educate them about the markets and institutions that were previously deemed beyond their reach. The organisation had recently launched a platform for these skill-trained young Turks to think and act as entrepreneurs under its ‘Entrepreneurship Incubator for Grassroot Adolescents’ programme.

Speaking at the launch, Gaurav Arora, VP-Projects, Salaam Bombay Foundation said, “With support from Everest Foundation we are delighted to extend our skills@school programme for the very first time in rural Maharashtra at Lakhmapur village in Nashik. Rural India is changing rapidly, and we want to extend every opportunity towards equipping these young adolescents with the skills that will prepare them for a better tomorrow. Along with this, we will work towards creating an entrepreneurial mindset to drive a spirit of innovation and enhance the spectrum of their education.”

Ms. Sulaksha Shetty, Head HR and CSR – Everest Industry said, “At Everest, our endeavor is to improve people’s lives by creating a sustainable impact in the communities we operate in. With this focus in mind, we work closely with communities around our factories with an intent to impact the lives of children, youth, and women. Be it the Tobacco-Free Healthy Child program or Skill Development Centers for young adults, all our projects focus on shaping a better future for communities around us, and with the great response that we have been receiving for our existing programs, we plan to launch more of such programs and centers in future as well.”

Salaam Bombay Foundation’s skills@school programme helps build skills for adolescents in government and government-aided schools and provides them with market orientation, ensuring that they stay in school and complete their education. The program equips students with soft skills training in several areas, including business etiquette, personal grooming, trade-specific terminology so they are ready for their real-world internships and jobs.

About Salaam Bombay Foundation:

Salaam Bombay Foundation started in 2002 to work with 12- to 17-year-old adolescent children growing up in Mumbai’s slums. These children live in extreme poverty and in “at risk” environments. The municipal schools they go to do not have the resources to give them individual attention, career guidance or access to activities that stimulate the mind. Many are undernourished and face the risk of substance abuse. They come from financially challenged homes and are pressured to drop out of secondary school and seek jobs to support their families. Given these ground realities, Salaam Bombay Foundation has harnessed the ability of child-friendly, innovative education tools to develop life skills and coping skills necessary to ensure that these adolescents develop into well rounded personalities, able to meet the challenges they face and take on leadership roles within their communities.

The Foundation keeps children in school by empowering them to make the right choices about their health, education and livelihood thereby ensuring that they can thrive with a bright future. In-school leadership and advocacy programmes equip \"at-risk\" adolescents with the life skills they need to lead change. The Sports, Arts and Media academies encourage them to express themselves and provide performance opportunities that build self-esteem. The skills@school programme broadens their career horizons and empowers them with vocational skills for sustainable careers. Through its DreamLab initiative, SBF, has provided for a continuum of skills training and market-based internships to youngsters in the age group of 14 and 18 years. Launched in July 2019, DreamLab, has been able to furnish stipend-based internships to 163 skills@school alumni across nine job sectors. DreamLab also creates a talent pool of grassroot entrepreneurial adolescents. Salaam Bombay initiatives increase confidence, give vulnerable adolescents the means to earn part-time and stay in school, and provide the tools to explore their full potential.

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