Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Platform for the youth

Jaivir Singh, co-chairman, Young Indians Education Committee, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), speaks on how the youth can make a difference in educating the masses.

Young Indians (YI), an integral part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), has recently launched Akshara, a project that focuses on primary education along with environment and primary healthcare of children from classes I to V. It is a platform for the youth from different walks of life to engage and share ideas at a national level. Akshara focuses on primary education of young students by establishing a 'Learning Resource Centre' at a chosen school. These learning centres also aim to achieve positive learning outcomes like quick learning, better performance in exams, positive attitude towards school and a constant motivation to pursue further learning, among others.

On how the youth can do their bit for the society, Singh informs, "The Delhi chapter alone plans to initiate 10 Aksharas in the year 2009-10 and has ambitious plans for other programmes relating to healthcare and employability. YI is open to all young Indians who want to help in realising the dream of a developed, economically strong and equitious India. Membership is open to people below the age of 40 years and currently the national membership stands close to a 1,000 members."

YI actively engages with government, corporations, civil society groups and NGOs to discuss and formulate plans for ground level programmes. Elaborating on its development programmes, Singh says, "YI works towards promoting leadership skills for the development and engagement of students in schools and colleges through its 44 Students' Net platform. This platform engages more than 3,000 students from 35 educational institutions across India. We hope to take the YI message to an even larger audience of young Indians at the local and national level."

Singh was also instrumental in launching Nanhi Chhaan — an initiative aimed at raising awareness about the protection and development of the girl child and the environment. "We will be running programmes to address the issue of female foeticide and infanticide in villages across North India. We also aim to plant over 5,00,000 saplings over the course of this year," he adds.

YI undertakes activities in areas such as economy, education, healthcare, youth affairs, employability and the environment. Through its various initiatives, it has so far impacted around 15,000 students across 50 centres.

Source:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Platform-for-the-youth/articleshow/4572976.cms

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