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I.    Safe City Project - Indore

The core objective of the project is to create a safe and child friendly city with the support and co-ordination of key stakeholders on Child Rights issues. The programme is supported by Technovaa Software & Hardware Solution Pvt. Ltd.


Key Activities 

  • District Committee on Child Rights 
  • Capacity Building of key stakeholders like police, officials of key departments, grass root staff of NGOs and academicians
  • Developing IEC materials
  • Engagement with law and Social Work colleges/institutions to provide practical learning opportunity to Students through well-defined Internship programs

Key Outcomes

  • Helped in dealing with child rights issues that occur
  • Created  better understanding over child rights issues 

II.    Teach India Project

Independent Thought is the implementing partner for Teach India Programme, the CSR initiative of Bennette Coleman and Co Pvt Ltd in Delhi NCR. Over a 100 youths have been trained in the “English for Employability” course since 2014. This has helped them to enhance and improve their personality and also helped them to express themselves. 

The objective of the project: To develop a sustainable and scalable model for delivering relevant English Language Skills to targeted youth within these communities, to enhance their employability.


The main activities undertaken under this program are :

  • 03months designed English Communication course for job employability for youth of slum communities
  • Opportunity for job interview through Job Fair 
  • Career guidance
  • Personality Grooming

The platform so created by Independent Thought and Teach India provides guidance and support to all the candidates for an equal opportunity to explore and access the job market. 

iThought has successfully completed 8 batches and 4 cycles of Skill Development Classes in NOIDA. As of 2017 around 67% placements have been successfully made among the trained candidates. Many have been gainfully employed with leading Corporate Houses such as Tech Mahindra, Kotak Bank, Aegis, Pizza Hut, Congent, Pace, PVR, Future Group among others. Placements are made in the sectors dealing with: Food chain, Retail chain, Call centre, E-commerce online shopping delivery and Tech-Mahindra. 

III.    Promote Critical Thinking

School Level PCT programme: The PCT programme is being implemented since 2013 in Adarsh Prathamik Bal Vidyalaya, Indira Market, NOIDA. In 2017-2018 so far 350 students have participated this consisted of weekly interactive sessions on life skills development. These sessions are spread across the academic year and are well appreciated by both the children and the participants. 

IV.    Swavalamban Kendra - Center for Promotion of Self Reliance (Noida) 

Situated in Noida this is a multipurpose center within the community that carters to the needs of children, adolescent, youth and women. The activities include: Early Education, Remedial and Bridge Classes, Skill Development Classes, Computer Training, Child Rights Defenders Training, Life Skills Education and Engagement of Women’s Groups on health, nutrition, protection and participation. Various projects have been undertaken at the Independent Thought community based center "Swavalamban Kendra" located in sector 9, NOIDA. 

The projects undertaken are as follows:
 

1.    Shakti Project 

This is an initiative to financially empower adolescent girls of the community and creating livelihood opportunities for them by providing training on using sewing machines. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) has donated 2 Sewing Machines for the centre. The name 'Shakti' signifies strength and Project Shakti is an initiative to financially empower community women and create livelihood opportunities for them. It provides regular income employment opportunity to them and their families.

Some of the activities undertaken:

  • Ice breaking session to understand the trainee's background or her family situation.
  • To make trainees familiar with machines.
  • To make them understand hygiene and cleanliness.
  • Teaching them soft skills.
  • Familiarizing them with industries norms.
  • Making draft and pattern of different dresses and garments.
  • Teaching them maintenance of quality level productivity

2.    Summer Camp 

Independent Thought closely works with children and passionately advocates protection of children by efficient enforcement of laws and policies. It also believes in the holistic development of a child and thus runs various programmes such as computer classes, spoken English classes etc.  The summer camp is an extension of this belief where children from underprivileged backgrounds are given an opportunity to explore their talents and most importantly learn from each other and develop their personalities.

Activities undertaken: art, craft and personality development, spoken English classes, sessions on child rights, child protection mechanism, governance and RTI.

3.    Digital Literacy 

Computer training is an important factor in 21st century workplace. It is vital for job applicants to have computer skill and knowledge to make themselves more valuable to potential employers and to obtain higher-paying jobs. It has become a basic requirement for a large number of jobs where candidate must possess basic typing and data entry skills, as well as a basic understanding of how to use an operating system. Most office work requires job applicants to be familiar with office productivity software as well, such as word processors and spreadsheet programs.

With this in mind Independent Thought organized a six months computer training course which took place over a period of six months. Classes were conducted for two hours every Saturday where the target groups were the youth.

4.    Adolescent girls life skills programme 

The objective is to promote critical thinking among adolescent girls and facilitate their transformation from mere spectators to empowered agents of community development

Activities:

Creation of common platform for the adolescent  girls to boost their confidence
Undertaking capacity building sessions on topics like Gender, Communication and Decision Making, Child Sexual Abuse, Child Marriage, Reproductive Health, Citizens Rights and Entitlements, RTI, General Health etc.
Provide Opportunity to participate in different platforms for their holistic development
Exposure visits to Police Stations to get friendly with  the systems

Outcomes:

It will help them in becoming self-reliable and also understanding the coping mechanism
To sensitize adolescents for their safety 
Overall development of adolescents
Confidence boost-up and development of understanding of how system works

V.    Project Sangwari - Dantewada

Project Sangwari at Dantewada is supported by UNICEF Chhattisgarh. The Project was launched by Independent Thought in August 2014 to create a safe and protective environment in 50 villages of Dantewada and Geedham Blocks of Dantewada District with direct intervention in 25 villages and technical support to Tomorrow Foundation’s intervention in 25 villages in Geedham Block. 

We have a full fledged team present on site to undertake the project which works towards reducing vulnerability of children affected by conflict and increase their access to basic facilities such as education, health care, recreation and protection. To achieve this we engage with a range of stakeholders at community district and State level including children, families, PRI members, school management committee (SMC), village child protection committee (VCPC) and reaches out to community through groups formed, events training sessions. This makes our intervention effective and the appropriate referrals and related procedures fool proof and faster. The Project is currently working towards creating and strengthening of community level child protection mechanism and promoting State accountability towards protection of children. 
 

Year

Objective

Activities

Number of Children engaged with

2012-2013

To facilitate and provide the tools to break away from boxed, patterned way of thinking, liking, and living.

Sessions with children on Child Rights,  Child Protection

50

2014-2015

sessions on Child Rights and most vulnerable section in areas where Human Rights are violated on daily basis

624

2015-2016

Sessions on CHILD Rights, Child Protect6ion Mechanism with SI Rita Yadav

55

2016-2017

Sessions on skill development and Child Rights and Child Protection

300

2017-2018

Sessions on life skill development

350