SANGHARSHA Team Leader: Dhananjay Karvir Thakare, SGBA University Team Member: Shruti Jain, SSCBS, Delhi University Country: India MY DREAM JOB IN 2022 • • • • Based on the Education and Empowerment of Youths of Rural and Tribal areas. Focus area: The rural and tribal area of CHIKHALI, a small town in Maharashtra, India Sangharsha Yuva Abhiyan is an NGO already existing in chikhali, and is currently working on imparting primary level education to children. In 2022, as part of our dream job, Sangharsha Yuva Abhiyan will extend its operations. Keeping in mind the massive population of YOUNG INDIA (almost half of the then population in 2022), especially rural youth will require training in professional areas to help them bridge the handicap that the urban youth, due to better educational facilities, do not ultimately experience. HOW WILL WE DO IT? STEP 1: Focus on education and polishing professional skills • We’ll set up a Personality Development Training Centers in Chikhali, as an extension of the NGO. Students will be taught how to polish off their spoken english, written skills, proficiency in computer operations, etc. They’ll also get a chance to explore their hidden talents and will be encouraged to diversify in various fields like Sports, Literacy, Fine arts, Theatre, etc. • Our training institute will also emphasize on practical training and human values. Rural Entrepreneurship, one of the fastest growing areas, has the highest potential for the incoming decade, and thus, sessions on the same with rural entrepreneurs will be the high point of our program. • Special focus will be on the uneducated and unemployed youth to undergo vocational training, so that they can get employed or start their own micro business. • We’ll be inviting well educated professionals from diverse backgrounds and qualifications as volunteers for the training centres. For the special sessions, such as on rural entrepreneurship or public relations, video lectures and voice conferencing of experts for teaching will be used. • To ensure quality and success of our programmes, we will take the best points of well established organisations and adapt them to our own system. • For example: o Teach for India invites graduate volunteers as part of their fellowship program. o Make a Difference focusses on English education for kids to polish their written english and speaking skills, with the same motto of helping them overcome the handicap of functioning without knowing the world’s primary language. • This ensures, that the policies followed by us for different programmes are tried and tested and credible enough, hence reducing the risk factor. • And of course, our programs will be provided free of cost . Funding will be obtained by sources such as donations, fund raising drives, partnering with companies for their CSR initiatives, and availing governmental and private body schemes and grants. STEP 2: Empowerment and employment • We’ll provide assistance in setting up startups in our area. These will be mainly Agro-based as 75% people in Chikhali are dependent directly or indirectly on agriculture. We believe in the Gandhian ways for the development . Therefore, the aim will be to undertake development in a holistic and non-exploitative manner, in other words, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. • The thought behind this is: “ THINK GLOBAL. ACT LOCAL.” Young India needs a system wherein the youth are empowered to be capable enough of turning obstacles into opportunities and realize the potential of the local knowledge and resources made available to them by their ancestors. Using intellectual knowledge and local skills is the best way of adapting a business to local needs . • • • Awareness about already existing schemes and policies is a must for the benefit of the rural youth. Government of India has many schemes which focus on setting up training institutes in rural and tribal area and these also aid in setting up industries. Organizations like DFID, YWCA and Indiaskills are institutions working for the cause of educating the youth. Some organizations like SIDBI finance development in industrial fields. By using help from the above mentioned resources, and creating awareness about the same, we’ll make it possible for the rural and tribal youth of chikhali to turn their dreams into reality, sustainably. As a potential add-on, we intend to partner with national and international organizations and use favourable acts like FCRA to get the best guidance and avail beneficial rights. THE CHANGE WE DREAM OF • • In upcoming years, in India, Agro-based industries will experience an exponential turn, as raw material, space and finance from government and other agencies will be extremely easy to avail and rural development will be the first point of encouragement. If our plan works, the youth of chikhali will be all set to use these resources to the best of their potential and create opportunities for themselves at a time ripe for rural entrepreneurship. They will not only be more adaptive to their local environment and sustain their families successfully, but also their endeavors will generate more jobs in the area, ultimately attracting other young individuals to experience the same. • • Moreover, development in the agro sector will bring high revenue as currently, the Government is focusing on increasing supply as the demand for food products, especially for the ones inherently grown and processed in India, is increasingly at a tremendous rate in global market. We dream that this cycle runs successfully and metamorphoses chikhali from a rural underdeveloped area of 2012 where the youth has no opportunities or awareness of their potential, to a chikhali of 2022 where the youth is capable of bringing positive change in society and create development in their local area, while preserving its resources and following sustainable practices for a better future of their community, and making a difference in the lives of their own and other people.