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Capacity Building Workshops with NGOS for Strengthening Swayangsiddha Initiative

06/06/2018

Capacity building workshops were held with NGOs between June 6-14, 2018 at Baruipur, Diamond Harbour and Canning II sub-divisions of South 24 Parganas district. A total of 50 personnel from 12 NGOs including New Age Society for All, Rupantaran Foundation, SWAPNO, Samadhan, Child in Need Institute (CINI), Kajla Janakalyan Samity (KJKS), SSDC, Digambarpur Angikar, Ramprasad Sriti Sangha, Bagmari Mother Child Development Mission (BMCDM), Kolkata Mary Ward Social Centre (KMWSC) and GGBK (Goranbose Gram Bikash Kendra), participated in the workshops. The objective was to sensitise the NGOs on their roles as members of BLCPC, especially that of mapping at-risk families and children and linking them to schemes and raising awareness in the community. NGOs were oriented on the Swayangsiddha initiative, its vision, activities and IEC materials. They were apprised of the worsening situation of human trafficking and child marriage in the district and how crimes by children aged 16-18 years were increasing, ranging from theft to rioting to kidnapping and murder. It was shared that NGOs have key roles as members of BLCPC and needed to take ownership and chalk out a plan on which activities would be required, which issues needed to be addressed, who would be the target groups and how they could engage Swayangsiddha Groups in their work to prevent human trafficking and child marriage. NGOs prepared said activity plan. They were also taught the tool of digital storytelling which is a useful tool for raising awareness and documentation purposes. In the workshops itself, participants worked together, shot video clips and developed a short sample video. They also learnt about dos and don’ts of internet safety and appropriate digital behaviour to further raise awareness in the community, especially adolescents. NGOs shared information about the types of vocational, livelihood and other training they provide which will be further shared on the Swayangsiddha website. Most NGOs have their own adolescent groups and have decided to engage Swayangsiddha Groups in their activities as well.

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