Training for Master Trainers
A four days long training was held for a team of master trainers, composed of 2 freelance resource persons and the 19 Panchayat Coordinators of the project, mainly on the standard Girl Centric Curriculum developed, in phases, by a concerted effort of experts, UNFPA officials, experienced and field based voluntary agencies. The master trainers did, in turn, impart training to 396 peer educators(Sakhee Sahelees) from 211 Adolescent Girls’ Self help Groups. The Sakhee Sahelees are now found occupied in sharing their learning to and sensitizing the peer groups in villages. One each Odiya training booklet containing the 5 chapters and the sub-chapters/lessons/sessions of the Girl Centric curriculum as well as the allied objects necessary for the sessions to conduct in a systematic progression and participatory manner, have been given, packed in a kit bag, to every Adolescent Girls’ SHG through the trained peer educators of its own.
Review–cum-orientation camps, structured pragmatically, are conducted monthly at cluster levels for the peer educators; the project staffs make an assessment of the educators’ involvement, appraise their performance and development and give inputs as necessary on the areas of improvement. They, at the same time, take the opportunity to express gratitude to and praise Sakhee Sahelees for their invaluable commitment to the cause of the adolescent girls. The process of empowering the adolescent girls has principally been peer-educator driven. The review meetings tell that the peer leaders are enthusiastic and their voluntary engagement in peer education is making fair headway. Monthly staff meetings too are held, progress, reviewed and plans of action, chalked out as per backlogs, needs and the targets set. Panchayat coordinators have designed weekly work calendars to move forward on their duties assigned towards the materialization of the project’s vision of “a transformed Adivasi community where every pregnancy is wanted, every child birth is safe, every young woman’s potential is actualized and aspiration, fulfilled”.