The program aims to create children and youth who are rooted in their sustainable cultural practices but contribute positively to their environment. They will be facilitated to connect with nature, culture and themselves and to get quality education.
Children and youth empowerment has close relationship with our previous SEGNI program is designed to create proactive youth movement for conservation of nature and the culture of local communities. It is a way for transferring Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) from elders to the young generation. Being well equipped with the knowledge of the value of conserving the natural resources and related cultural values of their communities, the youth would always stand up to say “NO” to any threat to the culture and natural resources of their communities. SEGNI has been one of the best learning experiences for Education for Sustainable Development, selected and recognized as such by UNESCO in 2011.
However, the current children and youth empowerment program is brought to a program level incorporating quality education starting from upper primary schools (grade 5-8) and youth business and vocational skill training programs as a preparation for youth employment initiatives. The updated program also incorporates provision of support to vulnerable children, particularly young schoolgirls through the supply of scholastic materials and sanitation pads with the aim of making the school and school environment friendly to girls. Other school environment improvement interventions such as safe drinking water supply, library and school community attachment will be key program activities to improve quality education. On other hand, out of school young men and women will also be participating in different livelihoods trainings to upgrade their marketable skills and expand employ ability (self employment in particular)