Youth Council for development Organisation

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Youth Council for development Organisation: Earn While You Learn -A relevant education model for marginalised

Boudh,Bolangir ,Sambalpur ,Sonpur and Bargarh , IndiaBoudh,Bolangir ,Sambalpur ,Sonpur and Bargarh , India
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Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Poverty compeles poor children of Western Oriss to leave schools at early age . EWYL is an approach to bring back dropout children in schools.It offers a local ,sustainable solution to parents/children to meet the immidiate cost of education without compromising their rights and dignity

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

Small investment can changes the direction of lives of thousands of dropout
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Drop out rate up to 10+2 in India is 94%, Entrepreneurship skills development in school practically NIL.Many reports has shown that Children from very poor households do not attend school due to poverty, parents do not see the relevance of education . There is debate that how much our course curricullum is relevant ?How much formal schooling is helpful to get a skilled work? EWYL is a initiative to create a link between education a work

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Earn While You Learn” is an intervention that looks at education from a holistic perspective and equips children for “Life”.It encourage children to earn pocket money through small income generation activities which simulteneously build their leadership ,managerial quality in a child freindly approach .Ultimately it build confidence of the child and child learns to be self sufficient .Small income prevent child from being dropout and parents do not get compelled to withdraw child from school.It is an intervention where children earn and save, utilize earning to fulfills own needs, family needs and simultaneously access to quality education in formal school and child get a scope to set a goal for his own life .
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

ukmini Bariha, 15 years studies in class Ten in Bilashpur village of Bargarh district. She was used to migrate to brick kiln with her parents up to class Five .Every year six months in brick kiln made her dropout and rights violated. During the time she became member of children club. Peer group counseling & duckling support through EWYL in 2009 helped her to remain in village and continue study .Now also every year her parents go to brick kiln but she does not and By selling eggs,ducks she spent money according to her need of study materials, dresses and shoes of . She never depends upon others for lending money since five years.She is happy with her friends and 15 members duck family . Next year she is going to appear 10th exam .

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

A model has been created where education and work concept has been integrated .750 Underprivileged children of the area have accessed to relevant quality primary education and retained in formal education and 80% of them continuing in higher education (after 3-4 years of support) .Income among the hard core out of school families increased . 3. Marginalized who become compelled to leave school due to poverty will get access to quality primary education . A model on Education and Work will be establish which will help in increasing retention in formal school and will be an effective model to increase retention and avarage age of dropping form school will decrease .Govt will adopt the model for marginalized children.Civil society, community will internalize the necessity of the programme and willdo advocacy to incorporate life skill and livelihood skill education in present curriculum.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Different policy and programme plan of govt envisage that vocational and skill development training , livelihood education is an important component of education .Though this part is getting more importance day by day (national skill development policy,NRLM,Special schemes of girls children, vocational training institutions ) but so far it is neglected ,specially in school curriculum . Through our intervention a working model of integrating livelihood with school education will be established which will help to bring policy level changes .

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

From previous experiences of organization it has been proved that concept has a great potentiality to be replicated and it has been well accepted by parents, community. So it is expected this concept will be widely accepted by other like minded NGOs, financial institution and community .Basically for scaling up and maintaining quality there is need for financial resources, capital support, and technical support. Resource will be mobilized from financial institution and concept has been integrated in other child development programmes . There is a possibility that Govt also adopt the process as already we have experienced that different innovative approaches has been accepted by Govt in different times and upgraded .

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

We request viewers of this project to link us with financial institutions/donor agencies so that we can carry out this work in a long run & can reach to more number of children

Founding Story

In 2012 founder visited to gochagora where with other activities project supported 5 children in EWYL. During visit Sujata ,one of the EWYL benefeciary astonished visitors when she told "I am having Rs 9000 in my pass book and I have 2 goats and 12 ducks . I take care of them and from my own earning i manage my education cost as well as i spent money to support my mother in emergency ". When she was 2 years her father left her . Poor mother was almost unable to earn daily bread and butter. Girl were used to stay aloof from other children . This year she passed matriculation and interested to take any vocational training .She has a savings of Rs 15000 now in passbook and a livestock family of approx 25000 Rs.Similar stories motivated ...


Major strength of organisation is dedicated professional team (45) beside a large no of volunteers who are trained as well as motivated to make some differences with a moto of "Creating Alternatives... Changing Lives . Beside that YCDA has its own belief ,values and a good convergence with civil society ,duty bearers . For influencing policy it works together with govt schools ,committes ,teachers so that changes happen in a sustainable basis .
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Youth Council for development Organisation
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Youth Council for development Organisation

How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Organization Country

, OR, Boudh,Bolangir ,Sambalpur ,Sonpur and Bargarh

Country where this project is creating social impact

, OR, Boudh,Bolangir ,Sambalpur ,Sonpur and Bargarh

What awards or honors has the project received?

The concept was selected as a innovative concept in a competition arranged by Development Marketplace in year 2011 and World Ban

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Foundations, NGOs, Other.


The concept was selected as a innovative concept in a competition arranged by Development Marketplace in year 2011 and World Bank accepted the concept as a innovative concept. Different times media highlighted the concept and suggested it as a best alternative for the govt schools of remote area .

Primary Target Age Group

13 - 17.

Your role in Education

Social Worker.

Please specify which of the following best applies:

I am applying on behalf of a particular program or initiative.

The type of school(s) your solution is affiliated with (if applicable)

Public (tuition-free).

Intervention Focus

Curricular, Policy or Analysis, other.

Does your project utilize any of the innovative design principles below?

Putting Children in Charge: Giving children a voice and cultivating agency via experiential learning, project-based learning, and civic engagement.

Is your project targeted at solving any of the following key barriers?

Whole child development is undervalued: Essential parts of development get left behind as children get older, such as healthy habits, executive function, and social and emotional learning.


There is need for financial resources


Already we worked on the concept and have good experience of working with the marginalised children .

What key learning outcomes does your work seek to improve?

Every child has the potentiality to do productive work if they get proper scope, guidance and skill.
Children get prepared for "Life" with relevant education .
EWYL Help parents to change attitude towards education.
It is more suitable for the age group of 12 and above.If proper resources is available skill based training could be imparted to children .
There is also need for convergence between education,training and financial institution .
Most of all If govt is mobilised to scale up then only thousands of children will be able to take advantage of this .

Secondary Form
PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
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IMPACT - REACH: How many people did your project directly engage in programmatic activities in the last year?

STUDY: Has an external evaluation or study been conducted of your organization?

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APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.

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