Generation Employment for 100 million

Generation Employment for 100 million - SKOCH SUMMIT (SnF)

Skoch development foundation is an autonomous policy oriented body, which works towards social, digital and financial inclusion. They organized their 27th summit on 29th 30th November 2011 in New Delhi on Generating Employment. The summit had eminent speakers such as Mr. Kapil Sibal, Minister for Communications & IT; Kamal Nath, Minister, for Urban Development, K R Kamath, Chairman P&B Bank; R Chandrashekhar, Secretary, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology. The need to generate 100 million jobs innovations to employment generation and the FDI policy in achievement this goal was discussed.

The second session saw drivers for Generating Employment; panelists were the Secretaries and Joint Secretaries of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Coal, Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Rural Development and Head of Cluster Development Initiative and Limited United India Insurance.

A Conclave on Housing and Poverty Alleviation. Was deliberated by eminent speakers such as Aruna Sundararajan, Joint Secretary (RAY), Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Pankaj Jain, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Rakesh Ranjan, Director, Planning Commission, K K Pandey, Professor, Indian Institute of Public Affairs, Rakesh Ranjan, Director, Planning Commission, Jatinder Singh, Secretary – Education and Skill Development, PHD Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Barnabe D’Souza, Director, Don Bosco Research Institute deliberated on housing and Poverty allievation with special focus on maringlaized groups.

At the conclusion of the first day while releasing a book by Dr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission he and Mr. P Chidambaram Minster for Home affairs elucidated Government plans on generating employment.

On the 30th of November 2011, the 11th Thinkers and Writers Forum had speakers that were distinguished scholars from private sector coporate houses and government project partners. Ms. Divya David from Don Bosco Research Centre. Presented a paper on Gendered Employment Generation and Women Empowerment laying stress on the necessity for adequate skill formation for the marginalized groups. Fr. Barnabe D’Souza presented a paper on Skill Formation among Marginalized Youth drawn from the research of such poverty groups.

Salamaleque Comes to India

Salamaleque Comes to India

Don Bosco Balprafulta in collaboration with St. Dominic Savio High School Andheri & Salamaleque Dance Company Germany, organized a week long Dance therapy sessions with children from the Night School ,Boarding , Tribal children in Khopoli & Childrens' Home .

Mrs. Heidi Rehse (Director of Salamaleque) said "Salamaleque is known particularly for its high artistic standards as well as for its work in the field of Community dance, working with people in different situations: children and young people excluded from mainstream education, street kids, the displaced, people with disability, women and men in prisons, marginalized communities or divided by cultural, social or religious circumstances. A dance project is able to give the opportunity to transform, through the medium of dance and theatre, their view of themselves, their abilities and their potential. And to change where necessary the way in which others view and judge them. Salamaleque is convinced that dance and specially performance can transform the lives of people and communities: supporting and encouraging comprehension, cohesion, sympathy and dialogue. An important aim is to create a basis, on which the work can be continued and its positive effects established and developed as an important element of community life."

An Extensive workshop with 100 children from different projects included Children's Yoga, Dance Games, Movement Therapy, Expressive performances & Dance steps. A special performance on violence called Abaatoora was taught to express the feelings of violence & anger. A hip-hop session & Michael Jackson dance numbers left the children with joyful experiences. Followed by snacks a general discussion was done with the groups to understand their feelings about dance skills, chosen theme songs, yoga & what interests them the most.

Dance movement therapy classes will be conducted by trained teachers of Salamaleque in the evenings. Different methodologies & dance techniques will be chosen according to the need of the groups. Don Bosco Balprafulta & St. Dominic Savio High School's main aim is to help these vulnerable children express themselves through various art methods & strengthen academic study & help children pickup skills besides making learning fun.


by Chris Valentino

Dr. Fr Barnabe D’Souza, sdb, Don Bosco Balprafulta and Don Bosco Research Centre, Mumbai have authored a new book, From Ecstasy to Agony and Back. The 252 page book is published by SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd, with ISBN 9788132107033 & is priced at $39.95

From Ecstasy to Agony and Back presents the journey of an adolescent street drug-addict—from psychological brokenness resulting from family disruption to the process of mending; from abuse, trauma and vulnerability to building up of self-esteem, talents and personality; and finally to the process of moving off the streets.

Based on the author’s experience of working with the street children for 26 years, the book explores the universe of street children interestingly yet empathetically. The author discusses laws and policies affecting street children, root causes and their effects on them and their families, the various stakeholders like agencies, employers and institutions involved in their care and guidance.

The participatory action research discussed here views children as their own psychologists, creating meanings for themselves out of their own experiences and understanding. By taking ownership of their actions, street children begin to structure their moving off the streets, facilitating their rehabilitation and reintegration into society, thereby improving their status.

The Contents of the book:

Through the Mist: Introduction
Shadows and Silhouettes: Self-worth
Defining Images: Personal Ownership
In Transition: Moving off the Street
Shifting Frontiers: Organizational Issues
The Resurgent Self-the A-ha Experience: Mindsets
The Enduring Image: Conclusion