Life Skill Training in Schools
Location: Araria, Madhepura, Saharsa, Supaul districts of Bihar
Partner: UNICEF, Bihar
About the Project
In mid August, severe flooding in districts Araria, Supaul, Saharsa, Madhepura and Purnia of north-east Bihar caused extensive damage. Millions of people were affected, losing whatever little they had, including their homes, crops and livelihoods in many cases. Following the initial flooding, which swamped hundreds of villages and destroyed acres of farmland, hunger and waterborne disease became major concerns for authorities working in the affected areas.
Among others education took the maximum toll and one of the worst hits were schools and their children. A large number of the school buildings were damaged beyond repairs, the remaining had become temporary shelter for flood victims and after more than three months of closure and loss of hundreds of precious academic hours, there were attempts to reopen them; but people had other priorities and therefore the attendance remained thin and there were no signs of improvement, with an additional challenge to accommodate these students in whatever small space has been left after devastation. As experienced in the past, disaster struck communities do not know what will happen next. This instability affects both adults and adolescents and results in depression, panic or despair; they have lost friends, siblings, parents and relatives and need psychosocial support.
An international organisation like UNICEF understands that early psychosocial interventions help recognise and reduce the effects of trauma, alleviate psychological distress, and strengthen resiliency to face the future. Base of Project ‘NayaJeevanAbhiyan’ started in Relief Camps immediately after the disaster and concluded with reaching out the community in their villages, albeit cut-off from the world on various parameters.
Community was reached through FGDs and IPCs in 300 sites (schools) to ensure normal functioning in their lives.
BCC (Behaviour Change) through Focused Group Discussions (FGD) and IPC in flood affected cut-off villages falling under four districts.