YUVA Central acts as central facilitation unit for a number of projects in the state and national levels. At present, YUVA Central is facilitating and coordinating the Anubhav Shiksha Kendra (ASK) programme and works with the South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP).
i) South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP)
SANDRP is an informal network of organizations and individuals working on issues related with the water sector. YUVA has been working with SANDRP for the past 15 years. SANDRP has a special focus on issues associated with large dams, mostly in India, but also includes South Asia regional issues.
ii) Anubhav Shiksha Kendra (ASK) Program – Central Facilitation Unit (CFU)
Since YUVA’s inception, the organisation has been working on issues of youth—to restore, promote and defend their rights. YUVA continued to provide a platform for youth to be nurtured, motivated and contribute as much as they can for sustainable social transformation through the Anubhav Shiksha Kendra Program (ASK).
YUVA Central unit is facilitating Anubhav Shiksha Kendra (ASK), a youth programme with the slogan of “Youth Development and Youth for Development”. The facilitation is done by ASK-CFU. The basic aim of ASK is “to prepare and build capacities of young people who are willing and capable, for social engagement or the process of social transformation.” ASK works on the premise that the youth are a source of immense energy and they possess the strength and courage to bring out necessary social changes in society. Therefore, ASK is targeting the student and non-student, employed and unemployed, and youths from different castes or class.
ASK is tapping their potential and attempting to build and internalize in youth the core values of Social Justice, Gender Justice, Ecological Justice, Honesty and Integrity, Secularism and Democracy and Dignity of Labour by involving them in building a democratic society without discrimination of religion, race or culture and free from exploitation. It tries to give a direction through five Strategic Interventions, namely :
The geographical scope of the programme includes 27 districts in the states of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. There are eight partner centres through which the Programme is implemented. These nine centres are located in six organisations which have an experience and commitment of working with youth.
For updates on the ASK program, visit the ASK blog at www.anubhavshikshakendra.wordpress.com