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'Taiyari' project to empower vulnerable community in Rajasthan
The UNICEF-supported adolescent empowerment project 'Taiyari' was launched in Ajmer on May 22. The two-year project to be implemented in Tonk and Ajmer districts by Bal Sansar Sanstha (BSS) NGO aims at planned transition of rural children from adolescence to adulthood by following the partnership project mode by involving the rural community actively.

The project has been prepared with the inputs from adolescent group leaders and at launch-cum-planning meeting, 20 project functionaries, UNICEF representative, rural adolescents were present. According to the BSS Chairperson Dr. Priyamvada Singh, the mission of the project is to empower vulnerable community groups with a focus on adolescents, enabling them to lead a life with dignity.

On the occasion of the launch, the UNICEF representative Priyanka Chaturvedi said “Taiyari” is a demonstration project that should result into knowledge products as well as creating a critical mass of empowered adolescents for social change in the project area.

The project is envisaged to throw up the effective strategies and tools of engaging with adolescents; working with communities and stakeholders to create an enabling environment; enhancing community participation in overcoming challenges; identifying risks and measures for mitigating risk in adolescent empowerment programmes for rural children.

The two-year project will be aiming at 10% improvement over baseline of rural adolescent girls transiting from elementary to secondary schools by creating a critical mass of 1800 empowered adolescents. Other aspects of the projects will stress on improving personal hygienic behaviour among adolescents involved, ability to voice opinions against child marriage, apt supplementation for adolescent girls and enhanced access to health services for adolescents and people living with HIV.

My participation in the launch of the project was as an observer and I was given open invitation to review the project once it takes roots in the field.

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