Life Education Programme
Creating Future Leaders
Life Education Programme (LEP) is one of the flagship programmes of EKTA. We believe that we need to work with boys as well to educate them on attitudinal changes on masculinities and violence particularly when they are young itself.
We initiated LEP in the year 2000 in six corporation schools in Madurai. This move was an outcome of EKTA’s “16 Day Activism” conducted in schools and colleges in 2000 and requests made by some of the school administration.
The students in the corporation schools who primarily come from the urban poor settlements are victims of poverty, social discrimination, malnourishment and broken families. They also lack access to development opportunities.
This programme aims to provide these students these students relevant information and counselling for enhancing their self-esteem and skills to address the disadvantages they are confronted with.
The overall goal of LEP:
- Ensure the promotion of rights (to education, to reproductive health, protection from violence, participation and decision making) of adolescent girls and boys
We conduct regular classes in six corporation schools for the children who are in class 8th and 9th. Classes are held daily for one hour, after the school hours.
We adopt participatory methodologies and encourage students to share their views. Our instruction is interactive through story-telling, playing games, group discussion, use of charts, posters, books and counselling. We invite the students to provide their feedback at the end of the session.
Most of our books are with clear illustrations which makes it easy for the students to understand and grasp the ideas.
We award a participation certificate at the end of the year.
We have developed a syllabus for the students, teachers as well for parents covering the following:
- Understanding self, family and society
- Promoting Child Rights
- Analytical and creative thinking
- Instilling leadership and organising skills
- Creating awareness on personal hygiene, reproductive health and HIV/ AIDS
- Creating awareness on sexual abuse
- Understanding mass media and its impact
Every year, we cover around 1500 students from six schools. Till now, more than 15,000 students have gone through our programme.