21st Century Digital Skills Development Programme for Youth in India
In India, there is a lack of training opportunities for young individuals who aspire to become social entrepreneurs and want to contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs). In order to provide training for these young people to work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Givfunds offered actual skill training and hands-on experience as part of the Movers Programme which was implemented in India during April 2022-March 2023 to assist young people in fostering an entrepreneurial mindset and thriving in a competitive market in India.
Under the “Support Youth 21st Century and digital skills development program in India”, Givfunds was one of the two organisations to be chosen by UNDP to implement the Movers Programme in India. The Movers initiative is a youth-led movement within the Regional Youth Empowerment Programme that aims to support future-ready youth through the development of digital and 21st-century skills and to equip them with the tools necessary to take action in support of the SDGs in their community.
The target was to train 20000 youth across India on UN SDGs, entrepreneurial and innovation skills and Givfunds' strategy for carrying out the programme was to create new partnerships with organisations and educational institutions while also expanding its network of youth-led social entrepreneurs. We selected 3 other youth-led guarantee organisations who helped us achieve parts of the target. The organisations were Probano, CEE, and Project Statecraft.
To take the Movers Programme to the length and breadth of the country, we have conducted multiple workshops across organisations both online and offline which saw the participation of youth from over 15 states in India. The implementation required partnerships with various schools and colleges who were very receptive to the program and many wanted it to be a part of the student curriculum. We found long-term partners with educational institutions like LS University, Gujarat, Nistarini College, West Bengal, Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh, RSBV School, Delhi, SAM Global, Oriental College, Madhya Pradesh, Avantika University, Indore, and many more where we organised multiple workshops.
During the program, we also had the opportunity to collaborate with youth organisations like Buland Udaan, Global Shapers Ahmedabad, and
Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y), who took the Movers sessions to their youth on their own post the first workshop.
There were many highlights from the program and “Awareness, Engagement and Sense of Responsibility” were the three key pillars that Givfunds targeted throughout the implementation. We had the opportunity to conduct 44 online and offline sessions throughout the engagement covering more than 7000 youth. Some of the memorable highlights for us from the sessions were at GLS University, Nistarini College, and RSBV School.
Some of the testimonials from our Partners and Movers were:
The sessions that you are taking with girl students at Nistarini are an eye-opener for them. These students are far from the real world and do not get a chance to get exposed to such knowledge. Thank you Givfunds and UNDP for taking this initiative. I request you all to come to our college and do in-person sessions with the girls. They will be more benefited by this.
Prof. Priyabrata Mukherjee, Nistarini College, Purulia
I had a great experience overall and it was a good learning experience for me to interact with the students. The session helped me sharpen my understanding of SDGs while spreading awareness about the same. I was grateful for the opportunity and it helped me fulfil social responsibility.
Sristhi, Mover Facilitator
Despite having a target of training 20000 students which seemed unachievable in the beginning, proper planning and support of our outreach partners ensured us to connect with the youth in a timely and engaging manner and enabled us to surpass our target and train 22246 young people. We are glad about the success of the program and to have created an impact in the lives of thousands of young people who might one day go on to become successful social entrepreneurs in the country.