October 29, 2018
Skill development, technology to help vulnerable adolescents: State WCD Minister
The State Women & Child Development Minister has said that skill development, greater exposure to technology and better coordination with education and health systems will help address the vulnerability of adolescents.
Speaking at a workshop on October 9, the minister said that nutritional needs of adolescents were being taken care of by the existing government schemes. But areas of self-reliance could be strengthened by linking them with ‘Kanyashree’ and ‘Utkarsh Bangla’, a skill development programme for youth, she added.
A group of adolescents at the workshop described how a pilot programme at a Kolkata Municipal Corporation ward, under the aegis of the department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, has brought positive changes in their lives. The pilot programme had been undertaken at Ward no. 26 to meet the need to create safe spaces for the adolescents.