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Education of Adolescents for Development in India: The case of Doosra Dashak

Denzil Saldanha (Author)
Synopsis Adolescents in India are estimates to be 230 million and will play a major role in determine the size and growth pattern of India's population. It is estimated that nearly one-third of them have remained unschooled. The data suggests that the group, with inadequate education on matters relating to health, is at increasing risk of contracting STD and HIV/AIDS. While this idealistic age group has tremendous potential, there are hardly and integrated, holistic programmes for their development. Doosra sashak (DD) has attempted to address this critical age group in a region marked by fragile economy and low social development indicators. The DD Process essentially consists of residential training camps for adolescent participants which aim at providing integrated basic education and convey the ideology of DD -holistic education for leadership through organized action to achieve the goals of equality and social justice. Drawing from the DD experience, the study concludes with a conceptual analysis of the relation between three major dimensions that have contemporary relevance in development literature: life skills and livelihood, issues of scale and significance, sustainability and the formation of people' organizations. This study will provide a platform for exchange of ideas among practitioners, policy makers, academics and activists engaged in similar efforts with adolescents in rural areas.
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About the author

Denzil Saldanha

Denzil Saldanha is Professor, Centre for Sociology of Education, Tata Institute of Social science, Mumbai. His research interests have been in the areas of social movements; voluntary social action groups and development organizations; elementary, non-formal and adult education. He has several publications to this credit in these areas. He has been teaching, researching and contributing to policy in these areas, particularly in the field of adult education, for over two decades. His involvement with higher education institutions and NGOs has opened new fields of social action and enquiry. He has served as a member of state and national level committees such as the National Literacy Mission Authority and planning sub-committees and as a consultant to government, funding agencies, bilateral and multilateral institutions. 

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Title Education of Adolescents for Development in India: The case of Doosra Dashak
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.07.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8131601277
length viii+216p., Tables; Figures; References; Maps; Appendix; Index 23cm.