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  • KISS
  • KIIT

Being a pioneering educational institute in the state of Odisha, India, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) provides free education and residential facilities to 25,000 Tribal students, out of which 12,500 are Adolescents. From 2009, with the support of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), KISS has been endeavouring to hone the abilities of its Adolescents through Life Skills Education (LSE) based Adolescent Reproductive Sexual Health (ARSH) education in order to enable them to deal with the demands and challenges in their life effectively. The proposed intervention in KISS aims at building institutional capacity and networking with other potential institutions to overcome knowledge and skills deficit in the state for the promotion of LSE.

During these years, several initiatives have been undertaken for promotion of LSE among tribal adolescents in KISS. KISS has emerged as resource agency having a critical mass of resource persons and a wide range of communication and training materials with socio-cultural sensitivity have also been developed. Most of the resource materials used for LSE programme in the state were developed and tested at KISS. From the year 2012 to 2014, in a phased manner, the life skills based SRH education was scaled up to 500 residential schools covering 318 tribal residential high schools and 182 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) in collaboration with ST and SC Development (SSD) and School and Mass Education (S&ME) Department, Government of Odisha respectively. KISS provided handholding and technical support in implementation of Life skill based SRH education program in schools. From 2015 programme in government tribal residential schools was scaled up by the ST & SC Development Department, Government of Odisha.

In KISS, LSE sessions were transacted to students of grades 6th to 9th through co-curricular approaches by trained teachers covering over 9,000 tribal adolescents. An MIS is available to track transaction of LSE sessions in class. At the college level and school level peer educators have been trained in the life skills based SRH education and are encouraged to promote life skills education and address myths and misconceptions about ARSH among peers. Activities are backed up by counselling, health services, menstrual hygiene promotion, creative communication activities and community awareness on ARSH issues by trained peer educators during summer vacation. In order to promote counselling services teachers have been identified and their capacity has been developed on counseling. Further, the sanitary napkin manufacturing unit established with support from UNFPA is operational and partially supported by KISS for its maintenance including staff for its management.

Recent News & Events
  • 1. 597 nodal teachers were trained in Life skills & SRH education program in 2014.
  • 2. Consultation meeting with commissioner-cum-Project director ,OPEPA , Odisha for rolling out the intervensions in all KGBVs of Odisha .
  • 3. 90 peer educators organized Community Awareness Program on Life skills & SRH during summer vacation (May and June) 2014.
  • 4. Consultation meeting with commissioner-cum-secretary ,SC and ST development department for upscaling the intervention in 30 districts of Odisha.
  • 5. Organised training for 41 newly inducted District Resource persons on LSE & ARSH .
  • 6. Organised training for 55 newly inducted KISS teachers on LSE & ARSH .
  • 7. Organised Capacity building training on life skills based SRH education for 66 teacher educators under DIET at Puri from 3rd to 5th Sept'14.
  • 8. Organised Training program on Life Skills based SRH education for 30 Gender Coordinators under OPEPA at Puri from 2nd to 4th Sept'14 .
Recent Visitors
  • Visit of Dr. Mark Derueuw, the Deputy Country Representative, UNFPA India.
  • Visit of Mrs. Aparajita Sarangi, Commissioner cum Secretary, School & Mass Education Department, Government of Odisha.
  • Visit of Shri Vilasrao Deshmukh, Hon'ble Union Minister of Science & technology and Earth Sciences, Government of India.
  • Visit Of Dr. Dinesh Agarwal UNFPA, New Delhi.
  • Mr. Anders Thomsen, Deputy Representative India, UNFPA visited and witnessed the Nodal Teachers Training Programme.
  • Mr. S.K. Popli, Director, SSD Department, Govt. of Odisha will visited and witnessed the Nodal Teachers Training Programme.
  • Visit of Ms. Frederika Meijer, Representative, UNFPA, India