The Mentoring Group (MG) comprises of KISS and UNFPA team which provides supportive supervision and guidance for the smooth implementation of the programme. Several rounds of discussions and meetings have been organized with the mentoring group members and resource persons for implementation of the LSE and ARSH programme. A series of capacity building interventions have been undertaken for them with the technical support of agencies and trainers from IL& FS, RGNIYD and independent consultants on LSE and ARSH, leadership, counselling, lesson planning , training, innovative teaching methods etc so that they can effectively impart LSE & ARSH education for the tribal adolescents.
The resource persons from IL&FS education service Mumbai imparted five-day training to the resource persons and mentoring group members from 8th to 12th May 2010 on conceptualisation of LSE and ARSH and its implication for KISS adolescents. In addition the resource persons and PMU members also participated in a training and exposure visit programme at RGNIYD, Chennai from 21st June to 24th June 2010. Professional consultants are engaged for facilitation and promotion of counselling skills of resource persons and PMU members. The Project Officers have also participated in a training programme organised by NCERT at Bhubaneswar on content development for HIV/AIDS and substance abuse in collaboration with SCERT, Odisha from 24th to 27th May 2010. Refresher training programmes for the resource persons have also been organized to upgrade their communication skills and teaching methodologies for imparting the LSE and ARSH.
Additional teachers of KISS are being trained to accelerate the process of integrating the Life Skills in formal education. Apart from resource persons, other potential teachers are trained on basic counselling skills for addressing the counselling needs of the students.
The Ethical committee consists of board of advisors of KISS & KIIT, independent consultants and resource agencies working in the field of LSE and ARSH. The committee provides guidance for overall programme implementation and it's up-scaling. The ethical committee oversees the process and contents and methodology of imparting LSE and ensures social acceptability and cultural palatability.
All resource and communication material developed under the project are regularly scrutinized and discussed in the ethical committee meeting. On the basis of their suggestions and recommendations necessary modifications are made to the contents before its publication and dissemination. As per the guidance of the committee, research and advocacy initiatives are being undertaken for up scaling the intervention and integrating with the formal education system.
Keeping the situation of tribal and rural adolescents of Odisha in mind, several initiatives were undertaken in the project for adaptation and development of resource and communication material in the local context.
Initially, organizations and institutions working in the field of LSE and ARSH were consulted and their communication and resource material were collected for reference. On the basis of the requirement of tribal adolescents the communication and resource material were adapted and developed and adopted. Several rounds of meeting and workshops were organized with resource persons, peer educators, consultants from GO, NGOs, PMU and MG members for finalisation of communication material.
For promotion of course based curriculum on LSE, pictorial book and posters have been developed and printed in adequate numbers for use in the institution. Dockets on ARSH and adolescent issues, playing cards on healthy practices for girls, flip books on growing up process, paper disks on menstrual cycle, cloth aprons on the functioning of different organs including reproductive organs, flip book on healthy practices etc. have been developed and provided to adolescents of KISS. All communication materials have been displayed in the counselling room and adolescent resource centre for reference of students and teachers.
For the refinement of the activities the help of different professional agencies and experts such as RGNIYD and IL&FS have been sought intermittently. Periodic assessments and feedbacks on the process of ongoing activities as well as acquisition of knowledge of students regarding LSE and ARSH helped in improving and taking appropriate corrective measures for imparting LSE and ARSH in the institution. The supports of external consultants are sought for conducting baseline survey and pre assessment in addition to technical inputs in improving the LSE sessions.