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COVID-19: Up-skilling Rural Youth to Address Livelihood Challenges

By South Central India Network for Development Alternatives
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  • 82% of female casual workers and 80% of male casual workers lost employment, during the lockdown.

    The youth of rural India have been disproportionately affected by the lockdown, as they are largely unprotected from any social welfare schemes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented economic impact which has unevenly affected those living in the fringes of the Indian society. While joblessness, hunger, access to healthcare are some of the visible effects of the pandemic, it is pulling us down in achieving the sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. The first 5 SDGs No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education.

The priorities on all of these have depreciated during the lockdown, and likely to take a back-seat if economic recovery does not start right away. The Interlinkages of the SDGs makes it more relevant that we start working on tacking job security and upskilling of Indian youth by leveraging technology in the new normal. The youth of rural India, who were predominantly working in the informal sector have been disproportionately affected by the lockdown, as they are largely unprotected from any social welfare schemes. Statistics show that 82% of female casual workers and 80% of male casual workers lost employment, during the lockdown. 



We at Indiadonates along with our partner organisations are looking at technologically driven sustainable ways to merge holistic education that can supplement livelihood opportunities for such youth. Currently, we are working with South Central India Network for Development Alternatives (SCINDeA) in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu to build regional online teaching hub that would provide Vocational Training in the following areas. 

Year 1 

1.Diploma in Computer Applications

2.Spoken English 

3.Smart Phone Repair

Year 2 

1.Computer Hardware Repair

2.Accounting Software (Tally)

3.Desk Top Publishing (DTP) 

These programmes are intended to run for 2 years to maximise the outreach, enhance capacities and also amplify the growth trajectory. The programme targets 630 youth from rural, tribal & slums areas who lost their jobs and livelihood opportunities during the lockdown.  Each online vocational course will have a minimum of 105 beneficiaries. These courses will be conducted at the 15 designated sites of SCIENDeA, that are close to the houses of beneficiaries, with proper social distancing protocols. Specialised teachers will be hired who would design the curriculum of the courses and also provide certification after completion. 


Each of these learning centres will have digital connectivity, requisite computers and resource materials to provide uninterrupted learning to the beneficiaries. The learning centres will also provide hand-holding support for placements by raising awareness of the beneficiaries on setting up small business, connecting them with existing government schemes etc. The programme will help beneficiaries develop skills to use enhanced technology for improved livelihoods. According, our NGO partner 75% of participants will have develop a livelihood option within 2 months of the training. A minimum 20% of the participants would have started their own enterprises or self-employment through bank linkages and govt. schemes.

Online Vocational Training for 630 Marginalized Rural & Tribal Youth affected by COVID-19

S. No. Description Number of beneficiaries

Unit Cost





Technical Reqirements for the Course for the students





Video camera, high speed internet connection, white board -1, Mike & Audio (for one time purchase for the 630 beneficiaries)





Sub Total - A





Programmes Running Cost





Curriculum development, honorarium for the instructers & learning course materails and students support center coordination expense





Sub Total - B










Coordination expenses at the main teaching hub (monthly  internet charges, computer stationery, electricity charges, computer maintenance etc.,)





Sub Total - C





Total Project Cost (A+B+C)





Per Child cost


Total Cost for 630 




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South Central India Network for Development Alternatives

SOUTH CENTRAL INDIA NETWORK for DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES is a reputed pioneering Networking NGO that has been specializing in the field of development for the past 18-20 years. The Network is constituted of 14 field-based organizations that are geographically situated in south-central regions of India – 3 districts Andhra Pradesh, 2 district Karnataka and 10 districts in Tamil Nadu. The t...read more

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