Samrakshana's Competence Skill Building program addresses the pressures faced by students to achieve academic excellence. The program helps students become aware of their potential in academics and beyond, allowing them to understand their career and professional choices. When emotional competence has been addressed through the development of life skills, students are better able to focus on achieving optimum academic results and succeeding in professional life.
The program consists of three modules, each spanning 10 sessions over a 10-month period. The modules prepare students in grades 7, 8, and 9 for their matriculation exams in grade 10. The first module develops self-improvement skills, self-disciplined attitudes, self-esteem, and self-awareness using the following tools: goal-setting, creativity, communication, prioritization, practice, planning, handwriting, health and hygiene, and managing pocket money. The subsequent two modules include developing relationship skills and career building.
In addition to emotional competence development, Samrakshana also offers complementary training sessions, held at the school, for all participants in the course. Some of the tools used in the training sessions include presentation sessions and demonstrations, practical activities, participatory sessions, counseling, drawing and developing themes, handwriting, assessment, and reporting.
Samrakshana also ensures that parents are always engaged in the development process and recognizes that preparing students for the pressures of matriculation examinations and life after school requires a cooperative effort from the school, the parents, the students, and Samrakshana.
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CEI approaches in action
The program has now been expanded to include technical students, such as nursing assistants.
The program plans to eventually expand to five to ten government and government-aided schools.
Monitoring & Evaluation
An assessment of the first year of training was conducted in March 2013, convening focus group discussions among students to generate information on the impact of the training.
The program also conducts periodic assessments and includes a final feedback system.