Beyond Resettlement: Working With Youth Affected By Displacement And Resettlement in Delhi

Location: New Delhi

Grassroots Partner:  Programme for Social Action

Project Description:

Working with youth affected by displacement and resettlement in Delhi. As urbanization rapidly accelerates in India,the urban poor get squeezed out of cities, often multiple times.The organization takes up the cause of those who have been affected by urban displacement, especially the youth. It offers after-school tutoring, libraries, extra-curricular activities and out-of-town team-building excursions.
They seeks to use cultural and educational strategies and tools to address the impacts that displacement has had on youth living in slums in Delhi. Our aim is to be able to strengthen capacities of youth so that they are able to address and cope with its impacts and harms. 
 
Primary purpose is to mitigate the anger and self-destructive behavior that results from being exposed to the violence and trauma of displacement and thoughtless rehabilitation. Through arts, culture, education and discussions, we attempt to channel their energy into meaningful pursuits, as well as help answer some of the larger questions of why such events occur and how the youth understand and come to terms with them. 
Some of the primary questions that then arise are of 
  1. How do we help them make sense of the events (of displacement and rehabilitation) that have taken place? 
  2. How do we bring back some element of childhood which is an essential part of growing up and has major impacts on who we are or how we are as adults?
  3. How do we re-situate young people into educational systems? 
  4. Most importantly, how do the youth understand and address these issues themselves in the long term. More than just to go beyond displacement and rehabilitate themselves, but rather understand and address these issues.

Highlights:

Currently we are working with approximately 2,500 youth who have been part of our different programmes, workshops and events. We are in the process of getting around 100 youths admissions in MCD schools. 20-25 older children are being encouraged and supported in giving Class 10th and Class 12th board exams through the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) an alternative examination system for those not registered in recognized schools – we hope to be able to further this process in the coming year. 

The other element of our work has been to help youth understand the social- political and economic context of their lives, raise awareness about health and sanitation, as well as focus on human rights education.

There has been an expression of interest from the young people to learn technical/ vocational skills such as sewing and computer education.

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