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Client Type : Civil Society Organisation
Practice Area : Development Sector Consulting , NGO Engagement
Project Type : Research , Strategy
Project Status : Completed Projects
Sectors : Education , Skill Development

Client: Save The Children, India

Timelines: December 2015 - May 2016

Scale:Punjab (Mansa, Muktsar, Bathinda, Fazilka Districts); Haryana: (Hissar, Fatehabad, Sirsa Districts)


‘Strengthening Child Rights in the Cotton Farming Districts of Punjab and Haryana’ is an ongoing initiative of Save the Children, India, Pratham Education Foundation and Breakthrough Trust, with N R Management Consultants India Pvt Ltd (NRMC), as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) partner. The programme that started in 2013, covers a total 846 villages, further divided into 556 villages in four districts of Punjab (Bathinda, Muktsar, Mansa and Fazilka) and 290 villages in three districts of Haryana (Hisar, Sirsa and Fatehabad). It targets 6,23,802 children and 29,400 adults as its direct beneficiaries. During the course of the programme implementation, it was found that a large number of children in the age group of 15 to 18 years, that is ‘adolescents’, drop out of school to financially support their families and in doing so, forego their aspirations for further studies and desired occupations. In order to address this issue, as part of the ongoing programme, Save the Children intended to design interventions targeting skill development of adolescents.

NRMC India’s Role:

NRMC was tasked to undertake a study to gauge the aspirations of adolescents and how these can be bridged by enabling them to be immersed in the local economy and design a skill development strategy based on the findings. The assignment aimed to look at the following:

  • Occupation aspirations of adolescents
  • Influencing factors to shape these aspirations; opportunities and barriers to meet those aspirations
  • Opportunities available in the local economy to fulfil such aspirations
  • Key resource institutions for skill building and training
  • Potential areas for designing and developing a skill development strategy

Business Environment and Market Requirements were studied on the Demand Side. Supply side stakeholders included adolescents, parents, peer networks, migrants, entrepreneurs, teachers/ School Management Committees, Child Protection Committees (CPCs); the demand side included local industries, small sector entrepreneurs and traditional occupation practitioners as well as the Government. Institutions / organisations imparting skills were also mapped. The study was primarily qualitative in nature. An in depth review of secondary literature was undertaken to understand the socio-economic scenario and existing business environment as well as training and skill building institutions in place and schemes for adolescents relating to skill building. Field work was undertaken in a total seven villages across seven blocks and seven districts. Participatory tools like Focus Group Discussion (FGDs), Preference ranking, In Depth Interviews (IDIs), skill mapping were used for gathering in depth information from different categories of stakeholders.