There is A Lot to Learn from KISS: UNFPA India Representative
“There is a lot to be learnt from Kalinga Institute of Social Science (KISS), especially with respect to how the institute has applied different programmes in a holistic manner,” said Ms. Frederika Meijer, UNFPA Country Representative to India. She was on a two-day visit to the state to meet with the government and non government agencies to discuss on UNFPA’s partnership for Population and Development programs in the state. As a part of her programme, she visited KISS on 17th July 2012 and interacted with the students of tribal community studying in the institute.
Ms. Meijer appreciated the efforts made by KISS to empower children from the most disadvantaged communities of the state through education. She expressed confidence that Life Skills Education imparted to the adolescents at KISS is a positive step and will have far reaching effect on the health and well being of future generation of Odisha.
The LSE being implemented at KISS with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) since 2010 covers more than 3000 adolescent girls and boys in a residential set up. The approach at KISS is a comprehensive one where Life Skills Education is transacted through curricular and co-curricular methodology and is backed up by counseling and health services. Besides, creative communication activities, exposure visits and research on issues of adolescents in the state have enriched the initiative providing rich insights to the needs of young girls and boys of the state.
Ms. Meijer thanked Dr. A. Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS for his noble effort towards empowering the weakest section of the society.