Examples of good practice for SDGs at KIIT-KISS, India
Current Initiatives from KIIT-KISS for the SDGs
The global agenda for sustainable development has been a lived experience that has been part of the organisation’s working vision since inception. By sharing this roadmap for implementation of SDGs at KISS in a methodical manner, we hope to inspire a sense of urgency, while also sharing fresh & innovative ideas & initiatives for tackling these pressing global challenges, specifically within the context of indigenous rights and sustainable development for tribal communities in India.
SDG 1 – No Poverty
- Providing quality holistic education provided to nearly 60,000 students (30k in Bhubaneswar, 15k alumni & 15k students in satellite centres)
- Offering multi-faceted vocational training covering wide range of skills
- Implementing a unique ‘Earn while you Learn’ program to enable students to earn supplemental income alongside their studies
SDG 2 – Zero Hunger
- The Mega Kitchen of KISS, featured in National Geographic, helps to provide food for all our students by harnessing steam as a sustainable source of energy
- Providing balanced meal with high micro-nutrients and protein value to all our students.
- Reducing malnutrition especially among indigenous children by providing them with nutritious food.
- Implementing 2 research projects aimed at addressing food security issues: TIGR2ESS Project with University of Cambridge, and Project CHIRAG with University of East Anglia, PRADAN & Gram Vaani
SDG 3 – Good Health & Well Being
- Arrangement of regular vaccination programs in collaboration with Max India Foundation.
- Manufacturing unit for free of cost sanitary napkins and conducting Menstrual awareness through UNFPA’s ‘Life Skills Education’ project, across the state.
- KISS addresses its students with all adolescent and Reproductive sexual health through UNFPA’s ‘Life Skills Education’ project.
- KISS arrests diseases like Malaria & Anemia prevalent in tribal dominated areas.
SDG 4 – Quality Education
- Providing free of cost, quality holistic education to over 60,000 tribal students
- Providing an English Access program in collaboration with the US Department of State, to improve speaking, listening, writing and reading skills of students.
- Providing Smart Classrooms in collaboration with Oracle, to facilitate interactive learning.
- Providing a ‘Mother-Tongue Based Multi-Lingual Education’ (MTBMLE) program through the Bernard van Leer Foundation.
SDG 8 – Decent Work & Economic Growth
- Training students on vocational skills like tailoring, appliqué work, food processing, chemical production, animal husbandry, pisciculture etc.
- Imparting entrepreneurship skill training with the support of British Council and UNDP.
- Providing free professional education in degrees like engineering, medicine, and law to talented indigenous youth.
- Drastically reducing forced labour, modern slavery and human trafficking in tribal Odisha through free education and state-wide campaigning.
SDG 10 – Reduced Inequalities
- Creating the world’s first weekly indigenous language news broadcast (Santali Khabar) on mainstream satellite television.
- Sustaining efforts towards income growth through vocational training, professional education and self-employment.
- Employing candidates from underserved communities, transgender employees and strictly using non-discriminative policies, and providing equal opportunities & pay for all.
- Providing English Access courses with the US Department of State, to improve students’ https://artofgiving.in.net/communication skills.
- Providing multiple efforts promoting entrepreneurship through innovative learning and collaboration.
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