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Livelihood Education

We carve out fulfilling and engaging careers for marginalised youth while providing them with support and encouragement to reach for their dreams. We don’t just provide technical skills, we help young people build dignity and confidence in themselves.

Excellent education and pioneering careers cannot be only for the rich.

Young people coming from marginalised groups like the urban and rural poor, Dalits, Adivasis and women, are often at risk of dropping out of the education system. Girls often feel the societal pressure to get married and find their education curtailed and their lives restricted. 

Our wide range of certificate and diploma courses provide perspectives and skills that would help young people enter and influence socially critical professions. Each course equips students with livelihood and life skills to address emerging social and environmental concerns

Meghana's Story

Meghana's Story

Back to College after ten years at home in Hospet!

"After marriage, my life was just cooking and looking after my three children and relatives"

Meghana’s prospects seemed bleak. When her father died, she became very disturbed and depressed. In 2014, through SAKHI, an NGO that works closely with Samvada, she learned of a new kind of course about women’s lives. She grabbed the opportunity and enrolled in the Facilitating Women’s Wellness and Justice certificate course. Through the course, Meghana learnt to deal with her own problems and also started speaking to other women in distress. 

She has now set up Chaitanya Trust in Hospet and works in high schools and colleges offering counselling, career guidance, sexual health awareness and safety awareness. Empowered and equipped with valuable skills, she created an independent and meaningful career path for herself. She is now very happy, helping others heal and grow. She is even thinking of starting her own pre-school,  after learning more about Early Childhood Education.

Our Programme offers

Livelihood Oriented Courses through Baduku Centre for Livelihood Learning

Baduku Centre for Livelihood Learning addresses the need for meaningful, rewarding and dignified livelihoods for young people from socially excluded communities. Our courses help disadvantaged youth enter and influence socially critical professions.

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Placement of Students in Socially Critical Professions

More than 70% of the students who have graduated from Baduku Centre for Livelihood Learning have been placed or are pursuing higher education in the same field. Instead of working in call centres as tech support, they are now journalists, counsellors, farmers, and educators!

Support and Strength through Alumni Associations

Our relationship with those who enter Baduku does not end with the course. We provide students with continuous mentoring, and facilitate the formation of professional associations and alumni networks. These Alumni Associations support students navigate the diverse experiences and challenges of the workplace, and help them influence workplace practices and discourses.