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Ammachi Labs - Empowering rural women through ICT in TVET

Initiative acts to:
  • Enhancing women’s and girls’ access to TVET programmes and providing equal opportunities in the world of work
  • Improving skills education through use of technology and preparing learners for a digital world

Initiative description
In India, women from rural communities often have little say in family and community decision-making. Skill development is a recognized medium of empowerment. However, access to technical vocational education and training (TVET) remains a challenge to a majority of those living in rural India. With the goal of empowering women, AMMACHI Labs offers a programme that uses innovative approaches and modern technology to overcome the obstacles rural women face in terms of access to TVET. In addition to developing technical skills that are in demand in the labour market (such as plumbing and fabric painting),a life skills courses called Life Enrichment Education (LEE) are integrated into the training, which provides awareness on personal, family and community issues and also stimulates critical thinking and problem solving. AMMACHI Labs also deploys a Mobile Vocational Education (MoVe) van, which is equipped with ICT tools for education. As of 2017, the programme is active in 27 villages in 21 states. The programme has provided thousands of women with practical skills that have enhanced their earning potential and increased their capacity to participate in decision-making at the individual, family and community levels.

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Overview of the initiative
Implemented by: AMMACHI Labs, Amrita University
From/until: 2012/open
Funding: Donor-based (funded in part by United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF) and in part by Amrita University
Email contact: Prof. Rao R. Bhavan
bhavani (at) ammachilabs.org

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page date 2019-09-03



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