Udaan is a one-of-its-kind government-run school-based adolescent education program that seeks to promote positive, comprehensive adolescent development among boys and girls from classes 6 to 11 and establish a cadre of healthy and empowered young people.
Udaan has been scaled up across all districts of Jharkhand and sustained over the past decade. This school based life skills education program is being implemented by Government of Jharkhand’s School Education and Literacy Department with technical assistance from Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3), Formerly CEDPA India, supported by the Packard Foundation, since 2006 in 1485 secondary and senior secondary schools including all Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) across all districts in the state.
The World Health Organization has selected Udaan as a case study, which recounts Udaan’s story and identifies factors that contributed to its successful expansion and sustenance. On December 16th, a conference was held with representatives from 5 states and a total of 80 participants to share details of Udaan and discuss how other states can learn from Udaan’s experience to be initiated, scaled-up, and sustained with state ownership and leadership.