UDAAN – In School, at Scale, Adolescence Education Program
UDAAN: In School, at Scale, Adolescence Education Program is a public-private partnership program between the State Development of Education, Government of Jharkhand, the Jharkhand State Aids Control Society (JSACS) and Centre for Catalyzing Change, supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Launched in 2006, UDAAN aims to promote adolescent development and establish a cadre of healthy and empowered youth. UDAAN strengthens the Adolescence Education Program (AEP) in all senior secondary schools in the state of Jharkhand. Centre for Catalyzing Change provides technical assistance to integrate life skills-based adolescent education in the state secondary education system by strengthening teacher training, developing teaching curriculum and developing and operationalizing a monitoring system for the Jharkhand state government.
UDAAN is recognized by national and state government (including National Aids Control Organization) as an at scale partnership program for replication in other states. The program, one of the largest interventions of its kind in north India, over the past years has reached out to over 500,000 adolescents through the UDAAN curricula in classes IX and XI in almost 1500 government secondary/senior secondary schools including Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas (KGBVs) and around 20,000 students in classes 6, 7 and 8.