A range of continuing education activities has been undertaken to enhance the capacities of adolescents who have completed the four-month residential education programme. It covers:
- Short-term training programmes on specific themes ;
- Self-learning through Ikhvelos, Dhani libraries and Jhola Pustakalaya;
- Gyan Vigyan Kendras also a part of our Ikhvelos. Out of school adolescents as well as school going students are provided opportunities to do scientific experiments, look at the night sky through a telescope, read scientific books and engage in other scientific activities;
- Institutionalized continuing education activity in the form of Prerna Kendras and Ikhvelo, as well as small libraries which serve as science centres and offer facilities for sports and recreation and fora for community action; and
- Open Middle School (OMSs)/NIOS, to enable older adolescents to continue their education up to XII standards.
Ikhvelo is a word of Zulu and Khosa languages (spoken in South Africa). Ikhvelo literally means "whistling". When a group of youth calls other youth through the sound of whistle or drum to engage in constructive activities the sound it makes is called Ikhvelo. In Doosra Dashak this word is adopted to create a model of centre which would serve at the panchayat level to facilitate a culture of reading and learning amongst the adolescents and youth, who are the clientele of Doosra Dashak.
These persons are also expected to engage in activities of social development. The overall goal behind establishment of Ikhvelo is to foster a culture of lifelong learning and fostering of the values of democracy, secularism and equity enshrined in the Constitution of India.
These are centres for adolescent persons to reinforce and sustain their education. Ikhvelos also help to acquire understanding and skills on varied issues related to their life and to involve the larger community in education and participatory development. These are intended to be multidimensional centres set up with a view to providing diverse kinds of educational services.
Activities of Ikhvelos are -
(1) Open Learning Centre:
a) As a centre of open learning for adolescents Ikhvelos provide opportunities to them to take grade V or grade XII examination through certification from National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).
b) Based on the needs of the adolescents these centres offer short courses on various issues such as Rural Journalism, Indian Constitution, Human Rights, Reproductive Health, etc.
c) These centres also help school going adolescents up to grade VIII in their studies and provide supplementary instruction through organisation of specific issue based workshops/ trainings, etc.
(2) Information/ Resource Centre: Where information regarding various developmental schemes of the govt., village specific data, special programmes for SC/ST communities, etc.are made available. In due course, it is proposed to provide a computer to each Ikhvelo for the purposes of easy accessibility to information and communication.
(3) Community Science Centre: Ikhvelos attempt to organize activities for demystification of science and inculcation of scientific attitude amongst the community and the adolescents whether they are school going or out of school. They could also plan and organise training programmes, discussions, demonstrations, audio-video shows, etc. in the village to popularize science in the community.
(4) Library and Reading Room Ikhvelos would also necessarily function as libraries-cum-reading rooms where people could read and discuss. Each Ikhvelo is provided with books, charts, models, etc. and funds for one or two newspapers and journals.
(5) Cultural and recreational centres: The Ikhvelos also organise recreational activities for youth which may include sports and games, athletics, adventure activities, theatre, puppetry, etc. Clientele of Ikhvelos The clientele of the Ikhvelos comprises of -
- young persons who have participated in residential trainings run by Doosra Dashak and are interested in further education through non-formal modes,
- school students,
- educated youth,
- other community members, specially women.