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Policy relevant Adolescents
Policy relevant Adolescents

1.) National Youth Policy 2003

  • addresses sub group 13-19 yrs. within the broader age group 13-35 yrs.
  • youth empowerment through education, nutrition, leadership development and equality of opportunity.
  • gender justice through education, access to services including reproductive health and decision-making process to productive resources and economic opportunities.
  • state-sponsored and free counselling services for youth, particularly adolescents

2.) National Sports Policy 2001

  • integration of Sports and Physical Education with the Educational Curriculum
  • sports & physical education to be a compulsory subject of learning up to the secondary school level
  • a National Fitness Programme in all schools

3.) National  Policy on Education 1986, Modified-1992,

  • universal enrolment and universal retention of children up to 14 years of age.
  • constitutional amendment to make education a fundamental right (up to 14 years).
  • a large and systematic programme of non-formal education will be launched for school dropouts, forchildren from habitations without schools, working children and girls who cannot attend whole-day schools
  • vocational courses at secondary level. 
  • To provide for educational programme of adolescent girls.
  • population education must be viewed as an important part of nation’s strategy to control the growth of population,
  • programmes should be modulated and inform youth and adolescents about family planning and responsibleparenthood.

4.) National Policy for the Empowerment of Women-(2001).  

  • remove discrimination against girl child, adolescent girl etc.
  • focuses at critical link between the health of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women with health of infants and children

5.) National Nutrition Policy (1993)

  • reaching   adolescent girl for a safe motherhood status and  to address nutritional needs.
  • to monitor periodically  nutritional status of adolescent girls below the poverty line. 


 “Doosra Dashak program, which is being implemented in Rajasthan focusing on rural illiterate adolescents has been able to successfully engage with this group through organization of  longer duration residential camps, adopting integrated, holistic approach to adolescent  learning combining the initial camps with ongoing continuing education opportunities through helping adolescents’ to form adolescent groups , organizing issues based training , engaging them in the exercises related to social mapping , associating them with Gyan Vigyan Kendras, libraries, Ikhavelos (learning centers) and offering them many opportunities on a regular basis to serve as peer educators as well as rural counselors to support their peers. The expansion of the Doosra Dashak approach in several states of north India by civil society groups working on adolescent issues is evidence of the success of a holistic programming approach for out of school adolescents.”

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