Case Study: Skills in Schools

The ASPIRE TTT Program 2016 (Andhra Pradesh Schools Program Innovation For Research & Excellence) is a train-the-trainer program that is part of the collaboration between Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham and the Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC). AMMACHI Labs team members from the 2nd Foundation conducted a specially designed program for the 24 mentors from Andhra Pradesh State Skill Development Corporation (APSSDC). They underwent a 3 week long immersive Train The Trainer (TTT) program on vulnerability mapping with mentorship skills to prepare them for future workshops in rural schools in Andhra Pradesh. Participants engaged in group discussions on various social and environmental issues and gained vital skills and techniques to adapt to the changes and learned to design their own solutions to help tackle these issues. As a final project, the mentors along with AMMACHI Labs team members conducted workshops at the Amritavidyalayam School in Haripad for 110 students.

Amrita Vidyalayam Schools are the first in the nation to bring computerized vocational and life skills training to 190 girls and boys grades 7, 8, and 9 with trades that include Two-Wheeler Maintenance, Artificial Jewelry Making, Fabric Painting, Life Skills and Values-Based Education. The pilot program aims to reach 27 Amrita Vidyalayam Schools across India in the near future. The courses are delivered through the online vocational training portal MySangham which was developed by AMMACHI Labs and A-VIEW.