New Delhi, May 18, 2013: Sonam Topgyal Khorlatsang, Secretary, Department of Home [DoH], Central Tibetan Administration paid a visit to Second Chance Programme at New Delhi today. He met 21 young Tibetans who are the recipients of the programme. He was accompanied by Chime Rigzin, Additional Secretary and Jigmey Tsultrim, Joint Secretary of DoH.
Second Chance Programme is an initiative of Delhi and Gurgaon based organisations; Ritinjali and Pallanvanjali for students who have not been able to continue their studies in school. The students are mostly between 17 – 24 years of age. Empowering the Vision Project discovered this programme for young Tibetans. Empowering the Vision Project found this opportunity for unemployed youth through Mr. Arun Kapur who chairs the ENVISION Trust and also heads Ritinjali. In the past, Empowering the Vision has sent one person from Transit School to the programme.
21 young Tibetans are provided free food and home during the course of 12 months of training and internship. These 21 Tibetans are from Tibetan settlements like; Kollegal, Mundgod, Mainpat, Chandragiri, Ladakh and Nepal. They have been in the programme for a month now. TechNoServe India funded some of these needy students’ travel from their settlements to Delhi.
They share their food and home with 16 non-Tibetan students. Many of these non-Tibetan students have already completed the training part of the programme and are already working with different 5 Star Hotels, Bakeries, and Restaurants. Some are also working with Fashion Designers in and around Delhi.
In the initial six months, students will be taught key skills in communication, personality development, learning, basic numerical and information technology. This programme aims to instil self- esteem and confidence in the youth. It provides age appropriate education and vocational skills to enable the youth to become constructive members of the society.
In the following six months, students will be given job specific training like; Bakery and Confectioneries, Computer Applications, Cooking, Banking and Fashion Designing. Internship and job placement support will be provided at the end of the one year programme.
Secretary of DoH wished all the participants very well and thanked Ritinjali and Pallavanjali for this wonderful programme.