Organizational Briefs

SPAN is a voluntary organization primarily working for ensuring and protecting the rights of the children. Youth are seen as big friends and child rights defenders in the first place. Youth are also included as change makers and working as the development partner of SPAN; while their accountability and participation in governance is ensured in alignment of their development in education, skill and livelihood. SPAN relies on partnering with the communities composed of the scheduled caste, tribe, religious minority, other backward caste and communities, migrants and displaced population. Over the past more than two and a half decades since 1989 when it got registered under the Societies Registration Act 1961, SPAN has evolved through its concern and multifaceted involvement with issues like child development, women empowerment, livelihood concerns of marginal sections, especially unorganised labour (including child labour), and integrated rural development through natural resource management for livelihood and food security.  It envisages a society which is economically productive, socially just, environmentally sound and genuinely democratic. SPAN has been working since 28 years at the State and National level in its own capacity, networking and alliances on the issues of nutrition, protection, education, adolescent health and livelihood issues. It has been involved at a local level with wide range of Right holders belonging to the marginalized section of the society, viz. children, youth, women, landless labour, unorganized worker, forest dwellers , tea plantation worker etc. Advocating for a policy level changes and addressing gaps in enforcement and implementation it works in the areas of governance, accountability watch, child budget analysis and research and publication. Geographical Coverage
District Location Ward no Municipality Block GP
Kolkata Belgachhia 3      
  Basanti Colony 29      
North 24 Parganas Promodnagar & Bediapara     South Dum Dum    
      Baranagar    
      Kamarhati    
      Titagarh    
      Barakpur    
South 24 Parganas       Basanti 5
Murshidabad       Sagardighi Nabagram 10
Bankura       Khatra I Hirbandh 10
Purulia       Bandwan 5
Birbhum       Rajnagar Md. Bazar 10
Jalpaiguri       Meteli Nagrakata 25 tea gardens in 10 GPs
AREA OF ENGAGEMENT
  • Education for Children and Youth
  • Child Protection
  • Participation of Children and Youth in Governance
  • Youth skill development, entrepreneurship and employment
  • Women Rights
  • Rural Livelihoods
  • Rights of Plantation Worker
  • Rights of Unorganized worker
  SPAN: Major Activities with Children, Adolescent & Youth
  • Sensitizing community about Early Childhood Care and Development and Facilitating enrolment of eligible children under ICDS
  • Engagement with Anganwadi Centres in our operational areas
  • Work closely with VLCPC, BLCPC, Police and  DCPU in connection to the protection issues of the children
  • Mainstreaming Out of School Children through enrolling them in Regular School or Open School
  • Remedial Coaching support for out of school children who are enrolled in school
  • School based motivational workshop and training on child rights for children
  • Formation of Children group and building their capacity as a process of child protection and participation
  • Facilitating Capacity building training for Block Level and Village Level Child Protection Committee
  • Community Mobilization and Sensitization on Child Protection Issues
  • Rescue and Rehabilitation of Missing and Trafficked Children
  • Child Budget Analysis in collaboration with UNICEF
  • Formation of Adolescent and Youth Group and building their capacity on Active Citizenship
  • Career Counselling and Personality Development for Adolescent and Youth
SPAN as Vocational training Provider:
  • A separate dedicated wing for VT
  • Empanelled VTP under PBSSD
  • Also registered VTP under SDIS
  • Focus on both urban & rural areas
Trade Covered:
  • Basic Computer Course
  • Accounts Assistant using Tally
  • Web Designing (html & css)
  • BPO Voice & Non-voice
  • Photoshop & Multimedia designing
  • Beauty Therapy & Hair Styling
  • Repair and maintenances of Mobile, AC, Refrigerator
Training and Placement: COVERAGE OF TRAINEE 1205 trainees were trained during 2013 to till date 320 trainees are under training now PLACEMENT
  • 947 were linked with job sector (both self & wage employment) during 2013 to till date
SPAN: Empowering Adolescent & Youth: Mobilization & Capacity Building
  • More than 1500 adolescent and youth are mobilised into groups in 7 districts
  • Evolved a youth forum and at present it takes a shape of national level youth forum named Indian Youth Federation a registered organisation under Society Registration Act, 1961 covering the membership of 4 states in India.
  • Conducting systematic training and education in Active Citizenship, life skill, communication, leadership, reproductive  and sexual health
  • At present we are organising Life Skill Education & Vocational Training among 1500 adolescent girls in various ICDS centre in 5 blocks in Birbhum District in the scheme of Kishori Shakti Yojona under District ICDS Project.
How we engaged with women:
  • Promoting Women forum for addressing developmental as well as Gender issues
  • Facilitating Economic Self-reliance among the women
  • Promoting Sports (e.g. football and archery) as a development tools for Women
  • Training
  • Campaign
How women engaged with their village/town
  • Organize Narishakti, a women platform
  • Organise Annapurna Bhandar
  • Organise village resource mapping exercise and village development planning
  • Organize sessions on gender sensitivity.
  • Organise sessions on various government schemes running in their block
  • Organise awareness campaigns on various social issues.
  • Organise Gramin Pathsala for guidance teaching to stop school dropout in their areas by Narishakti members.
  • Organise kitchen garden using non chemical fertilizers.
Contact Prabir Basu Secretary, SPAN BE 328 Salt Lake City Sector 1. Kolkata - 700064 Phone: 033-46020062 Mobile no: 9331992897/9874488809 Email: info@spanvoice.org Website: www.spanvoice.org