Third phase peer leaders training for boys from BTCD slums to end tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The third phase of peer leaders training being organised at city-based Centre for Youth and Social Development (CYSD) to make them aware on issues like financial management in day-to-day life, would end tomorrow. The training programme started on Tuesday.
The training under the aegis of Socially Smart Bhubaneswar, a joint initiative by the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL), Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is focussing on financial issues including aspects like keeping track of one’s own expenses, planning finances properly, opening of bank account, avoiding investing money in bad sectors like chit funds and such other schemes. The participants were also made aware on various schemes of savings and insurance products that come in handy during periods of crises.
This is the third phase of the training provided to the young boys from Bhubaneswar Town Centre District (BTCD) area. in the first phase of training they were made aware of group formation, how to conduct meetings, importance of managing people, adding and keeping friends in life, making own identity, knowing each other and working together etc.
It can be mentioned here that in the second phase of their training issues of adolescent health, HIV/AIDS, health and hygiene, own rights and entitlements etc were taught to them.
BSCL General Manager (Operations) Bijay Kumar Swain said “through the peer leaders we will create more young leaders within the BTCD area and beyond to take the social message forward and also make the society smart in all aspect.’’
Within the framework of Socially Smart Bhubaneswar girls were also being given training to make them economically independent, how to become better leaders, adopting skills to know self-defence techniques etc. However, in comparison to girls, it came out that boys were investing money in chit funds and such other schemes wishing more returns.
During the peer leaders’ training it came out that around 50 families of Shanti Nagar slum lost around Rs 12 lakh due to such unmindful spending in chit funds. The boys said that they would go and talk about the issue in their families and encourage them not to invest in any such schemes.

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