Laya makes a difference in empowering marginalized communities

Lifelong Learning

Adivasi youth and women educated through the mainstream education system tend to be alienated from their own traditional culture, history, rights and hence often turn out to be misfits to their local context. LAYA facilitates training and capacity building programs designed to ensure contextual understanding, relevant knowledge and skills enabling them to play a leadership role in the region.

Our outreach and engagement in the area of lifelong learning has been in the districts of East Godavari, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh. We reach out directly to more than 4000 youth, of which 50% are young women, and to more than 100 Community Based Organisations, who in turn are engaged in more than a 1000 villages across the Scheduled Areas of Andhra Pradesh.


The educational programs at LAYA are of a longer duration and are structured with a syllabus.

  • Adult crash literacy program
  • Community College initiative : Short-term and long-term training programmes
  • Environmental education and sustainable development course for high school students within a forest ecosystem
  • Climate Change education in adivasi schools

In addition we reach out to over 20000 young adivasi men and women through different campaigns.

Besides, LAYA is a network member of The Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education

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