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International Engagement: India

Jordy Bradley - Pravah Partnership Manager in collaboration with Pravah

2015 has been a busy year for our peer-partner Pravah, who work with young people to​ build leadership for social change. The last year has seen Pravah really focus on ‘SCOUL’ (Scale with Soul) programming, which includes a range of new curricula being developed for young people across the country.

Pravah's youth interventions in 2015 included the year long SMILE (Students Mobilisation Initiative for Learning through Exposure) ​program, which gives young Indians the chance to engage with grassroots movements and organsations. The year also brought to a close the journeys of 100 young social change makers from across five states working on social inclusion, through the Changelooms with.in program run by Pravah and Community - The Youth Collective.

Pravah has also contributed to the National and International Sustainable Development Goal’s (SDG) agenda and is working with multiple UN agencies. Excitingly this work led to the opportunity for Pravah’s CEO Neha Buch to introduce President Barack Obama during his tour of India this year.

Additionally Pravah has been supporting a range of activities and campaigns across the youth and social change sectors, and collaborated with Community - The Youth Collective as it launched​ the​ Samjho Toh Express campaign, which seeks to break down intolerance and prejudices by inviting youth to reflect on and break the stereotypes that they hold.

In January a team of Oaktree volunteers were privileged to have the opportunity to spend time in Delhi collaborating with Pravah on our International Youth Exchange trip to India. We are busily planning for next year and look forward to working with Pravah in 2016.