The objective of the PRAYATNA project is to provide youth friendly counselling services in the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya schools through training and supervision of staff nurses. Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas (JNVs) are a network of residential schools, across the country, run by the Central Government.

There are approximately 573 JNVs across India, offering free education to students selected through an All India Entrance Exam. The objective is to provide quality education to deserving students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, especially from rural areas.

What We Do
In the first year the PRAYATNA project was based in schools from two regions i.e. Chandigarh and Pune, The staff nurses (SN’s) from all the schools attended a ten day orientation programme and then a refresher training program was conducted for staff nurses from half of the schools(support arm).The SN’s from the support arm also received telephonic support on a regular basis.

This project was completed in July 2010. In October 2010 this same project was funded by UNFPA to be scaled up in five States of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Orissa, Bihar, and Maharashtra.

The second phase of the project has th objective of consolidating the activites of the first phase and to and scale up and evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of providing youth friendly counselling services.

Two orientation trainings program for Staff nurses of the Bhopal region and Jaipur regions have been conducted already. The nurses from Bhubaneshwar region will be trained in December.All of the staff nurses will receive telephonic support and supervision on a fortnightly basis and monitoring data is being recorded for the training as well as the supervision.