The emergence of a modern and industrialized society has rendered the traditional occupations of the NT-DNTs either reeling under tremendous threat for survival or almost obsolete. Under such circumstances earning decent income for these communities has become a major challenge. There is an immense need to create alternate prospects of employment or to enhance the existing skills the communities possess so as to make them more contemporary in nature.
Since last couple of years, VSSM in partnership with the communities has been striving to help the communities refine and utilize their inherent skills to earn a decent livelihood. In our continued efforts, training workshops are organized at regular intervals. VSSM intervenes at multiple levels to create vocational options for the communities.
At the grassroots level VSSM equips the craftsmen engaged in traditional occupations involving dexterous skills, by building their capacities on the identified facets so as to enhance their skills and where need be introduce them to new vocations. So far, series of training workshops have been conducted with communities of Nathwadee, Saraniyaa, Gadaliyaa, Bawa, Kangasiya, Salat and Meer. The trained members have begun earning from the skills they have mastered.
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VSSM is in process of forming district level forums of performing artists to increase their bargaining capacity and provide equal platforms to all the performing artists groups of the state. VSSM and the performing communities have also partnered to bring a new facet to the ancient yet marvelous theatre art forms like Bhavai and Acrobatics. VSSM also facilitates the artists in buying new and modern musical instruments, make-up kits, costumes etc.
On the polity front VSSM engages with various, state run vocational training institutes, departments promoting cottage industries, institutes of performing arts etc. The objective behind such exercise is to explore the possibilities of training the youth from the NT and DNTs under the various training programs offered by such prominent institutes. Efforts are also made in direction of influencing creation of training programs focused specially for these communities.