Founded in 2006, Blending Spectrum is a community-based programme that engages and trains young people as volunteers and peer educators to work with children and adolescents between ages 5-17 from low resource neighborhoods. The programme builds rights-based, youth-led and enabling environments to develop children’s leadership and life skills to challenge gender inequality, reduce levels of violence and discrimination and develop practices that promote personal hygiene.
Blending Spectrum has been working in Sunder Nagar Nursery (SNN), an unauthorized colony situated inside the Nizamuddin Basti, Delhi. Through Blending Spectrum, we try to do two things:
- Build enabling environments for children to develop life skills to challenge gender inequality, reduce levels of violence & discrimination, develop practices that promote personal hygiene in their communities through innovative lesson plans using mediums like discussion, theatre, art dance & film.
- Working to promote access to vocational skill building and training opportunities for young people
The programme has successfully maintained a minimum of three- fourths (out of every four children, three are girls) participation of girls in all interventions since its inception.
- The total percentage of out-of-school children has reduced from 95% (2008) to 18.5% (2012).
- In 2015-16, the programme trained 12 peer educators who further conducted 40 training sessions on Life Skills. A total of 150 children and adolescents between 5-17 years (98 girls and 52 boys) were sensitized on the issues of gender-based discrimination, violence and health and hygiene. Many of them will now work as peer educators for a new cohort of children ages 5-7 in the next programme cycle.
- The Safety Audit process: led by youth leaders in 3 urban slum communities of Delhi, it identified the existing lacunae in the services and physical infrastructure using a smartphone app. The initiative has also helped facilitate dialogue between the community members and the government representatives.