Jidnyasa (Curiosity) establishes a dialogue with adolescents on crucial issues relevant to their lives especially those which are frequently ignored in our present education system. The program started in 1996 by the conveners:

Late Hemant Karkare,  IPS,  Mumbai police

Dr. Anand Nadkarni, Institute for Psychological Health

Ms. Jyoti Mhapsekar, Stree Mukti Sanghatana

The complete program runs of 18 hours and the 6 modules are:

  • Adolescent Age – Changing Me
  • Stress Management – Coping With Stress
  • Value Education – Giving Meaning To Life
  • Vocational Guidance – Choosing A Destiny
  • Risk Of Addiction – How To Say No
  • Sexuality Education – Anatomy, Physiology & Values In Sexual Behaviour

Objective of Jidnyasa

  • Towards awareness through dialogue
  • Towards knowledge through information
  • Towards rationality through thinking
  • Towards constructive behaviour

Trained communicators hold workshops with adolescents using songs, role plays and alternate learning methods to teach them the six predefined modules. 

Stree Mukti Sanghatana, IPH & Mumbai Police believe that Jidnyasa has all the potentials to become a full-fledged ‘movement’ in life education of adolescents.

Salient features

  • Jidnyasa is a unique and innovative program for adolescents and runs mostly for children from lower income groups.
  • The modules are based on gender justice principles and so the syllabus is same for both girls and boys.
  • 600 communicators have been trained to conduct sessions for school-goers.
  • Jidnyasa is available in a book form.
  • Braille edition of Jidnyasa has been prepared by National Association for the Blind, India. (NAB)