Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS), an NGO in Malappuram district, sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of School Education and Literacy, has bagged the prestigious UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, for its literacy-linked skill development activities. The Sansthan that was set up in 2006 comes under the aegis of Nilambur Muslim Orphanage Committee and has gained recognition for a series of vocational training, awareness classes, and other activities.
Apart from implementing various projects launched by the Ministry, JSS also operates various innovative initiatives; beneficiaries of which are tribes, differently abled and economically backward sections in the coastal area of Kerala.
Explaining the activities of JSS, Deepa C., assistant programme coordinator, says, “As much as 95 per cent of our beneficiaries are women who are illiterate and struggle to find a means of livelihood. We conduct field visits and prepare the kind of schemes that are required to promote the backward sections. We also take extra care that these people learn a skill, so that they can use it to earn their livelihood.”