Nirantar believes that educational interventions aimed at young people must respect them, their realities and their knowledge. We recognise that young people, like any other social category, do not form a homogenous group and are located differently, whether in terms of gender, dis/ability, sexuality, caste, class, rural or urban, including young people who are transgender, a thus far invisible category. Our engagement with young people is informed by a recognition of the specificities and interlinkages between these social dimensions.
Nirantar builds capacities of those working with young people of various ages, ranging from children to young adults. We challenge approaches on the part of the State or civil society that seek to control and discipline ‘in order to protect’ the young, most recently in the context of sexuality. Nirantar also creates alternative approaches, content and spaces to implement what we believe and advocate. Our work spans the realm of formal education as well as non-formal learning spaces. The interventions range from direct educational work with rural, adolescent Dalit and tribal girls, textbook writing, gender and sexuality trainings for programmes working with young people, to equipping young women from marginalised communities with empowering skills related to technology such as those related to computers, photography and film-making.