Yontan La was a programme of introducing various career options to parents from 30 villages in Ladakh during a period spanning
June till November 2016. Participants (conductors) of this programme were common citizens from the rest of India, who conducted
workshops for the parents. The communication and discussions introduced parents with options available for their child’s future,
various courses and educational institutions providing it. The formal and informal interactions helped parents to think about
their child’s brighter future and allowed them to reach to their desired destination.
Although, the lack of knowledge about various career opportunities is not an unusual problem throughout India the scale of the
same is even larger for remote Border areas like Ladakh and Kargil. To add to that, the previous generations of the locals lack
sufficient formal education and hence do not have clearer picture of possibilities for their children. And hence these children
lose the support they could receive right at their home in spite of the parents being an important link in the decision making
process about the future of the younger generations. It becomes important to provide these parents (and through them the children)
the exposure and a platform to discuss the various possibilities for their young ones thus Aseem proposed Yontan La (In Ladakhi-For knowledge)
plans to build this foundation thorough a series of workshops. Through Yontan La, a link will be created that provides the much needed
exposure to the parents and through them to their children.
Interactions were carried out in
three stages in June to August 2016.
We reached to more than 500 parents, from various regions in Ladakh. Various topics, including future career options available
to their children, and the steps to climb the education ladder, were discussed with them.
We hope that our quest for spreading education awareness will result in much