Pravah

Pravah

Pravah is a leading Indian national not-for-profit organisation, which works with and for young people to promote youth leadership and impact social justice issues.  Pravah's programs focus on engaging youth in active citizenship, creating open attitudes to and responsibility for community and open spaces, developing young leaders and leadership skills and supporting social change initiatives developed for and by youth.

Based on the insights gained over the past twenty five years, Pravah has developed a unique approach to youth development embodied in the concept of the 5th Space. They believe that as a society we have ‘legitimized’ four spaces for young people – that of family, friends, career / career-related education and leisure or recreation. There is on the margins – a 5th Space – a space where young people discover themselves by engaging in social action, a space where they engage in active citizenship, volunteering and much more.

Find out more on the Pravah website.

Meet our alumni

Shika Hegde, Session 3 2018, PravahPravah alumni

What do you study and where did you go on your PACE International activity?

I study a Bachelor of Laws, majoring in International Law and Global Governance. I travelled to Delhi, India to work with Pravah, Delhi for my PACE International activity.

What was your role or project at your host organisation?

My role at Pravah, Delhi was to communicate the Law, Policies and Legal options available to the youth in relation to issues concerning Early Child Marriage, Dowry Law, Domestic Violence, Sanitation and Sexual Reproductive Health rights in India. My job was to essentially spread some awareness amongst the female youth and empower them to not only know but use their legal rights and options to deal with difficult situations Indian women are often faced with. The result of my research was a series of pamphlets that effectively summarise the law, policies, and options available to the youth in relation to the above prevalent issues. These pamphlets are currently in the process of being translated to Hindi and once translated they will be handed out and passed on to partner organisations throughout India during youth-led programs.

What attracted you to the PACE International program?

The same year I applied I had just completed 6 months abroad in The Netherlands through the Macquarie International Exchange Program. As such, the prospect of participating in another international program stirred a feeling of overwhelming excitement in me. I view any international experience as a fantastic life opportunity with tremendous potential for self-development and personal experience. After studying in another country, I thought it would be an exciting adventure to work in another country!

What advice would you give a student who is thinking of applying for a PACE
International activity?

Definitely apply! Apart from working with inspiring organisations that focus on creating real change, you’re given the opportunity to experience living in a different country and truly understand the fabric of another culture.

What was the best part of your PACE International experience?

My work at Pravah was definitely a highlight of my PACE International Experience.  My work with the NGO has opened my mind to the mechanics of a different justice system through researching and understanding how laws are applied and enforced. It has deepened my understanding of the Law from an Indian perspective and has enhanced my passion for Human Rights Law and Diplomacy by working directly with Pravah to address complex social justice concerns embedded in India’s youth. As a law student, I was deeply inspired throughout my placement at Pravah and continue to be inspired by their successes in facilitating change in today’s Indian Youth, giving them a voice, creating agency, and instilling awareness through empathy. Pravah is an organisation that is working on not only exciting but important work for the greater community of India and I am grateful for the opportunity to truly understand the impact of their work from a social and legal perspective.

Unit info

*Please note that the unit availability, timing and activities are always subject to change

UnitUnit timingOverseas activity timingActivity examples
PACE360Winter Vacation/
Session 3 (same time as activity)
Winter Vacation/
Session 3
Support the mobilisation of young people for social change, creating leadership skills and perspective building workshops, creating database of youth opportunities, supporting documentation/reporting of events
INTS305Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Support the mobilisation of young people for social change, creating leadership skills and perspective building workshops, creating database of youth opportunities, supporting documentation/reporting of events
LAWS452/LAWS899Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Researching and understanding laws in India regarding sexual and reproductive health, and measuring one of the Pravah programs from a legal point of view
MAS350Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Document Pravah activities, events and outcomes and promote via social media. Contribute to creative music, film, drama and street theatre to present youth issues with young people in schools and other meeting places.
SSCI301Session 1/
Session 2 (before activity)
Winter Vacation/
Session 3
Create learning and training materials for youth and external organisations and create a media campaign for social change.
HLTH300Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Students will support projects focusing on youth empowerment, female representation and the education of girls, particularly focusing on contemporary health issues affecting women and girls in Delhi
PSY399Session 1/
Session 2 (after activity)
Session 3/
Winter Vacation
Students will support projects focusing on youth empowerment, female representation and the education of girls, particularly focusing on the application of psychological theories and principles in a practical setting
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