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Unlocking the Impact of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) Realizing the Opportunity

Indian Journal of Sustainable Development

Volume 3 Issue 1

Published: 2017
Author(s) Name: Achyuta Samanta, Dwiti Vikramaditya, Nidhi Singh | Author(s) Affiliation: Founder, Kalinga Inst. of Social Sciences (K.I.S.S.), Kalinga Institute of Industrial Tech., Odisha.
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Abstract

In 2015, the United Nations released the final text of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The transition from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to SDGs offer the civil society, NGOs, government and development organisations bothlucrative opportunity and challenge to strengthen as facilitators of development and address the root cause of poverty. NGOs in the past decade have assumed a center stage in realizing the educational rights of vulnerable and less-privileged groups like the tribals. It is in this context, this paper analyses the impact of Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS)- an NGO based in eastern region of India that caters to the basic needs of tribal children, with education as a potential tool in achieving various SDGs. The present paper is a case study which analyses how KISS plays its role in addressing SDG#1 and SDG#4 i.e. Ending poverty in all its forms everywhere and ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong and learning opportunities for all. The first part of the paper discusses the importance of SDGs and the role for NGOs in helping strengthen this transition from MDGs. The second part deals with the evolution of KISS. Third part of the paper throws light on various mechanisms and tools used by this institution in providing vocational education, free food, accommodation, health care and all other basic necessities to tribal children completely free of cost under single roof. The fourth part of the paper shows as to how the NGO (KISS) has brought new thinking to overcome the challenge of ending extreme poverty by providing holistic education through imparting livelihood learning skills and responding to various SDGs. The final thoughts draw upon as to how NGOs can link education with productivity, economic development and individual prosperity and how innovation in education can impart holistic education to the tribals.

Keywords: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Tribals, Sustainable Development Goals, Odisha

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