ICDS is probably one of the worlds largest programme for early child development, involving training of functionaries, on a scale which is unparalleled . The proposed universalisation of ICDS will only add to the tremendous challenge ahead. The challenge includes creation of decentralized training capability, through training teams, linking different sectors and realization of the rich potential role of CDPOs/Supervisors and Anganwadi Workers themselves as trainers.
Thechallenge is to mobilize and orient new partners for achieving goals of women and child development. These include community representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions, Nagarpalikas, women groups, mahila mandals, voluntary agencies and functionaries from other sectors. Udisha- the new comprehensive training approach- is the response to this challenge
Udisha, the new dawn for young women and children
Udisha, in Sanskrit means the first rays of the new dawn. Udisha is literally the new dawn for ICDS training and for ICDS itself. Training is the most crucial element in ICDS, since the achievement of programme goals depends upon the effectiveness of frontline workers in empowering communities for improved child care practices, as well as effective inter sectoral service delivery. Recognizing this , the Govt. of India reviewed the entire training component of ICDS. They focused on a wide range of issues, including emerging programme strategies, training needs assessment, the syllabus, training methodologies, training resources, procedures and systems. The need for such areview was searched because the entire ICDS programme hinges on the abilities and skills of the functionaries, particularly, the Anganwadi Worker. Responding to this need led to the birth of ‘UDISHA’. Udisha envisages a key transformation in approaches to training of child care functionaries and caregiver education.