TFTP has established a Livelihood Resource Center in the old city. This center facilitates the confluence of traditional skills and technological innovations for enhancing the livelihood opportunities for the youth. Some of the opportunities identified for the youth to enter into mainstream industry are data entry, desk top publishing, graphic design and animation. 

 
The Resource Center also caters to the needs of any organization working with young people in expanding their opportunities.
 
Activities of the  resource center include :
 
l. Livelihood support for youth.
 
i) Study Center offer flexible schooling to support drop - out / working girls to complete secondary education through National Open School System.
ii) Value addition to traditional skills to transform them into modern marketable skills.
iii) Skill mapping of individuals
iv) Grading of individual skills
v) Identification of suitable vocation
vi) Training of candidates
 
2. Technical support to NGOs in setting up technology related interventions
 

TFTP provides the following services to NGOs:

Technical assistance in skill mapping
Design and planning of skill development trainings
Training design and curriculum development 
Development of business models based on identified skills.
Evaluations and studies related to livelihood interventions 
Action research and advocacy

3. Window to a new World: Animation training to Mehendi artists

 

          This initiative is to support livelihood based education for working adolescent girls through a partnership with Star Features Studio in Hyderabad which will provide employment to adolescent girls with required technical skills.

 

          TFTP has been involved in providing education to girls in the old city. Though begun with bridge schools, it was found that retention and completion of schooling is rather poor in bridge school methods and value addition to life skills seemed meager to sustain the interest in the long run. Drawing from this experience, TFTP has moved on to preparing children to appear for the National Indian Open School (NIOS). The NIOS is an appropriate alternative stream which enables the out-of-school and working children to acquire basic scholastic skills appropriate to secondary education.

 

          The education initiative is to provide a training course in animation to selected students in the five study centers in the old city. Thirty students, mostly adolescent girls with good drawing skills and who undertake Mehendi designing as a source of livelihood have been selected for this course. The course duration is six months followed by one year internship with stipend. This programme ensures completion of secondary level education as the animation is linked to the school attendance. Two hours classes conducted to prepare these working girls for the NIOS exam will be extended to complete the training in three months. The training is also designed as an extension to the regular classes so that insouciance towards academic pursuits is avoided and a smooth transfer to the new employment can be facilitated.

 
The Rationale
 

          Young people living in slums and belonging to marginalized sections of the society are well endowed with traditional skills. However, they barely manage a subsistence living out of it due to archaic methods, lack of access to capital and markets. Conversion of these traditional skills to modern skills that can be marketed in the new economy will not only improve their quality of life but also serve a demonstration effect in enhancing the value education and modern skills among the concerned population. Such a conversion or up gradation of traditional skills is possible only if it is directly linked to the modern methods of production and usage.

 

          It can be envisaged that such an initiative will help the young people to supplement their family incomes, which in turn will enhance their status and autonomy within the family. More importantly, being economically productive will relieve these girls and their families of the pressures of early marriage.

 

          The present status of the animation industry is that while the investment on human resources is high, turnover of trained personnel is also quite high, which affects the business plans of the firms. The advantage of creating skilled artists in a geographical location, such that of old city is that they can serve as a reserved pool of personnel with more stability in employment.