Kolkata, Feb 4: Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar is a unique initiative of social transformation through holistic education. Founded by noted educationist and social activist Dr. Achyuta Samanta in 1993, it is now the largest residential institute for the tribals in the world, providing accommodation, food, healthcare, and education from KG to PG, vocatiol training and all other basic amenities of life absolutely free to 25,000 poorest of the poor children. Some of the recent achievements of KISS provide an insight into the role KISS is playing in empowering tribal communities. It is the only NGO from India selected to participate in the United tion’s 55th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD55), being held at the UN Headquarters in New York from February 1 – 10. The theme for the 2017-2018 review and policy cycle is “Strategies for eradicating poverty to achieve sustaible development for all”, which was decided in UN Resolution 2016/6, the Economic and Social Council. The deliberation will result in adoption of action-oriented policy recommendations on strategies for the eradication of poverty to achieve sustaible development for all.
A high-level delegation from KISS, which is among only 40 NGOs from across the world to participate in this important UN session, will present its work on “Poverty eradication through education with special reference to indigenous people” on February 6. This was stated in a press release.