Foundation for Initiatives in Development and Education for All ( IDEA)

MISSION: ' Our mission is to create equal opportunities for the underprivileged sections of society for their all round development.'. We believe that along with equal opportunities, people from socio-economically weaker sections of the society need guidance and support to utilize these opportunities effectively. VISION ' IDEA's vision is a just society where individuals have access to equal opportunity' Our ultimate GOAL is poverty eradication.
Apr 23, 2014

Curricular &Co-curricular Development of children

Guidance in Maths & Science
Guidance in Maths & Science

Dear Donors and supporters,

Greetings from IDEA !

We are thankful for your donation and support for our project . In the month of February and March children were busy preparing for exams. So the activities during the last quarter started with  ‘ how to study ‘ workshops, helping students to score good marks in Mathematics & Science . After the exams various informative sessions and activities for skill development were held. Some of the activities are described below:-

FOR IMPROVING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

  • English Enhancement classes for 7th to 9th std. children . 16 sessions were held. Children attended the classes enthusiastically. An assessment was conducted of all the students. 
  • To track the progress of children in their respective schools, school visits by social workers were planned; accordingly visits to 7 schools have been done. The social workers met the school teachers and have recorded their feedback of respective child’s progress in school. This will help us in making specific separate plans for each child according to his/her needs.  
  • Useful tips prior  to 10th Board exams. Tips on daily routine, nutrition, revision techniques, important documents to be carried etc were covered by the resource persons.
  • Solving the difficulties in Mathematics & Science – for students who are appearing for school final exams- It was of great help to the students. They got answers to their problems and guidance in solving the paper.   

INFORMATIVE SESSIONS

  • De-addiction awareness

In slums children and adolescents are exposed to many vices. So IDEA regularly conduct sessions on de-addiction with the help of  volunteers, trainee social workers and even experts from the field . These sessions are held in small groups so that the participants are comfortable in clearing their doubts and seek help from the experts.  

  • Awareness to young generation on road safety

 

The traffic is increasing in Pune day by day. The roads are busy all day. So the rate of ‘Traffic Jam’ situation and the accidents are increasing. The children are at risk while coming and going to school. Therefore a session on road safety was conducted in two schools for young children covering 180 children. It included understanding the traffic rules, importance of following them, consequences of disobeying rules etc.

A group of volunteers from a company and a few social work students gave information in an interesting manner- through stories and folk songs and dance. There was also a question-answer session at the end. The children were given coloring book with the road safety message.

  • ‘Summer Camp’

After finishing the final exams in school marginalized children are not lucky enough to occupy  in any constructive activities .IDEA organize ‘summer Camp’ for them every year in various locations benefiting such poor children .

A three day camp for 30 adolescent boys and girls was held with a combination of activities like art and craft, creative thinking, health awareness and team building. 

A session on story making was helpful to express the creative ideas and language development. An Art session on marble painting, paper quelling, pen stand making , drawing etc enriched them with new skills. 

The concluding session was on awareness on Anaemia  which is very common among Adolescents . The causes, its symptoms and self detection were also explained to them. A few recipes to enrich one’s iron intake were also taught to the participants.

We wish to convey our sincere thanks to you  for your generous donation to this project. We request for your continued support so that more needy & deserving children can be benefitted  .

Students receiving useful tips on how to study
Students receiving useful tips on how to study
Information Regarding Anaemia
Information Regarding Anaemia
Creative workshop
Creative workshop
Participants with their art work
Participants with their art work

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Feb 20, 2014

MEENA- Our Florence Nightingale.

Meena- an inspiration for all
Meena- an inspiration for all

Dear Donors,

Greetings from IDEA!

 Many young intelligent girls from the communities are at a loss regarding their careers after completing their schooling. Lack of opportunities and financial restraints mean that they don’t study further and have to take up odd jobs to sustain themselves. What a waste of talent!

We encourage such talented girls to join our Basic Nursing course which offers both theory and practical knowledge. All they need to bring is a little patience and lots of empathy for the patients. After completion of the course an exam is held and all successful students are placed at local hospitals and clinics. (More than 80% Nursing students are either employed or self employed.)

Nursing as a profession is greatly rewarding and professional nurses are always in huge demand. We have been running basic Nursing courses since the past 3 years for girls from underprivileged communities. It is a 6 month course and the minimum qualification required is successful completion of std. 10th.

It is very satisfying to see many of our students working and indeed a delight when their employers call to discuss their progress with us. Some hardworking girls even attend house calls and they are a blessing for ailing children and elderly. We are proud of their achievement and contribution to the health care of the society. We met Meena a former IDEA Nursing student who works a 12 hour shift everyday and also attends house calls. We asked her doesn’t it tire her? why does she work so hard? Her answer was simple “It is the most satisfying thing I have ever done in my life”. While starting this Nursing course we always thought about what these girls can get never thought about what they can give, Meena has changed the way we think.

A new batch of 10 Nursing students has been running smoothly since a month. We are also in the process of starting an advanced leg of the course which will have an updated syllabus and will include life skill sessions to make the students job ready. All the girls in the present batch want to make a career in Nursing and are very happy with their teacher who is more like their friend. Lata- a student from the current batch says “I got so much knowledge within such a short time and our teacher also helps us a lot. I wish I get a job soon”

These hard working girls always inspire us and we are always thinking of ways to make their dreams come true. Every contribution you make is empowering a girl. Please continue supporting them, because they are our future. Thank you!

 

 

Getting to know the "tools of the trade"
Getting to know the "tools of the trade"
Nursing practicals in session
Nursing practicals in session
Lata (left) discussing with our social worker.
Lata (left) discussing with our social worker.
Feb 10, 2014

JOY OF READING THROUGH GROUP ACTIVITIES

Engrossed in their favorite stories
Engrossed in their favorite stories

Dear Donor,

Greetings from IDEA!

Reading opens doors to endless possibilities and so we wanted to inculcate this habit in our Study Centre children from a young age. The main aim behind starting the Study Centres is enhancing basic learning skills- Reading, Listening & Comprehension of all children so that they have a strong academic foundation. We conduct some activities especially to generate in children a love for reading. After their regular studies, children at Study centres are encouraged to read story books in groups which is followed by discussions, role playing games or essay writing.

LIBRARY IN A KIT- Portable Library just for kids

All Study Centres are equipped with mini portable Libraries which have books sorted according to grades. The Library has both English and Marathi (local language) books.  Children are issued new books every week which they read in groups.

In the group each child takes turns reading a story, this improves attention span and confidence while making the reading activity a little more fun. After a story is over the children share what they have learned and the teacher explains the moral message at the end. This improves comprehension skills of the children.

Once in every month the children put a play enacting their favorite stories. They love dressing up as their favorite characters and they always have an audience! This activity has improved the basic learning skills to a great extent. Their vocabulary has expanded and scores in school exams have improved too.

We thank Pratham books for donating these Library kits, there is no better gift to give to child than a book.

LEARNING to respect all RELIGIONS while improving learning skills

In association with BHASHA which literally means LANGUAGE in Marathi (local language), a weekly activity oriented session on reading, enacting and craft work is implemented in our study centers.This  is a unique activity for children which aims at improving their language skills also educates them about the significance of celebrating different festivals, events of National importance and International days.

Important festivals of all religions and states of India like Diwali, Christmas and Eid and also days of national & international importance in each month are celebrated according to their unique customs. The teacher then explains the importance of these events and the purpose behind why they the celebrated. The teacher uses special teaching material designed specifically for primary school children.

The children then perform plays and dances based on the festivals of that month. Recently on the occasion of World Literacy Day, the children from all study centres got together to make stick puppets. They even put up a lively and spirited show on “Importance of Education”. We are happy to share the pictures with you all.

This activity is one of a kind as the kids not only get to hear amazing stories and celebrations but also get an education in secularism and an appreciation for different communities and religions. Days of National importance like Independence day and Republic day instill a sense of national pride while different state festivals make them more secular and we hope more tolerant of the diversity of this country in the future.

Thank you Dear Donor, it is because of you these kids have a new book in their hands and a new word on their lips. We request you to show your consistent support in  enabling us to create opportunities for needy tiny tots!

 

 

 

 

 

Library in a kit for tribal kids at Kasurdi
Library in a kit for tribal kids at Kasurdi
Reading in a group, so much fun!
Reading in a group, so much fun!
kids creating a colourful collage.
kids creating a colourful collage.
With their favorite character, Paplu- the giant.
With their favorite character, Paplu- the giant.
The stage is set for the best puppet show in town.
The stage is set for the best puppet show in town.

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