Dear friends ,
This is to express our thanks & also to update you about the progress of the project. Due to the tremendous response we have received to our request for support during the ‘Global Giving’ open challenge, we have received 4018 USD from 56 kind hearted and generous donors .This enabled IDEA to secure a permanent spot on GlobalGiving.
IDEA runs educational activities in 8 slums in Pune . The objective of running ongoing activity-cum-study centres in these slums is to inculcate regular habits in children & to provide guidance in their studies and to provide opportunities for the marginalized children for their all round development.
In India , the schools have closed for the long summer vacation. Children coming from poor families do not get any opportunities for their all round development. Hence IDEA creates opportunities for them.
During long vacation children are exposed to various arts & crafts along with indoor games with a focus on improving their vocabulary & skills in reading & comprehension. A few examples of these entertainment activities with an educational ‘ touch’ are group reading- story books-, word making games & mathematical games. Children enjoy these activities. Dance appreciation class, drawing class , paper arts like Origami are a few activities to create opportunities for talent development & to utilize the leisure time constructively.
Another highlight of these activities is the active participation of adolescent beneficiary children – ‘ youth group members’- in planning and organizing activities for the younger ones.
While the beneficiary children enjoy the summer vacation, IDEA staff is busy in conducting capacity building training for the field staff- the teachers from the slums who are involved in the educational activities , identifying new project areas through field studies , planning for educational aid distribution that will take place during the 1st week of June , validating the academic progress of children, evaluating the programs undertaken during last academic year & making modifications if required .
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