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.
Sep 26, 2016

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give!

Komal at work
Komal at work

Dear Donors,

Greetings from IDEA !

 Thank you very much for your generous contributions and for being a part of IDEA mission to create equal opportunities for all.  

As you know, In many developing countries like India girls drop out of schools earlier than boys.  Girls, especially from poor communities get married and have children at an early age or as soon as they are eighteen. They are very less likely to work for pay or work outside their homes. This indicate low social and economic  progress of women and may have consequences  for  poverty and affects their well being.

The awareness of employment opportunities of women can play an important role in changing this situation. So IDEA  started these awareness programs and skill development programs for women to give these women a second chance to work and earn an income and to lead a better life. We have many success stories about women who got trained in our training centres and started earning and supporting their family.  Hope these initiatives will change the attitudes of parents about girls’ education as now they understand that there are equal employment opportunities for women as well.

  Komal lives her dream! Thanks to IDEA .

  Komal, like many other women had dreams and aspirations to make changes in her life. As parents may not invest as much as in their daughter's education as their son’s,girls always have to opt for marriage as soon as they get a proposal. So Komal had to get married soon after she completed 12th.  Leaving her dreams behind, she started her new family, like every other girl in her community.  Soon she had her first child.

 When IDEA started tailoring classes in her community, she was eager to join and learn tailoring. She completed both basic and advanced tailoring classes with great interest and enthusiasm. As soon as she completed her training, not only she started earning but also started giving training to other women in her community. She has trained already 20 women. She aspires to be a fashion designer one day. These success stories give IDEA encouragement to create more opportunities for women employment. These skill development programs in IDEA centres also help parents to anticipate better employment opportunities for women, and thus promote girls’ education.

Please continue to support us so that we can work more efficiently and spread our efforts to more communities.  

           " We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Women under training
Women under training
Learning New skills
Learning New skills
Sep 9, 2016

Sakshi goes to school...

Sakshi & her mother in front of their house
Sakshi & her mother in front of their house

Dear Donors,

Greetings from IDEA Foundaton!!

Hope you all are in good health. IDEA continues its attempts to give education to all children in the neighburhood communities. Yes, education for all is still remains a dream, but we are happy to inform you that we have reached out to more than 1,28,000 people in and around pune with our educational,skill development and awareness programs.

After more than half a century of attempts to uplift the under privileged communities economically by spending hundreds of millions, much changes are not seen in the society. We have realised that the only solution to the poverty is giving them education and skill development  and to make them employable.

IDEA Foundation is supporting education of poor community children through various initiatives and projects. It  runs 22 ‘ Play and Learn centers ‘ for children from 1st to 4th standard children and 9 Study centers for children from 5th to 7th standard in Pune, Bhor, Bopkhel and in Jambulpada. The objective of play and learn cenre is to make the education foundation strong and to make learning interesting for children from marginalised communities. To inculcate regular study habit in bigger children and to assist them in studies, we run study centres, where our teachers help them in their studies, identify their difficulties and give specialised coaching whenever required and also provide career guidance to them. These classes are helpful to reduce the number school dropout from these communities. 

Celebration of festival & other co-curricular activities retain the interest of children in school and in IDEA centers.

Success Story

The IDEA study centre at Indira nagar community, in Pune  is running successfully from the last 3 years. Many children from backward community are enrolled in this centre. Sakshi, belongs to a very poor family where education of the children was not given priority.

For children from her community, it is very difficult to continue education because of frequent migration of their families in search of job. Sakshi could not attend regular school and so she was far behind in academics and so was not much interested in attending schools. When IDEA started this study centre in Indira Nagar, we enrolled her in 5th standard in a nearby school and motivated her to attend regular school with our educational support. Her parents were also given awareness about the importance of education.

With IDEA sponsorship program, they could afford to send her to school and they have decided to educate all their 4 children at least till 12th. She is coming to IDEA study centre regularly since last 1 year. She likes to participate in various activities conducted in our centre and she is also given remedial coaching for the classes she missed.  

Her parents are grateful to IDEA and all supporters for the helping their children.

Thank you donors for making it possible for Sakshi to attend regular school. Please continue to support us to reach out to many more children who really need our support for education

Play time
Play time
Cleanliness drive by kids
Cleanliness drive by kids

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Sep 9, 2016

Computers for empowering women

Financial Literacy Program
Financial Literacy Program

Dear Donors,

It is time to get back to you with the news from our computer literacy programs for under privileged girls and women. We are making  differences in their lives with these programs. Many have started earning and gained confidence in their ability to use computers for their day to day activites. In this digitally progressing World it is very important to have basic knowledge about computers and social media for the sustainable development of the marginlised communities. keeping that in mind , IDEA started computer centres in Kothrud and Bopkhel for girls and women from poor background and the courses are conducted free of charge. Thank you donors for your generous donations.

IDEA is running his computer courses successfully in the Bopkhel centre for last one year. Many girls and  women in the age group 15- 60 are benefitted from this course.

IDEA is the first centre to run an online computer course for free in Bopkel. There are 2 different courses for women in our study centre.

1. Finance Literacy Program

2. NDLM certificate Program.

            1. Finance Literacy Program

                        Finance Literacy program is developed by TATA  Capital and it is an online course for one month with 9 modules. The course is in English as well as in Hindi. Primary knowledge of banking, insurance, retirement plans and investments are covered in this course with the help of audio and video programs and it is an interactive course. The students are finding it really useful.

            2. NDLM Certification

                                    IDEA is conducting NDLM or National Digital Literacy Mission program in its centres. NASSCOM Foundation has  designed this course  and they give us technical support for running this program. 129 students have completed this course in Bopkhel IDEA centre , 67 students appeared for the exam and 64 students passed the exam. Certificates were given to the students who have completed the course successfully. The course is really useful for women working in different fields like beauty parlour , tailoring ..etc as they now know how to use social media and youtube to get better ideas and get publicity for their work. They can also learn new techniques and patterns with the help of internet.  Some women got jobs in billing sections of big malls.  Many students who completed this course got confidence to learn more about computers and joined advanced computer courses. These courses are making many women employable in this digital World.

Success Story

32 year old Radha is from Rajasthan, she has settled down in Pune with her husband in a rented house. She hails from a very poor family,  she could not continue education after 4th std. Her husband is also not well educated, they are running a small business in Pune. They have 2 children and as they have realized that without good education life will be miserable for their children too, they have enrolled them in an English medium school. But though they want the very best for their children, they are not able to help their children in their studies at home. When they heard about IDEA computer centre, Radha has decided to join as she knew with the help of computer she can help her children to access information which she lacks. She is learning basic computer skills with great interest and gaining confidence to help her children with their queries. She is thankful to IDEA for giving her an opportunity to be of support to her children.

Please continue to support us so that we can start more centres and cover larger communities which are deprived of economic development due to the lack of accessibility and education.

NDLM Certificate Distribution
NDLM Certificate Distribution
Radha at IDEA computer centre
Radha at IDEA computer centre
Computer class in IDEA centre
Computer class in IDEA centre

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