Mar 18, 2019

Internet empowers Durga

Digital literacy - A new world of opportunities
Digital literacy - A new world of opportunities

The internet is a very powerful tool, if used wisely it can solve many of our day to day problems and improve our knowledge on a variety of important topics, keeping us updated with the times. Infact, internet is such an all-consuming part of our life that we cannot even imagine that there are many underprivileged people who have no access to it.

Durga was one amongst the many underprivileged youth in India who could not complete her Higher education and was struggling with her small home-based business selling hand-made products like diyas, jewellery, pots etc. Needless to say, her self-esteem was diminishing day by day.

One day an IDEA social worker came to Durga’s community to explain the importance of Digital literacy and the Govt. of India’s National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM), the social worker encouraged everyone to join IDEA’s Digital Literacy centre where computer and internet basics are taught for free.

Overcoming hesitation Durga joined the course. She took to this new world like fish to water. She was ahead of her batchmates, waiting extra after class to practice more. Her teacher was impressed with her dedication and taught her all about online banking and ticket bookings. After the course, Durga also attended our special sessions on Cyber-security conducted by IT experts from the city.

Digital literacy gave her new confidence and hope. She began surfing for new information to better her business, new ideas for packaging and marketing. She discovered many tutorials through which she added many new and trendy jewellery designs. Durga could also market her products through online platforms like Facebook.

One day Durga was woken up by her neighbour saying that her husband needs to go to Delhi urgently and does she know of a way to get there fast. Within no time, Durga successfully booked a flight ticket for her neighbour. She already was using online banking so it was easy. After this incident, Durga became really popular in her community and the go to person in case of any “Computer related problems”.

We meet Durga every week when she gets along 2-3 people from her community to get them enrolled at our Digital Literacy centre. She says that for many underprivileged people like herself who have limited access to education, their marginalization was inevitable until Digital literacy and the Internet gave them a level-playing field.

Friends, please donate to this project to help more girls like Durga become Digitally Literate!

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Feb 11, 2019

Celebrating International Day of Education!

Celebrating Education!
Celebrating Education!

IDEA strives to provide quality education to underprivileged children through community-based study centres and educational sponsorship programmes. We believe Education is the greatest leveler, a tool which can end marginalization. We first learned through GlobalGiving that the United Nations has proclaimed 24th January as International Day of Education and we decided to celebrate it at all our 14 study centres in Pune, India through various educational activities for children.

Each study centre team was asked to celebrate it in their own way. Some conducted speech, story-telling, and drawing competitions. Some conducted puppet shows and fun games. At all study centres, our social workers and teachers explained the importance of education for the progress of humanity. They asked children, what education means to them and how has it changed their lives? One child expressed that he is very happy to come to the study centre where he gets to learn new things but feels bad that his mother is illiterate. Another child expressed his desire to become an engineer in the future and said that he knows he needs to study hard to realize his dream.

The highlight of the day was the puppet show which played out a story of 4 friends who have different strengths and weaknesses. Education helps them in accepting their uniqueness and gives them the confidence to accept themselves and others. When the burden of education is lifted of children by making it easy, relevant and more accessible then learning becomes fun! We believe that our efforts have created more awareness about the importance of education in the communities.

Since the past 17 years, IDEA has been working towards Sustainable Development Goal #4 of Quality Education. Thousands of children from economically and socially backward sections of society have received quality and holistic education which has laid strong foundations for their futures. On this International Day of Education, our resolve to bring quality education to the most marginalized and underprivileged children has grown even stronger.

Please help us in this journey, Let’s EDUCATE to EMPOWER!

               

Story of 4 friends
Story of 4 friends
Happy Education Day!
Happy Education Day!
Story telling competition
Story telling competition
Making education inclusive...
Making education inclusive...
Learning is fun!
Learning is fun!

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Jan 22, 2019

WHEN TEXTBOOKS COME TO LIFE!

At the Science Park!
At the Science Park!

Dear friends,

Greetings!

Over the years, our Educational Sponsorship programme has helped thousands of needy and deserving children to continue their education. Through the Sponsorship programme they have not only received monetary support but they have also immensely benefitted from other activities like career counseling and personality development sessions. What the children enjoy the most though are Exposure visits.

Recently, we arranged an Exposure visit for 30 children studying in std. 10th to a Science Park in Pune, India. This Science Park is not just a tourist attraction but an activity based Science Centre. The Science Centre houses Galleries on different themes of Science & Technology, Activity area, 3D shows, live demos, and an Auditorium. Most of the exhibits in the science centre and science park are interactive in nature and children can explore science in an entertaining way. Many children are scared or intimidated by Science and this is one of the best ways to encourage and enthuse them about Science.

Another Exposure visit was arranged for 40 students studying between std. 11th and graduation. They were taken to an Ancient History museum. Here they got to see various artifacts, coins, and tools belonging to various time periods in History. There was plenty of information available which they could read and discuss. They couldn’t believe that what they thought of as a boring subject, can actually be so interesting. Now when they open their History books, they will have something to visualize.

Coming from underprivileged families, these children don’t get to visit places like museums and theme parks. It is important for them to explore, to see and to interact. This ignites their minds and improves their power of imagination. When they go to the museum and see a model of the Neanderthal man or a 3D model of an airplane, they feel like their textbooks have come to life! And these are the lessons and learnings they will never forget.

We thank you for making these Exposure visits possible and hope you continue to support more children so that they also may avail such wonderful opportunities!

Off we go!
Off we go!
Seeing Science!
Seeing Science!
Can you guess?
Can you guess?
A day well spent.
A day well spent.

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