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.
Aug 24, 2015

Make them Techy!

Certificates in their hands
Certificates in their hands

Dear donors,

Warm greetings!

As part of our initiative of bringing more people into the literate world, we conduct computer literacy classes and also sponsor a few children to complete MSCIT, basic computer course from various institutes. 5 girls and 1 boy are supported to join MSCIT course in Bhor. These children are from Indiranagar and Sanjay nagar slum communities and they recently completed the course. 5 girls from Pune learned to operate computer in IDEA’s office and 5 more girls are about to complete MSCIT course soon. Namita is one of them.

NAMITA

Namita's mother earlier worked as a teacher with the IDEA Foundation. However, due to familial problems, she had to quit and take up the work of domestic help. Her income has to provide for her domestic expenses and her children's education. Namita secured 74% in 10th and her brother also did well in 12th. They are aware that higher education will be costly.

Hence, when Namita expressed the wish to learn computers, her mother was concerned. Namita would need to be computer literate if she was to become a Chartered Accountant as she had wanted and the quality of computer education offered by her school was abysmal. Even though her mother knew the importance of computers in her child's education, she was equally aware of her inability to pay for the expensive classes offering training in computers.

She received much needed help from her former employers. IDEA offered to pay for half of Namita's fees for the MSCIT classes under their Computer Literacy Programme. She enrolled her daughter immediately and things worked out well.

Says Namita, "I was awfully scared of the classes earlier. Having studied in a vernacular, I knew I would face problems with English while understanding concepts and operating the computer. However, the one-on-one approach that the teachers adopt at the classes helped me overcome the problems with great ease!"

The MSCIT classes have made a confident girl out of Namita, confident about filling the form for her Std. XI admission, confident about becoming a successful CA, confident about taking on the tech-savvy world.

Thank you for being instrumental in bringing about this change in Namita. We wish to sponsor many such Namita with your support and bring them in this virtual world. Are you ready? 

During the course
During the course
Showing it in a right way
Showing it in a right way
Slowly learning to handle a PC
Slowly learning to handle a PC
Jun 15, 2015

Paving their way

Distributing happiness
Distributing happiness

Dear donors,

Greetings from IDEA!

Summer is at its peak and the monsoon is much awaited in India. It is also the time when schools reopen.

Usually, parents with meager income can not afford to buy new school bags and notebooks for their kids and neglect this important factor of motivation behind going to school. We identify such children through our sponsorship program and make sure that they get every opportunity to stay in the schools. As part of this effort, about 250 children received school bags and notebooks this year. Some of them live in far off places. Our social workers walked that extra mile to reach out to them and brighten up their interest in schooling.

ENVIRONMENT DAY CELEBRATION

On 5 June 2015, children of varying ages from different communities gathered at one of our Learning Centers. Out of the 50 children gathered, about 35 were associated with IDEA through the Learning Centre and the other 15 were a part of the Youth Groups. Most of the children are under the Sponsorship Programme with IDEA. The purpose of this activity was to create awareness and sensitize the slum children about the environmental protection.

It was a two-fold event for the children. The celebrations started with a Poster Making Competition. Children from Std. I to VII were asked to make posters individually depicting scenes from the nature. Children from Std. VII onwards were formed into groups and asked to make posters to send out messages of the importance of the preservation of the environment. They were provided with all the material required for the activity, like chart papers, pencils, erasers and sketch pens. The children came up with beautiful concepts to depict nature with messages ranging from why the environment needs to be preserved to how one can achieve that. 

About 10 volunteers from an IT company participated in the event. They interacted with the children and helped them make their posters. After the activity, the best posters from both the groups were chosen by them and the children were awarded prizes. The children, in return, presented the volunteers with greeting cards decorated with paper quilling, as a token of their appreciation. Later, snacks were served to all the children and volunteers.

The focal activity of the event was the cleaning drive organized towards the end of the day. Only the older group of children participated in this activity. A stretch of littered land was identified around the Learning Centre of IDEA in Lokmanya Colony. The volunteers and students were provided with disposable gloves, masks, brooms and garbage bags to collect the garbage from the area. With active involvement from the entire group, the area was cleaned of pieces of paper, wrappers, foils and large stones. Their efforts attracted other residents of the community, thus fulfilling the purpose of spreading awareness about environment preservation.

The event provided the students the perfect opportunity and environment to interact with those from other communities. A collective sense of unity and belonging to a larger community was sensed amongst them. In addition to realizing the importance of preserving the environment, the children were also given an insight into the role they could play in this endeavour. We're sure that they would further realise their responsibility towards the environment and serve as the initiators of change in their own community.

Thank you dear donors for enabling us to create responsible and sensitive citizens and paving their way for the better tomorrow.

Ready for school
Ready for school
Posters in making
Posters in making
Posters we made
Posters we made
Cleaning the community
Cleaning the community
A big applause
A big applause
Jun 8, 2015

Booting their future

Manisha
Manisha

Dear donors,
Warm greetings!


We at IDEA realize the significance of computer literacy in the education of today’s youth. The simple skill of handling a computer adds much weight to an individual’s qualifications and opens up a sea of educational and professional opportunities. Moreover, it lends them the confidence to compete with the global tech-savvy youth, which maneuvers through its activities on computer keys.
To further its constant effort to bring valuable opportunities to the under privileged youth, IDEA initiated the Computer Literacy Class. Those girls who had the inclination to study computer operation but did not possess the means to do so are selected for the program. In order to help them fulfill their aspirations, basic computer training was offered to them. Also taking note of their necessity of fluent English in their professional sphere IDEA arranged for their training in English language skills. IDEA is confident that command over one’s language will enhance their personality in addition to enabling them to interact without hesitation with diverse population.
The girls falling under the ambit of this program receive financial help from IDEA in paying a part of their fees for the MS-CIT classes. Although most schools now employ computer training in their syllabus, the course is infested with deficient infrastructure, inadequate time and lack of qualified teachers. The MS-CIT classes provide the students with comprehensive training in the field with ample practice. Since the teachers adopt the one on one approach to teaching, the student grasps the concept thoroughly and quickly.
The impact of the initiative can be illustrated with the following case study of one of the 5 girls who are undergoing this training.
Manisha:
16 year old Manisha confidently taps at the keys of the computer. Her elder sister peers at the screen, trying to make sense of the form she's filling in for her admission to Std. XI. Manisha would have shared her confusion a few months ago, when she began attending the MSCIT classes for computer literacy with the help of the IDEA Foundation.
"Although we are taught computers in school, it was very superficial. Being computer illiterate, I knew I would face problems in future, especially so since I plan on appearing for civil services competitive exams, for which the knowledge of computers is of great significance. I had looked for computer training in different centers earlier, but their fees were extremely high. Then I learnt of IDEA offering help for this course.", says Manisha.
Manisha's father is a driver and earns a meager income which is barely sufficient for himself. Her mother works as a tailor and her income pays for their domestic expenses. Manisha and her elder sister's expenses are taken care of by her eldest sister, who works at a showroom along with her college. Hence, Manisha has to think twice before spending money even on education.
Manisha had been told about IDEA by an old school teacher. She has participated in numerous activities here, namely the Spoken English tuitions, Yoga and Martial Arts training, Sponsorship programme and the Summer Camp. Here, she learnt that IDEA planned on sponsoring 5 girls for the MSCIT classes. She knew she had to enroll. Although she knew her sister would face trouble paying such a large amount at once, they managed by cutting corners in other expenses.
Today, Manisha uses the computer with ease. She appreciates the in depth knowledge and personal attention given at the MSCIT classes. She does not sense the absence of a computer at home as she receives ample practice in the classes itself. She is confident that the skills she learns here will enable her to crack the Public Service exams and establish a comfortable life for her family and herself.
Thank you donors for enabling us to reach out to these children and brighten up their skills. We deeply appreciate your continued support for booting their future.

Manisha with other 2 classmates in MSCIT class
Manisha with other 2 classmates in MSCIT class

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