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 1, 2016

Girls excel in academic performance!!!

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Dear Friends,

We are delighted to inform you that IDEA's education sponsorship project is running efficiently with your generous help. Last academic year we supported 293 children from underprivileged community to access quality education. All children under our sponsorship program is doing extremely well in academics and other extra-curricular activities. They are really making good use of the opportunity they got to free themselves from extreme poverty they are facing.

IDEA conducts various activities in schools and communities under this project to prepare children to face the outer world with confidence and to achieve their goals in life. These activities included career guidance workshops by experts from different fields, spoken English classes, computer literacy classes, mathematics classes for 10th standard children and various exposure visits. Our children under sponsorship project are always eager to attend these programs. Thank you very much all of you for your financial support and understanding.  


HIGHLIGHTS: 
The children who appeared for the board exam this year would like to express their gratitude to all donors who have helped them to pursue their dreams. The children really made us proud too. The results are as follows:

12th standard - Total 29 children appeared and 26 passed with good marks. 4 children scored more than 70 %, 8 children scored between 60% to 70 %. Preethi  who scored 88.6% marks is the topper among them.

10th standard - Total 26 children appeared for the final examination and 24 passed. 3 children scored more than 70 %, 8 children scored between 60% to 70%. Harshada  scored 76% and Ashiwini  Scored 74.6%.    

Two girl students are good kabbadi players. Ms. Pratiksha  who is 11th standard played in District level competition and Ms. Swati  who played state level matches. Both are working really hard to be in National level matches. Our sponsorship support is always a great help to motivate such students.



An Appeal 
We are extremely thankful to each one of you for supporting us. We are getting a lot of application from poor parents for sponsorship. As far as possible we try to accept every application but sometimes it is difficult to cope up with the increasing demand. We want to support many more children as we feel education is the right of every child and lack of money should not be a barrier for them to achieve knowledge. Please continue to support us and write to us  if you have any suggestion for improving our project. 

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Career Guidance
Career Guidance
Mentoring by voluneers
Mentoring by voluneers
Jul 19, 2016

National Digital Literacy Mission-a Window of Hope

NDLM Certificate distribution in Pune IDEA Centre
NDLM Certificate distribution in Pune IDEA Centre

Dear Supporters,

 Greetings from Team IDEA ! 

By trying to make India a connected knowledge economy with the help of promoting computer literacy through NDLM mission, Government of India has taken huge leap towards development.  National Digital Literacy Mission. IDEA Foundation has started a computer training center to reach out to the marginalized communities in Pune and Bopkhel under the National Digital Literacy Mission.  Many students have already completed our basic computer course and are benefitting out of it.

Under Umang project IDEA Foundation initiated its first NDLM Centre at Bopkhel in collaboration with Tata Communications. This Centre started its 2 months computer basics course on 20st August 2015, with five batches. We received a very good response for Basic Computer course in Bopkhel.

                Till March 2015, 129 students got enrolled here. Students are from all age groups and all are females. The students are from different educational and family backgrounds. Some of them have not even completed high school education and left schooling, some are school students and very few are graduates. But still they all were equally eager to learn new technologies and they all have thoroughly enjoyed the learning process.

Preparing them for the assessment was an herculean task for IDEA staff, from the technical point of view and from the student’s perspective. The online exam was a big challenge for as there were many technical hitches which were to be overcome by the support from NASSCOM.

   Total 83 Students got validated and till end of march 2016, 67 students appeared for online examination. We are very proud to declare that 64 have cleared the examinations. 

Our second center in Kothrud in Pune was inagurated October 2015 with software ,hardware and employee engagement support from Symantec http://www.symantec.com/…/symantec-supports-digital-literac…

The impact of the Digital literacy programme has motivated us to open a third center in Uttam Nagar in Pune , shortly.   

 

Success Stories

Mrs. Bharati had completed 10th standard , but colud not study further because of family responsibilities. In our NDLM center she has learnt to operate computer and Internet confidently. She is thankful to IDEA for providing such  an opportunity in her village.. Now she is using internet to help her child in studies. She can use computer now for downloading valuable information for herself as well as for her child. She is interested in learning more about computer courses.

Mrs. Yogita   has expressed her opinion that she has got benefited  by IDEA NDLM  computer course. She could get a lot of information from websites and it also helped her to apply for her son’s college admission online. Cyber awareness programs helped her to understand the positive and negative sides of using internet by children. She is thankful to IDEA Foundation for giving her an opportunity to learn about computers

Mrs.Prerana  is 12th pass. Afer completing the computer course at IDEA center she is able to use computer for online banking, online payments of bills, and for searching information for further studies

Thanks to all our supporters who have helped us for this project  and  requesting for your further support so that we can reach out to more needy. 

NDLM class in Progress
NDLM class in Progress
Eagerly waiting for certificate
Eagerly waiting for certificate
Session on Cyber safety
Session on Cyber safety
May 4, 2016

A Step Towards Digital India

Aarti at IDEA computer centre
Aarti at IDEA computer centre

Hello friends,

It is my pleasure to express my gratitude and appreciation for all the support you are giving us.You will be glad to know that our ‘Computer Literacy Project’ has been a great success so far. We are able to open a new world of knowledge and digital literacy to many who have not even dreamt of using a computer. The ability to use internet for simple tasks like ticket booking, search engines, have made their life much easy.

National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) Scheme has been formulated to impart IT training to 52.5 lakh persons so as to enable them to actively and effectively participate in the developmental process and also enhance their livelihood.IDEA wants to contribute towards this aim and has started this project called ‘Computer Literacy’ to provide computer training to marginalised communities in Pune. IDEA also started e-learning classes for the school going children at our study centres to make our educational activities interesting and effective for under privileged school children.

IDEA has completed two batches of computer course under NDLM scheme.  In our first batch 25 young womencompleted the course where as 26 women completed the second batch. Our current batch has 45 students. Many young women who could not continue their education because of various reasons are attending the course. Learning to use computers and internet will empower them to have digital literacy skills. It will help them to develop skills needed to interact with the digital world and to keep them informed of the new schemes and benefits.

Aarti’s Story:

Aarti is an 18 year old girl from Pune who is attending our NDLM course. She is a 12th standard student.Her family includes herself, her parents and younger brother who is in 9th standard. Her father works as a watchman and her mother as a maid. Alcohol addiction is a big problem in India, her father is also is a prey to alcohol. Aartialso has to work as a maid servant after her school hours and in holidays. Her mother expects her to discontinue her studies after 12th to earn more and support the family.  Aarti knows that she can get a better job if she learn to operate computer and internet. As she cannot afford to pay the fees of computer institutes she could not join anywhere for a course. When we started our NDLM course she enrolled herself immediately and hopes to get a job as soon as she completes her 1 month course. The course covers basic computer operations like MS office , Internet..etc. which will enable her to get a job as an office secretary. Aartiis  determined to learn new skills and technology and she is confident of getting  job soon after her course.

                                                               

E-learning at our study centers

  Computers and e-learning  have promised to expand the basic nature of education, such as the ability to link written with audio and visual material that can enrich the full range of the learner’s senses. But access to computers and e-learning in marginalized communities and rural areas is either non-existent or very limited. Taking this into consideration, we have decided to start e-learning class at one of our IDEA study centres. At present 28 children from 3 different communities participate in the e-learning classes being conducted in the Kothrud study entre. They are from 5th and 6th standards. We use academic software from a local IT firm, which covers the syllabus of all subjects in Marathi Language.

We have noted that the children are showing great improvement and interest in studies after the introduction of the software. Sometimes the teachers and text books fail to give the correct explanation of scientific nature of certain things, proper explanation of mathematical concepts, correct pronunciation of English words..etc. The e-learning software with its audio visual explanations helped to create interest in children for learning new things. Parents are happy that their children are getting exposure to technology driven education. After seeing the positive impact, we are planning to start this method of teaching in all our study centres.

Thank you Donors !

We are extremely grateful to all our supporters for making our work possible with your generous contributions. Please continue to help us to so that we can bring more people from under privileged community to the digital World of information technology.

e_Learning class in progress at IDEA study centre
e_Learning class in progress at IDEA study centre
NDLM class for women
NDLM class for women
 
   

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