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.
Dec 30, 2014

Building a Cornerstone

Students receiving MSCIT Certificate
Students receiving MSCIT Certificate

Dear donors and well wishers,

Season’s greetings from IDEA!

9 children from our rural project recently completed 3 months MSCIT course which was sponsored by IDEA Foundation. MSCIT stands for Maharashtra State-Certificate in Information Technology. It is the most popular IT Literacy course in Maharashtra state. This Course Comprises Of:

  1. Reading and understanding a highly illustrated book
  2. eLearning based self-learning sessions
  3. Through MKCL's eLearning Revolution for All (ERA)
  4. Providing hands-on practice sessions
  5. Learning facilitation by certified professionals
  6. With academic interactions, assessments, and collaboration

After completing this course, students become confident and versatile users of Information Technology. This certificate gives weightage to candidate’s resume. 5 more girls are pursuing the same course and also learning English and Marathi typing which will be beneficial for them from job perspective. These girls travel quite far to learn new skills and upgrade their knowledge. There are very few institutes in that region. Rajesh is one of those 9 children who benefitted from this initiative.

Rajesh lives in Indiranagar slum in Bhor. He is eighteen years old and studying first year B.A. in A.T. College, Bhor. Rajesh lives with his parents and elder brother and a sister in a small hut. He is sincere and hard working. He is of helping nature. Rajesh’s father works as a mason on construction sites and his mother and elder brother also help him in that. Sometimes Rajesh also works part time on construction site to cover his educational expenses.

We noticed him during our student mobilization session in his community. He was briefed on IDEA’s vocational training program. Very soon he joined MSCIT course and completed it sincerely. He secured A+ grade. Rajesh is in regular touch with foundation for getting further guidance. He also helps study centre teacher in outdoor activities and participates in various programs organised by IDEA foundation in Indiranagar community.

Rajesh is aware of importance of education. His aim is to complete graduation in arts and then search for a job. Now is also pursuing typing course under IDEA’s support. It will help him to apply for clerical jobs. He is looking forward to participate in many more initiatives undertaken by IDEA.

Kamal’s story:

Kamal (name changed) is presently undergoing Bedside Assistant course through IDEA Foundation and also learning to operate computer for the first time. She comes to IDEA’s office every afternoon along with her classmates.

Kamal left college after 11th and started working as a receptionist in dental hospital. Her elder sister is married and brother is pursuing first year of B.Com. Her mother is a housewife. Her father works as a watchman in housing society and earns around Rs. 6000 per month. He took loan of Rs. 3 lacs for the wedding of his elder daughter and the family is paying through the nose to repay the amount. Kamal too is contributing towards family income by earning Rs. 2000 per month in a nursing home. She heard about IDEA’s vocational training program and joined nursing course soon. As part of her training, she is now learning basics of computer which is going to be a great support for her professional life. Her friend had taught her to open PC in a cyber café. Today she is able to use various tools and type in English and Marathi. She will be well trained in a few days.

She was once rejected in an interview due to lack of knowledge in computer operation. She was highly disappointed by that and made up her mind to become computer literate. She is also motivated to continue her college. She is appearing for her 12th standard exam externally in another two months.

Thank you dear donors and well wishers for sponsoring and supporting such courses. You are opening doors for less privileged and building a cornerstone for increasing cyber citizenship. Wish you a very happy and healthy new year 2015.

Rural girls learning ABC of computer
Rural girls learning ABC of computer
Kamal on a PC
Kamal on a PC
Dec 29, 2014

Expand her horizons

Rehana
Rehana

Dear donors and supporters,
Wish you all a Merry Christmas.


You have been a great support for many children to continue their education. Rehana is one example how they make the most of it.
Rehana (name changed) is seventeen years old, active and studious girl. She is studying in 12th standard. She is under IDEA foundation’s sponsorship program from past five years. Her father, Mr. Jahangir is an auto rickshaw driver and mother, Ms. Mumtaj is a housewife. Being a rickshaw driver and the only breadwinner of the family, her father finds it difficult to meet both ends. Her brother, Salim and sister, Reshma are studying in 10th and 7th standard respectively. Her father is suffering from a detached shoulder bone. Doctor has advised him a surgery which is expensive and moreover requires six months rest which he cannot afford. His income will stop for six months. He is living with the pain by thinking of tomorrow’s bread and butter and educational expenses of the children. He has borrowed money from his friend to cover school fees of Rehana’s brother and sister.
Rehana’s neighborhood is full of alcoholics and they often use foul language. Rehana observes religious restrictions from her neighbors and relatives. Being a girl, Rehana also comes across social barriers specially in continuing her education. Relatives insist her parents to stop her education. ‘She can read. Isn’t that enough?’ They wonder. They also insist on religious activities like five times Namaj and reading religious notes. Rehana’s parents are liberal and supportive. They want to educate their children. Rehana’s father and mother got married at the age of 16 and 11 respectively. Her mother had 3 children by the time she was 15. She was carrying while studying in 7th standard. She wanted to continue studying after having a baby but her in laws did not let her to. She is still facing the adverse effects of child marriage, lack of education and lack of information about family planning. She believes in education and says that every girl should study well and stand on her own feet. Therefore she tells Rehana to focus on study instead of reading religious scriptures. Rehana’s parents thank IDEA for the support. They say, “IDEA takes care of educational needs of our children just like parents do. Social workers talk to us like a family friend and provide support exactly when we need it. Our children turn back to us and say IDEA is with us even if you don’t pay our fees!”
Rehana’s neighbors create obstacles in her studies by raising volumes of TV and home theatres. She finds it difficult to study in such environment so she starts studying either late night at 11 p.m. or goes to a crematorium where she finds peaceful environment for studying. She has overcome many such hurdles and become stronger. Her education continues while fighting against all the odds. She is a quiet and mature girl. She concentrates on studies with full dedication and also participates in most of the activities like art and craft, life skill sessions and exposure visits conducted by IDEA. Her confidence level and general knowledge has increased due to her participation in various activities. She is a stronger person today. She likes drawing and dancing. Her mother always supports her and acts friendly with her. Parents wish to educate her as much as she wants.
Her board exam is round the corner. Initially she was scared of studying in English medium. She feels better after sharing her difficulties with IDEA’s social worker. Her plan is to join BBA (Bachelor in Business Administration) course after 12th.
We wish her all the best to succeed in her mission and thank all of you for reading this. Hope this New Year brings more happiness to all of us including Rehana. Wish you a very Happy New Year.

Dec 29, 2014

Exposure beyond schools

Science experiment
Science experiment

Dear donors,

Wish you all a Merry Christmas!

Our mission is to create equal opportunities to underprivileged sections of society for their all round development.’

Here is an attempt to bring underprivileged children in mainstream and provide them maximum opportunities just as any middle class child has an easy access to.

Film screening: movies can have a positive influence on children. It plays a critical role in creating political and social awareness. Children also learn values by observing good role models in the film. And most importantly, young generation is easily attracted by media. Therefore we planned to use films to educate children and create awareness. Recently, we screened a Marathi movie called ‘Rege’ for the teenagers. It talks about how vulnerable today’s youngsters are, how they get attracted to the glamour of underworld and eventually get trapped in the evils of it. This was very relevant to the environment children observe

Children are exposed to diverse culture outside their slums because of media. Our resource person understood this very well and took them on an environmental ride through films and dialogue on tree plantation, ground water and consumption of water. These films threw light on the present status of river pollution and tree cutting. Children have not seen water shortage because they live in a city which has ample water. Watching a film on ground water was an eye opener for children. We were overwhelmed by the feedback we received from them. It was definitely one step forward to become a responsible citizen.

Exposure visits:

  • IUCAA (Inter University Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics) Galaxy Show (Taramandal): Under Scientific Public Outreach Program of IUCAA, 51 children from IDEA’s study centers and sponsorship program watched an interactive galaxy show in an inflatable dome. They could also visualize galaxy on an open air platform in IUCAA’s premises. It was a great beginning to understand basics of sky observation and astronomy.
  • STEM Program: 5 girls got an opportunity to attend a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) Program organized by Avsara Academy during Diwali. They thoroughly enjoyed ‘learning by doing’ science experiments. Watching those pictures many other girls exclaimed, “We too want to participate in this next year”
  • Science Park: 20 children visited Science Park in Pune. It included various innovative science experiments, 3D movie show on functions of human body and a galaxy show(Taramandal) in the planetarium. Solving science quizzes and puzzles outdoor in the park was fun for children!

 

Thank you donors for creating such wonderful opportunities for these children. It is certainly an essential part of education. Wish you all a very happy and healthy new year. Please continue your support to bring many needy and deserving children in the mainstream.

STEM Program
STEM Program
Visit to IUCAA
Visit to IUCAA
Outdoor science experiment in IUCAA
Outdoor science experiment in IUCAA
Outdoor experiment in Science Park
Outdoor experiment in Science Park
Education through films
Education through films

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