Mar 3, 2020

FEAR OF COMPUTERS, NO MORE!

Pradnya-IDEA's Digital literacy course instructor
Pradnya-IDEA's Digital literacy course instructor

Dear Friends,

Greetings from IDEA!

It gives us great pleasure to bring this special report to you! We are running computer literacy centres for underprivileged people for the last five years, many of our students are young women who have had to leave their studies behind due to early marriage and poor financial background.

House bound or doing menial jobs, they never thought that they could get back to their studies and computer for them was a complex machine which only educated people operated for doing important office work. When Govt. of India started promoting digital literacy in a big way, many women understood its importance but the fear stopped them.

At IDEA’s digital literacy centres, digital literacy curriculum comes later, first our instructors work on banishing the fear factor from the students. They simplify the language of computers and give personal attention to all students which creates an interest in them. Staring with basics and covering topics like digital marketing and online payments.

Some of our students gave our Digital literacy instructor, Pradnya, glowing testimonials. In the images of the testimonial in Marathi language, we have blurred some parts to conceal their identities. Please do read the English translations below - 

Deepali

“I am housewife and had no knowledge of computers before joining IDEA’s Digital literacy centre. Here I got a chance to work on a computer for the first time. Initially I was intimidated to use the computer but our instructor explained everything and it became simple. Now I don’t fear it and I must say that I have learned many useful things in this course especially surfing the internet. Now I can handle the computer independently”.

Maya

“I always wanted to learn computers but I was scared. Our instructor makes everything simple to understand which dissolved my fears and I developed an interest in this. I find using internet on my mobile the most useful. I have learned how to pay electricity bill online, Facebook, I have a Google account also. I want to learn more”.

Suvarna

“Earlier I had only seen a computer, only after joining this computer class, my fear of computers went away. In this day and age everyone must know how to operate a computer, it is very essential. My fear of computers only went away because of our instructor, Pradnya and now I enjoy the computer class and I feel so nice that even I know how to handle the computer. I thank madam a lot for this”.

Many such women and young girls are digitally literate today which has increased their confidence and opened new opportunities for them. Please DONATE and continue SUPPORTING this project!

Deepali
Deepali
Maya
Maya
Suvarna
Suvarna

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Jan 28, 2020

GETTING THEM READY FOR THE FUTURE!

Dear friends,

Greetings from IDEA!

Hope you are having a great start to a new year! Our kids have enjoyed a variety of activities ranging from digital literacy to sports and exposure visits. You will be happy to know that your contribution is helping hundreds of underprivileged kids get access to self-developmental opportunities which is getting them ready for their bright future! We are delighted to bring to you this report!

EXPOSURE VISIT to Fergusson College

Last month, our kids got a wonderful opportunity of visiting a reputed and oldest learning institution called Fergusson College (FC). The college students invited our kids to their annual gathering during which the kids got a rare chance to see the various projects displayed by FC students from various departments like Chemistry, Biology, Zoology and Geography. The kids were awed at the creativity and talent on display. Most importantly, the kids got to visit FC’s famous Geology and Chemistry laboratories which are one of the prestigious ones in Asia. FC college students took our kids on a tour of the college and labs and inspired them to focus on their school studies so that one day they too may join such reputed learning institutions.

DIGITAL LEARNING for all

At IDEA we believe that opportunities of development should be accessible to all. Digital literacy has become indispensable when it comes to availing various career opportunities. While privileged children get an early access to digital world, their underprivileged peers lag behind leading to a divide between haves and have nots. We are expanding our digital literacy centres in Pune city every year so that we cover maximum children. At our digital literacy centres, children learn basics of computers and internet. They learn how to use MS Word, Excel, Paint etc. Later they learn how to surf the internet, how to search for information related to their studies and importance of cyber security so that they use internet and social media responsibly.

SPORTS DAY celebrated with gusto!

As part of our HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT initiatives, our team conducted SPORTS DAY for children. Sports and physical exercise are important for all-round development of children but underprivileged kids get less opportunities to explore sports in a disciplined manner. Our volunteer Preeti who is studying sports management helped us conduct the sports day. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning - warm up exercises, kabaddi, running race followed by a grand prize distribution ceremony. We thank our Preeti for energizing the children and discussing "Importance of sports" with them. IDEA is working to improve and instil leadership qualities and team spirit in children and sports are a good starting point.

Friends, we are doing our best to give maximum self-developmental opportunities to underprivileged kids and no doubt your contribution is making it possible. Pease continue to support your project. Let’s EDUCATE to EMPOWER!

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Dec 26, 2019

Flood affected children and families need you!

A flooded school
A flooded school

Dear Friends,

Greetings from IDEA!

As we are celebrating this festive season, it is unfortunate that children and families affected by yet another wave of floods in Kerala have little to cheer. This monsoon, flood re-visited the same districts in central Kerala and much of the rebuilding work done after last year’s monsoon was left undone.

After the floods in August 2018, much rebuilding and relief work was carried out but the tragedy visited this year too and since August 2019, low cost schools and Govt. schools and many underprivileged families are struggling due to water logging yet again.

In a Govt. school in Kuppapuram, the bunds built to keep water away were left broken due to repeated flooding such that the entire area surrounding that school and school compound is flooded with water upto 4 feet height and hence children are using make-shift bridges made of tables and desks to cross over to their school. The children are especially very unhappy at having lost their school playground which one of the very few sources of joy for them in these troubled times.

Team IDEA is continuing its rebuilding work in the affected schools and for children and families in central Kerala. We recently conducted Computer classes and Communicative English classes at two High schools. It is important to keep engaging students through such interactive sessions so that the tragedy does not diminish their interest in learning.

The schools are atleast receiving some assistance from Govt. and NGOs but for families who have lost their livelihoods, help is very little and sporadic at best. Many underprivileged and flood affected families are still waiting for their houses to be re-built and for compensation for the loss of their livelihoods. In absence of other viable alternatives, these families are still suffering.

It happens often that after the initial horror of a natural disaster fades away, we tend to forget the suffering of the affected people, hence it is necessary to keep updating ourselves and others of the ground realities. Our team in Kerala is still working tirelessly to bring some relief to the people and to help them as they pick up the pieces of their lives once again. 

Friends, it is our earnest appeal, Please donate to the flood affected families and children from Kerala so that they may rebuild their lives! We request you to please motivate your friends also to contribute to this project.

Children use a make-shift bridge made of benches
Children use a make-shift bridge made of benches
Lost playground
Lost playground
Communicative English classes
Communicative English classes
Computer classes in an affected school
Computer classes in an affected school
This is a school campus, can you believe it?
This is a school campus, can you believe it?

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