Education  India Project #11151

GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL

by Literacy India
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
GIFT THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO AN UNDER-SERVED GIRL
Project in progress
Project in progress

Project Karigari – provides youth & women with livelihood options through various vocational training in the areas, based on beneficiaries’ preferences and aptitude. Under Karigari 150,000 youth and women have been trained during year across India. Literacy India has turned 25 this year and since inception our primary beneficiaries have been Girl Child, Young Girls and Women. Scores of Successes in gender equality has been due to overwhelming response from them. United Nation`s SDG 2030 Treaty wherein 17 nations including India signing up in later years confirmed our work in this area before SDG came in force. However recent setback due to Pandemic demands aggressive work in creating livelihood options specially for Youth and Women. We firmly believe that if we “Empower one Women we help not only her Family which includes health and education of her children we in turn empower the entire community.

 E-Tutor

e-tutor is tutoring system which aims to create a virtual teaching and learning environment that suits today's trend & Post Covid this initiative have created vital role in educating rural children. Literacy India E tutor project empowers CCC/CCA pass out trainees to become Community E-tutor using technology intervention to become a pioneer in providing a quality education. It infuses the modernity in education systems, thus, creating a E Tutors help students. The Gyantantra software help teachers to be more effective and improve the quality of the education by increasing Students participation, Self-explanatory lessons and develop cognitive skills of children.

.E-Tutor effectively promotes student learning and increase student knowledge in basic subjects and topics of Gyantantra Digital Dost ( https://www.gyantantra.org/home.php)

 Impact

There is strong evidence of positive outcomes for ICT training by e-tutors, associated with ICT based Initiatives in rural and remote area. The association of these e-tutors with project initiatives activated participants, and promoted their educational, social skills using this educational software contents and enhanced the community engagement. Technology has re-defined the primary Education and learning outcome using Gyantantra Digital Dost.

 The impact of project on students: 

  • Readiness for learning with increased effectiveness in remote and rural area by e-tutors
  • Wise spread coverage & raise in learning efficiency
  • Greater learner engagement initiated by e-tutors
  • Provision of livelihood and limited employment to the freshers
  • Children can connect and collaborate with other students using digital tools

 STORIES OF IMPACT

Name Maity ( Name changed) Age : 22 Location : West Bengal

Maity( Name Changed) lives in Block  Bagmundi, Purulia in West Bengal. Her father is a Farmer and her mother is a housewife. Maity ( Name Changed) completed her graduation in 2020 and a few months ago she was offered a contractual government job as a VRP (Village Resource Person). She is also running an e-tuition program with the help of Literacy India.

Let’s rewind and take a look at Maity’s  ( Name Changed)  journey. One day, Maity ( Name Changed)  along with a friend came to Literacy India’s Lowakui center and applied for a computer course (CCA). She was enthusiastic and committed to studying. Within 6 months, with the help of her teacher, she had an excellent grasp of the skills.

The staff at Literacy India were impressed by her motivation and willingness to work. They gave her a computer set to start an e-tuition program. Through this program, CCA beneficiaries have been teaching GDD and basic computer knowledge to the children at their homes in rural areas with minimum tuition fees. Maity ( Name Changed) started e-tuition with approximately 20 students and earns Rs.2000/- to Rs.2500/- per month. Recently, she has also started a contractual government job at Matha Gram Panchayat as a VRP (Village Resource Person). 

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Literacy India has been working with the migrant communities for more than two decades, where children with weak educational foundation are forced to follow their parents, irrespective of school session schedule. We have strongly advocated technology aided education and now its relevance is more than ever. It is only with technology and specially designed software that vulnerable and underprivileged children can be brought up to speed, given the situation.

Gyantantra Digital Dost has successfully been implemented by us to ensure out-of-school children as well as school dropouts, students weak in academics to get basic education for their better future and accelerate the learning process. However, with education centers and schools being shut, these children need devices to continue to push against the despair of the situation. The marginal communities cannot afford mobile phones or laptops, and this is the community which needs the crutches of educational foundation the most – not just to survive such unprecedented situation but also to ensure that the progress made by the country does not slip away.

The COVID 19 pandemic has impacted each one of us, the severity of which is yet to unfurl. As the world braces itself for what lies ahead, the Indian Government is struggling to ensure the security of the future generation. One of the key aspects, education – especially elementary education - is at a critical junction as experts worry that the progress made so far, has since suffered.

The recent migrant crisis and the continuity of schools being shut is a major blow to the 427 million children in the country. But especially impacted are children above 6 years of age, a critical age to create a robust educational foundation.

Literacy India has a robust solution to meet this monumental challenge. Not only do we have an intelligent educational software which focuses on individual learning capacity but also serves as a resilient and patient ‘teacher’. We started the project using Google Classroom with the children of these communities. Students made trained in Google classroom, assigned worksheets, assignments, recreational projects where these children can be engaged under the guidance of teacher.

Gyantantra Digital Dost in the time of Lockdown:

Literacy India has developed multimedia software called Gyantantra Udbhav as a part of the ICT-based learning program called Gyantantra Digital Dost (GDD). This software was conceptualized to be used in conjunction with classroom/text-book teaching. GDD is a revolutionary digital education model which develops & enhances children’s interest towards education. It has made the learning process more interesting, attention-grabbing and enjoyable along with increasing student retention. This self-paced learning software benefits underprivileged women and children.

In the time of pandemic, when schools across nations were shut to curb the spread of coronavirus, Literacy India made the digital education accessible to the students virtually. The GDD Google classroom has enabled the children to continue their education through virtual mode. They were able to continue their academic with same pace and able to compete with peer group.

Process Undertaken:

  • Analyzing the situation of covid-19, Series of conference call made among the Literacy India project team to come up with the solution.
  • Teachers made trained in Google Classroom & Zoom to take up the interactive session with students.
  • Teachers connect with students and mobilize for virtual classes and train students to effectively use the technology for the purpose of education
  • Online education classes began where content shared via Google Dashboard.

Activities undertaken during the quarter:

  • Community survey conducted to approach students and mobilize for online classes.
  • Teachers training for capacity building on usage of technology in education
  • Door to door Google classroom training for effective use of technology for the purpose of education and to bring the process on ease
  • Awareness session on Covid 19 to safeguard themselves against pandemic
  • Live Classes, developing assignments as per the level of students, sharing academic worksheets and online assessment to measure the students’ performance.

  Story of Change

Veena ( Name Change) , Class III  Location : Rajashthan India 

‘The Harder you work, the greater you feel when you achieve it’

Veena, a student of Class III got disconnected with her education due to sudden shutdown of schools in covid pandemic. She had no access to education for months that made her unlearn many learnt concepts.

In the time of crisis, when student’s future surrounded with darkness, Literacy India (LI) came up with the model of digital learning, accessible to the underserved. Ravina made enrolled under the Gyantantra Udbhav program of LI. She was provided training on Google Classroom to make her understand the concept of live classes and method to operate it. In the Pre-assessment conducted to measure the students’ learning level, she scored below average and was not able to solve the questions of her level.

She has been proven as an active learner. She regularly attended live classes under the mentorship of teacher facilitator. She always completes her work on time. During the time, she also came across number of problems in her day to day life but didn’t give up but worked with focus and dedication. Initially, she faced problem in solving mathematical questions for which she took assistance from teacher virtually and cleared her doubts. Now, she independently solves the questions of addition and subtraction of 3-4-digit numbers without any difficulty. Her knowledge in Hindi and English language enhanced. She is able to read the story books of her level efficiently and attempt the questions of days of the week, names of the month, parts of body and word formation without any error.

Veena belongs to the farmers family, residing in Jhalawar, Rajasthan. Her parents are illiterate but understand the significance of education. They are happy with the progress of Veena in academics and overall personality development. They are thankful to Literacy India for supporting their daughter’s education.

Covid relief
Covid relief

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Enabling Women and Youth to become Future Workforce & Industry Employable

Youth and women in our society are in immense need of livelihood opportunities, however most often they are not found capable to acquire a required skill for the same, hence limits their decisions.

Karigari believes that women and the youth are torch bearers of sustainable development. Their potential as agents changes in the lives of their children and their communities at large need to be harnessed. By Providing education and employability skills to women, Karigari aims to reduce social and economic inequalities. Through this project women gain confidence and are not only able to manage their household better, but they are also become decision making

Our Karigari Program helps to improve the status of Women / Youth in the society by providing them with livelihood opportunities through vocational training in the areas based on beneficiaries’ preferences and aptitude.

  • Computer literacy offered at our centres allows beneficiaries to build careers in IT related fields like BPO Centres, Data Processing Units and lately in UID centres etc. especially in the cities like Delhi, Gurgaon & Kolkata, hence creating entrepreneurs.
  • Stitching, Embroidery, Beauty Culture, Block Printing, Tie & Die, electrical Training, Mobile Repairing & Computer Hardware etc enables beneficiaries to get employment in the garment industry or set up their own stitching and tailoring units.
  • Vocational training in driving encourages beneficiaries to build careers as drivers in the automobile, transport and travel industry or seek self-employment as professional drivers.
  • Community based skills like kitchen gardening, and organic farming empowers people to sustain themselves in their community.

The opportunities created in the following manner:

  • Step 1: Conducted survey of the area and identified beneficiaries
  • Step 2: Assessed the skills/ trainings that would benefit them most
  • Step 3: Set up and installation of equipment and machines
  • Step 4: Invited beneficiaries for an orientation session
  • Step 5: Regular ongoing training till completion of the program as per the module
  • Step 6: Workshop on business development and motivational sessions
  • Step 7: Support to set up business models and provide ongoing support to sustain the business
  • Step 8: Assistance for Job placement

‘Self-belief and hardwork always earn you Success’

Name: Aarati Devi ( Name chaged) Howrah, West Bengal

Aarti ( name changed) is a lady with strong will power who possess a persistent attitude for life. She didn’t give up in her tough times but looked for opportunities around to tied over the problems. She is a 25 years old young woman, resides in Howrah, West Bengal with her husband and two children. Her husband works as a labour who doesn’t have a regular income. She also works as a domestic help in neighbourhood to support her husband but the income earned by both remains insufficient in meeting the family needs.

To support her husband financially, Bharti joined Literacy India skill training program and enrolled herself under stitching and Tailoring course. She also wanted to learn some skills for earning a stable income and give her children a good upbringing. She completed her education only till Class V due to which she faced problem in making mathematical calculation.

In the beginning, she was little nervous and hesitant in learning new skills. Her paper cutting was not up to the mark and also was unable to gain confidence in stitching cloth without teacher’s assistance. Analysing the situation, she was provided motivational sessions on earning sustainable livelihood and prepare them for success.

With regular practice and counselling sessions conducted, she gained self confidence and does the stitching work independently. She successfully completed her course in the period of 6 months and received certificate. Literacy India assisted her in taking up a job and made her placed in the shopping bag factory. In the present time, she is working in a factory and gained proficiency in stich various sizes shopping bag and earn Rs 5000 per month. She also trains the junior artisan in making a bag. Her family income rose to Rs 11000-12000 per month and able to meet the family needs without any difficulty.

Aaarti expresses her thanks to Literacy India for their support and guidance in making her skill and capable for employment.

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Youth and women in our society are in immense need of livelihood opportunities, however most often they are not found capable to acquire a required skill for the same, hence limits their decisions.

Our Karigari Program helps to improve the status of women / Youth in the society by providing them with livelihood opportunities through vocational training in the areas based on beneficiaries’ preferences and aptitude.

  • Computer literacy offered at our centres allows beneficiaries to build careers in IT related fields like BPO Centres, Data Processing Units and lately in UID centres etc. especially in the cities like Delhi, Gurgaon & Kolkata. Hence, creating entrepreneurs.
  • Skill building in Stitching, Embroidery, Beauty Culture, Block Printing, Tie & Die, electrical Training, Mobile Repairing & Computer Hardware etc enables beneficiaries to get employment in the garment industry or set up their own stitching and tailoring units.
  • Vocational training in driving encourages beneficiaries to build career as a driver in the automobile, transport and travel industry or seek self-employment as a professional driver.
  • Community based skills like kitchen gardening, and organic farming empower people to sustain themselves in their community.

The opportunities created in the following manner:

  • Step 1: Conducted survey of the area and identified beneficiaries
  • Step 2: Assessed the skill/trainings that would benefit them most
  • Step 3: Set up and installation of equipment and machines
  • Step 4: Invited beneficiaries for an orientation session
  • Step 5: Regular ongoing training till completion of the program as per the module
  • Step 6: Workshop on business development and motivational sessions
  • Step 7: Support to set up business models and provide ongoing support to sustain the business

Electrician Training

Electrical training course for youth covers the following domains - Understanding the general safety of tools and equipment, Describing electricity, conductor, insulator, voltage, current, resistance, Potential difference and inter-relation between Voltage, Current, and Resistance etc, Explaining the difference between Alternating and direct current, Describing the purpose of Earthing and types of earthing. Post successful completion of course candidate will be able to take precautions in any electrical hazards.

 Course Modules:

Module 1 - Introduction to the tools used in Electrical Training 

Module 2 - Understanding the polarity of the current

Module 3 - Understanding simple Electrical Connections and Faults in a circuit 

Module 4 - Understanding house wiring & circuit boards -

Module 5 - Learning joints in a circuit 

Module 6 - Understand the concept of Earthing

Story of Impact

 ‘Sincerity and Determination became a gateway for Success’

 Name : Manohar Kumar ( Name Changed) Age:  22 Location :West Bengal                            

 Manohar Kumar is a persistent and resourceful young boy of 22 years, resides in a small village named Chhatatar in West Bengal. Born in a family of extreme poverty and came across number challenges in each step of life due to economic constraints but never give up and continued to work. His father is a daily wage labourer and works hard to make a living for the family of 5 with a small income of Rs 3000 per month.

It has been rightly said that, ‘Success comes to those who tirelessly work for it.’ Manohar is a perfect example of it. Once Manohar was sitting among his friends and learnt about the electrical training course run by Literacy India for skill building in youth at its Lowkui centre in West Bengal. He always looks for opportunities in skill building for earning livelihood and on learning about the course from his friends, he became inquisitive to know about it. On the very next day, he went to the centre and made detailed enquiry about it and enrolled himself in the course.

Later, he joined training in the Literacy india centre and diligently worked. Under the course, he developed sound understanding on First Aid, Basics of Electrical Engineering, Wiring instruments, accessories, cable wire joining, wiring system –house and circuit, wiring test and estimation etc.

With time, his interest developed much in the subject and develop proficiency in the technical skills learnt. Post completing his course of 5 months, he started working with an electrician and does the work of house wiring in the Baghmundi area. Skills learnt in electrical training, now made him earn a living of Rs 3000-4,000 a month. In the near future, he wishes to enhance his skills in the domain and plans to open his own shop of electricity fitting.

Its Manohar’s willingness to learn and determination for work that made him a successful person today.

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project in progress Mask production
project in progress Mask production

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has infected more than three million people in more than 150 countries. A scourge confronting all of humanity, impacting lifestyles, businesses, economies, and the assumption of common well- being that all of us have been mainly taken for granted. The outbreak of the COVID-19 posed fresh challenges on all aspect of life. The worst affected is the Poorest of the Poor and their families, Rural communities and their Children. Millions of workers who migrate seasonally to cities in search of daily wage labour have been severely affected by the Lockdown. Stranded far from their homes without income, thousands had to undertake journeys on foot across state borders for over hundreds of miles to their native places.

 According to government figures, there are an estimated seven million artisans in India, however other sources peg the number to 200 million. The artisans constitute the backbone of India’s Handicraft sector, but at the time of duress are left to fend for themselves. Though some craftworkers do own land, millions do not. These landless artisans are forced to work as landless farmers or to migrate to cities as daily wage laborers. This puts the entire sector of traditional handicrafts at risk.

Amongst the worst affected are the rural artisans whose livelihood was totally dependent on the daily work given by the Indha ( www.indha.in). Due to Lockdown, there had been no sales activity.

We through Indha Project ( www.indha.in) have been trying to revive the receding Indian handicrafts sector by creating a market for the products across India and abroad. Global markets are slowly evolving and have begun to like the handmade, thereby giving hope to rural artisanal communities.

The old saying “Necessity is the father of invention" became real when all artisans and the design team started to think about converting this Pandemic into a livelihood opportunity. It was learnt that Mask is one such item which acts as Guard against person-to-person droplet transmission of a virus. The team of experts started to work on the sampling of Masks and sent out designs to the artisans through WhatsApp.

These artisans started working from home in the making of Masks. Close to Ten thousand Masks were distributed in the community with their help, and another ten thousand Masks are in production.

Masks were given in the community, especially to women, children and old people, in some places they were also distributed to the Police on Duty as well. Being made of Cotton, these Masks are organic and can be used multiple times after washing.

 Outcome & Impact

Under the Project ‘Protection against Covid-19 - Masks for needy and livelihood for artisans’. The underserved section of society didn’t have money to buy the basic preventive kit to safeguard themselves against deadly coronavirus. In such a situation, our Indha artisans produced masks for community distribution. As a result, community had access to masks, a protective gear against covid-19 and artisans provided opportunity to earn their livelihood who have lost due to shut down of markets on account of nationwide lockdown.

 Name : Pinki ( Name Changed) Age : 21 Location: West Bengal

Skills learnt provided her with the livelihood opportunity during Covid 19 pandemic

 Seamless patchwork between the pieces of clothes has made Pinki’s life different and colourful. Her journey began with Literacy India as a student of Stitching and Tailoring program under Literacy India’s Karigari project for sustainable livelihood. She learnt stitching and tailoring for 6 months and got herself certified in the skill, at Literacy India centre located in Howrah, Kolkata.

Her yearning desire to learn, earn, grow and support family, propelled her to work hard. Post competing the course, she joined Indha to earn an income and support her family in meeting the daily needs.

Pinki was good at up taking new skills with which she underwent number of training programs/advance courses organised by the centre on online or offline mode to enhance her skill sets. Later, she became proficient in patch work with the sound understanding on seamless tie of cloth pieces with appropriate color combinations. Later, she began taking orders from community along with Indha that enabled her to earn an income to fulfil her family needs. Pinki was also provided support for buying new sewing machine to expand her work in the community.

Skills learnt under the LI’s program provided her with the livelihood opportunity, during nationwide Lockdown due to Covid 19 Pandemic when this underserved section of the society was worst affected. But Pinki didn’t lose hope but converted the situationinto an  opportunity and stitched 750 masks for community under ‘Mask               for all Campaign’ by Literacy India.

She mentioned during an interaction that ‘Her experience of making multiple products enabled her to produce these Masks in large numbers in much less time.’ At Present, Pinki looks forward for more such orders in the coming months.

Pinki feels happy that how skill training enabled and empowered her to earn sustainable livelihood.

project in progress Mask distribution
project in progress Mask distribution
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project in progress Mask production 2
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Location: Gurgaon, Haryana - India
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Indraani Singh
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