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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 activities
Project activities

In India youth and women in our society are in need of livelihood options. However, most often they do not have the means to get the required skill sets, therefore life is led with limitations.

Our Karigari Program helps to improve the status of Women / Youth in the society by providing them with choices to earn their livelihood and skill building dependent on their preferences and aptitude.

Computer literacy offered at our centers allows beneficiaries to build careers in IT related fields like BPO Centers, Data Processing Units and lately in UID centers etc. especially in the cities like Delhi, Gurgaon & Kolkata is hence creating entrepreneurs.Stitching, Embroidery, Beauty Culture, Jewellery design & making, also Block Printing, Tie & Die etc enables the beneficiaries to work in the garment industry or set up their own 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 home kitchen gardening, and organic farming empowers them to sustain themselves in their community. The opportunities are created in the following manner:

  • Step 1: Conduct a survey of the area and identify beneficiaries
  • Step 2: Assess the skills/ trainings that will be most beneficial to them
  • Step 3: Set up Support
  • Step 4: Invite beneficiaries for an orientation session
  • Step 5: Regular ongoing training till completion of the program
  • Step 6: Workshop on business development and motivational sessions
  • Step 7: Support to set up business and provide ongoing support to sustain the business

What makes Karigari unique:

-Complete program is free of charge, with all equipment and raw material provided by Literacy India

- The beneficiaries are exposed to real life workshops at the centre where the work is happening

- The involvement of Literacy India does not end with training. There are regular visits by coordinators to help the beneficiaries get jobs and start their own enterprise.

 About Community:

‘Literacy India’ started ‘Accessory making course’ at a community center in Belgachia, Liluah, Howrah, West Bengal. The duration of this course is 6 months and entails two classes per week. This course offers free learning to its students about the skill of accessory & jewellery making. Also, they are aided with methods of understanding & enhancing product, clients and markets for their future business. This course enables the women/girls from poor economic background, to gain employment/entrepreneurial opportunity making them confident and self-sustained.

Student Testimonial:“Life changed after accessory making course. Our family could not imagine that simple beads, hooks, threads, bangles can change our life. At present we are doing business by making jewellery and selling in market .We are also selling in person and through Facebook. Everybody in our family respects us as we are contributing to the family income.”

 From October 2018 to April 2019, 15 students were enrolled in Accessory making course. 7 out of these 15 students, have joined our brand- Indha, for jewellery/accessory work and rest have started their own business.Indha is the women empowerment Platform of LiteracyIndia which gives them identity and helps them to sell their work to the donors/well wishers through the website www.indha.in.

 Recent Activities:

  •  To increase student enrolments & spread awareness, door-to-door mobilisation and group meetings were conducted. The parents of current students witnessed the progress of their child in class.
  • Students attended orientation and motivational sessions by viewing ‘Girl Star Video’ clippings from UNICEF.
  • E-learning class was held to educate students regarding marketing the products using social media like Facebook & WhatsApp.
  • Students visited local market and boutiques for getting exposure and knowledge about the skill and latest market trends
  • They attended several local exhibitions and corporate sales, to have a better understanding of the market and customers’ needs.
  • Discussions about product quality & finishing were held over conference call with CEO, Capt Indraani Singh & team, from Head Office in Gurgaon. These inputs were very useful for students

  MY PURSUIT TO INDEPENDENCE: TARANA ( NAME CHANGED )

 Tarana (name changed), resides at Liluah, Howrah in Kolkata. Tarana belongs to schedule caste family. Her father works at clerk level in a government company earning family income of around INR 10,000-11,000 pm.

Tarana is involved with ‘Literacy India’ since November 2017. First, she completed her beauty salon course. Then, she joined accessory making course in July 2018. After completing this course, she started her business as she wanted to support her family financially. She is a persistent, sincere and hardworking girl. She is also a very quick learner.

She started using internet and social media, to search for new designs and prepared them for sale. She used Facebook to advertise the products. At present she has a good client base through Facebook and WhatsApp groups. Her monthly income is about INR 3000-4000.She is glad that she learnt the accessory making skill through ‘Literacy India’, which has made her an independent girl. She works hard and seeks further opportunities to expand the scope of her business and income.

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GYANTANTRA UDBHAV PROEJCT PROGESS
GYANTANTRA UDBHAV PROEJCT PROGESS

Gyantantra has become Gyantantra Udbhav as it has scaled to New heights amongst the student to build a rock solid education foundation.

Project “Gyantantra” uses Technology to innovatively address multiple problems associated with the quality of education available to the poor in India:

     Need assessment

  • Poor level of teaching and lack of trained teachers
  • Inconsistency in teaching while teaching difficult concepts
  • Lack of motivation amongst children of the illiterate and the poor, to go to school
  • An absence of practice and printed workbooks in the Government schools, that are a right of every child
  • Lack of access to colorful storybooks, videos, and interactive multimedia learning content

 Gyantantra aims to help underprivileged children with this Holistic Tech-Based Program using appropriate teaching modules. It offers:

  • Courses for children of 6 years and above till grade VI
  • Includes important lessons from English, Hindi, Mathematics, Value Education and General Studies
  • Incorporates major social issues like sexual abuse & HIV
  • Creates awareness of voting rights and the necessity of basic financial literacy
  • Helps bridge the learning in a short span of time for grown-up children who lost their years by not going to school. Many street children and working-class children learn to get back to mainstream education with the help of technology where human intervention fails to engage them

   This unique virtual teacher was able to:

  • Accelerate the learning process
  • Raise the child’s reading ability to an age-appropriate level
  • Settle the child in an age-appropriate grade at the end of the intervention period
  • Help children operate computers and use technology to learn at their own pace
  • Utilize the computer lab to showcase various documentaries such as financial literacy, life skills workshops and educative presentations

 Impact of Gyantantra Activities in the classrooms 

Pre-assessment was conducted for each child. This included oral and written tests which are for over an hour. The questions ranged from easy to higher grade level competencies. In the current period, pre- assessment for grade III, IV & V level children was conducted across the Govt. schools as well as Literacy India community centers.

 Apart from basic reading and arithmetic ability, attempts were made to measure the children’s ability to understand, express themselves, think critically and solve problems.

 As per the results of the pre-assessment, there is a substantial gap between what they are required to know at a certain age and what they actually do.

 Even school going children are at least two grades below the level of proficiency that they are supposed to be.  In the Base Line (Pre-test), students scored 5%, 9% and 3% respectively in Hindi, Maths & English. In the End line (Post-test) students scored 31%, 40 % & 60% respectively in Hindi, Maths & English.   

 The Pre-Assessment was conducted for 85 students.

         All 85 students secured D Grade in their Pre-Assessment

 After 6 months of teaching, Post Test was conducted for all the students. Some important findings of Post   Test, when compared to the Pre-Assessment, are:

 The number of students in Grade A has increased from 0 to 15 

  • The number of students in Grade B has increased from 0 to 28
  • The number of students in Grade C has increased from 1 to 32
  • The number of students in Grade D has decreased from 85 to 9 
  • A student absent in the Post-test-1 

  The Gyantantra pedagogy has helped:

  • Students to explore their own ideas and build a robust knowledge on all subjects
  • Effective use of technology and intervention for better learning outcomes
  • Both students and teachers feel empowered to use technology in classrooms for better learning
  • Teachers find a way to leverage technology for professional development

 Name: Khushi (Name Changed) Age: 11 Location:  Kolkata

 Khushi is a student of Grade III at Shastri Shiksha Sadan Gyantantra Project. When she was enrolled under the project, her performance was very poor in all subjects. She scored 12 marks out of 100. She was not able to recognize two letters words in English.

 Post 6 months intervention of the Gyantantra Project, her academic performance has improved. She is now able to read and write small English sentences and also solve basic sums of Multiplication and Division.

 Besides the academic performance, now she talks with confidence in class. According to her teacher, earlier she used to hesitate but now her confidence level has increased. She is able to interact and share her thoughts with others. She is also regular and comes very neat and clean to school.

 Khushi, daughter of a shoemaker who earns 100 to 150 rupees per day has dreams for a better education. But Khushi is the only child of her parents. Her mother is a housewife and is doing some order-based work like assembling and packaging toys. She earns 500 rupees per month, which is not sufficient to run their family. Both of her parents want to educate their only child but due to the low income, they cannot afford that. Her parents are also uneducated and so Khushi does not get any support at home Yet this charming girl overcomes all her obstacles.

 Khushi wants to be a police officer in the future.

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SKILL TRAINING ACTIVITY IN PROGRESS
SKILL TRAINING ACTIVITY IN PROGRESS

Literacy India was born in 1996 as a non-profit organization with the objective of educating underprivileged women and children and empowering them to become self-reliant and employable.  

It can rightly be synonymized with three very powerful words: Education, Empowerment and Employment.

 While making quality education available to the marginalized children is at the core of Literacy India’s mission, it is also important to provide this education with a purpose. And that purpose is to make the youth in our communities employable.

 Following this objective, we have been running several employability enhancement programs for our youth under the umbrella vocation training program- Karigari. Karigari focuses on enhancing the employability of members of the communities that we engage with including youth, women, farmers, and tribal communities.

 Vidyapeeth is the core program at Literacy India (LI) which bridges this gap, and aims at making quality education available and affordable to the underprivileged lot. This initiative of LI runs classes up to high school like any other school. The beneficiaries comes from the lowest economic and social strata of the society, and many of them are first generation learners. These children are otherwise likely to be engaged in child labour or other menial labour at a very early age and can never expect to go to a school due to poverty and traditional attitudes.

The curriculum is designed in a way so as to generate and sustain children’s interest in education and their keenness to continue to attend school. This is superimposed with extra-curricular programs, and an experimental educational approach which together span a wider socio-cultural horizon, to capture the interest of these children. Through classroom contacts, excursions, and inspirational interaction with well-known personalities, the program is a learning process in itself. The idea is to enhance the process of overall growth of these children by building character, enabling them to be self-reliant and most of all providing an opportunity to live a childhood that every child deserves. All these activities are carried out by highly motivated, dedicated and qualified teaching staff.

Project-Based Learning approach & Pre-Vocational Skills

 Everyone naturally engages in problem solving. We at Literacy India Vidyapeeth school   use the tools and materials available to us to adapt the environment to meet our needs. The ability to solve problems comes naturally to most. The project approach  “learning by doing”  is grounded in constructivist theory that is shown to improve student achievement in higher level cognitive tasks, such as scientific processes and mathematic problem solving. Students engaged in various project based learning activity & Skill training courses which encouraged children to  think  to pursue  for technology and its related career opportunities.

 Student have been educated to think in different approach to 

  • Reflect
  • Imagine
  • Discover
  • Create
  • Share to others

 The advantage of the program leads children to learnt   

  • Transfer of Knowledge and Skills to Real-World Problems
  • Increased Motivation for Learning
  • Increased interest towards Skill related courses and Job

 The mobile repairing course is designed to build up the capacity of self-employment in the field of mobile handset repairing. The course includes teaching regarding generations of mobile phones, understanding of the components used in mobile handsets, mobile phone hardware troubleshooting (water damage, hang, charging problems, network problems, power failure, keypad problems etc.), installation of software, use of secret codes, PC based diagnostic tools. Students are able to troubleshoot and repair most handsets at the end of the course.

Skills Designing Future Now Tuhid( Name changed) is Mobile Technician at Samsung Care in Gurgaon Location : Gurgoan  

Grade 10th Pass out and Now Mobile Technician at Samsung Care in Gurgaon. Tuhid was student of Literacy India Vidyapeeth. He has learnt mobile repairing while studying in the school. After he passed class 10th he decided to earn from his skill and stated working at local shop near his residence. He has been trained three months additional for Job oriented skills.  He also started looking for job opportunity in service center where he could learn more advance trouble shooting techniques and repairing latest handsets. Finally, his quest for job gets over when he got an interview call from Samsung Care and after his technical round he got his first job in Samsung Care in sec 14 Gurgaon. He is currently earning Rs.16000/- per month and he is continuing his 12th class studies from open school.

As told by Tuhid “Today I am skilled technician & trainer for mobile course & earn a Decent salary. Its possible due to skill training provided to me.

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satya & his classmate
satya & his classmate

Literacy India since 1996 as a non-profit organization had been educating underprivileged women and children, and empowering them to become self-reliant and employable. It can rightly be synonymized with three very powerful words: Education, Empowerment, and Employment.

Vidyapeeth is the core program at Literacy India (LI) which aims at making quality education available and affordable to the underprivileged lot. This initiative of Literacy India runs classes up to high school like any other school. The beneficiaries come from the lowest economic and social strata of the society, and many of them are first generation learners. At Vidyapeeth, the students are provided holistic education by a ‘learning by doing ‘approach using projects and practical training.

While making quality education available to the marginalized children is at the core of Literacy India’s mission, it is also important to provide this education with a purpose. And that purpose is to make the youth in our communities employable.

 Vidyapeeth students selected for a course in Mechatronics by the Kiki Centre for Technology

Satyam and Amarjeet, two students from the Vidyapeeth School, have been selected and given scholarship fee of Rs.4.85 lakh for the three and a half years programme in Mechatronics by the Kiki Centre for Technology.  Acknowledged as one of the best training systems in the World, the Kiki Centre for Technology offers a work-study model, where students learn simultaneously at the institute and also at a company.

Vidyapeeth has always believed in ‘Learning by Doing’ and has been mentoring its students in project-based activities in their areas of interest. Satyam and Amarjeet were selected because of the training they received at Vidyapeeth. Satyam and Amarjeet were inclined towards science education and have been engaged in various project-based learning activities at Vidyapeeth over the years of their study here.  After scoring more than 70% in the entrance test, these children went through various personal interviews before they were selected for the long-term course in Mechatronics.

GlobalGiving Supported Education

We are grateful to GlobalGiving for the support provided for their education at Vidyapeeth. Now, these students have an opportunity to pursue the career of their dreams while also earning during the course of their study. They will grow up to become confident youth who will be able to have a sustainable livelihood.

We thank GlobalGiving again for making a difference in the lives of these capable youth.

Name- Satya (Name Changed) Age- 17 Class X- Vidyapeeth Location- Gurgaon

 Satya Kumar(name changed) is a Class X student at the Literacy India School-Vidyapeeth at Gurugram, Haryana. One of our most talented students, Satya has been with us since Upper KG. 

His family migrated from Bihar 12 years ago. His father works as a gardener, and mother is a helper at a saree shop. He has an older sister and a younger brother.

 A confident, vocal and intellectual student, he excels in academics and loves Science and Maths. He has undertaken vocational training in organic farming and mobile repairing and also helps his father farm on the leased land after school.

 Satya is the leader of “The Ideal Village Project” initiated by Literacy India in Bajghera, Haryana. He has taken up various village issues with the deputy commissioner, with courage and conviction.  As a result of his persistence and hard work, the Bajghera village today has forced the government to address issues like the lack of street lights, garbage bins etc.

 Teaching approach “learning by doing” as told by Ms. Sonika ( name changed)-Science teacher

 Activity supported “learning by doing” has helped students to move beyond their academic learning and has truly enhanced the impact of STEM education.  The Learning approach sparks thinking and creativity amongst the students, enhances student engagement, strengthens communication, and builds on collaboration, so learning can become more effective, relevant, and enjoyable.

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Activity photographs
Activity photographs

Empowering Women entrepreneurs and Communities by skills

While education is at the core of our efforts to bring in greater inclusivity and mainstreaming the marginalized, however enhancing employability and the ability to earn so that children can continue to learn is equally important. We have been running several employability enhancement initiatives covering the youth, women, farmers, tribal communities under our umbrella program, Karigari, since 2002. Till date we have covered more than 15000 people under this program, training them on various skills.

Karigari, focuses on enhancing the employability of members of the communities that we engage with.  Since its launch in 2002, we have trained more than 100,000 people on various vocational skills, in line with their interests to improve their chances of getting employed. Our training modules include,

  •  Computer courses certified by National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (GOI),
  •  Hardware & Mobile Repairing
  •  CNC training/Electrician/AC & Refrigeration
  • CAD Mechanical
  • Driving
  • Stitching, embroidery, recycled paper product making, block printing, tie & die, and making costume jewelry
  •  Beauty & Spa Therapy
  •  Pattal plate manufacturing
  •  Eco/Social-tourism, Home Stay Hospitality
  •  Organic Farming, Vermi Culture & Kitchen Garden
  • Bakery & Cooking
  • General Duty Nursing
  • Candle making
  • E- Mitra

  Need assessment

 An assessment of the local ecosystem is carried out to get an understanding of sustainable livelihood options. The assessment results in a skill gap analysis and the skills that the villagers require tapping the potential market opportunities has been identified. Since wage employment opportunities are limited at the rural level the focus is towards self-employment and entrepreneurship. Group has been formed for business activity with 10 women.

 Creating opportunities

  The opportunities are created in the following manner:

 We conducted a Survey of the area (existing and adjacent) and identify beneficiaries for training. 

  • Step 1: Assess the skills/ training that will be most beneficial to them
  • Step 2:  Training Women in advance product making
  • Step 3: Market explored with Demand  & Supply
  • Step 4: Order & production started
  • Step 5: Delivery & shipping items to market
  • Step 6:  Machine Support & other to continue the  business work

 Impact:

  • Self-steam and empowerment in women through financial independence
  • making the villagers financially independent, and restricting migration.
  • Better social and family living
  • Our Rural Initiative envisages economic inclusion of a village.
  • making the local economy vibrant;
  •  improving the income level of villagers through a focus on locally relevant skills & Work

 Stories from Ground:

 Name: Pushpanjali ( Name changed) Age: 34 Location: Rajasthan

The Story of Pushpanjali is that of a fighter. When we asked her how she had managed to overcome so many obstacles, she proudly replied, “My courage is my capital.”Pushpanjali was born into an extremely poor family, but her emotional strength and presence of mind are impressive. “I desperately wanted to study, but being a girl, and that too from such a poor family, I never got the chance,” she says. Anyhow she managed to study up to 8th class. Married off to a man in Manoharthana village when she was just thirteen, she worked as a daily wage laborer even as she kept having children. Pushpanjali says, “My husband was very lazy and have no permanent work. Job. I wanted to have a stable source of income, especially because we had two children. I realized that if I did not start earning properly soon, my children would suffer just like I did.” Pushpanjali started to discuss with her husband what she can do to support the family. In between, she came in contact with Literacy India center about stitching & cutting course. She enrolled herself and got trained in stitching and cutting. Seeing her dedication and desire, she was enrolled in advance product training and also included in the group of women at the center.The group started to take an order of petticoat, blouse, bags etc. from the market as per availability in the market. Simultaneously working at LI center, She started working at home too. She is earning 2500 to 3000/ month.“Literacy India’s few financial Literacy training was very helpful. But most of all, I met so many women and I knew I was not alone.” Pushpanjali is very proud of her achievements. She is sending her children to good schools as well. 

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Literacy India

Location: Gurgaon, Haryana - India
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Indraani Singh
New Delhi, New Delhi India

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