Education  India Project #11151

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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
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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ACTIVITY IN PROGRESS LI
ACTIVITY IN PROGRESS LI

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
  • Driving
  • Stitching, embroidery, recycled paper product making, block printing, tie & die, and making costume jewellery
  • 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

 Project Undertaken this Quarter has been unique in nature, that is teaching & skilling students about the basics of Mobile phone repairing.  Some of the key components that  learnt by this course included: Identifying various components of a mobile phone, Fault finding and troubleshooting of faults, Identify & repairing faults related to battery, mic, speaker, connectors, antenna, display, network, camera and bluetooth functions, Understand both the hardware and software components of a mobile phone, Practical procedures for safety and health hazards.

 Activities Undertaken during period

  • Selection of Candidates
  • Aptitude Test
  • Mapping & assessing the existing skills among youth beneficiaries in computers.
  • Syllabus / Module
  • Preparation of Lesson Plans for each Module
  • Besides Regular Classes, Professional Volunteers Support
  • Session for Business set up / Capital / Loan
  • Need analysis of market and Customers by Candidate
  • Set up shop in the community

 Curriculum & Learning material

 The program covered both hardware and software repairs. The training started from basic knowledge of electronics and up to advanced troubleshooting of problems.  A candidate has been provided in-depth training with practical experience on all major topics. After completing our mobile repairing course, the trainee is easily able to repair both GSM and CDMA smartphones.

 Its helping trainees to make a career in it either by working as a technician at a service centre or by setting up his own mobile phone repair business.

 Topics covered in our mobile repairing course 

  • How to use various tools and equipment
  • Disassembling and assembling of various mobile phone models
  • Study of parts of a mobile handset
  • Checking of various parts and components
  • Study of motherboard
  • Study of circuit diagrams of various models
  • Explanation of various ICs (chips)
  • Replacing of ICs
  • How to solder and desolder
  • Jumpering techniques
  • Replacing ports, connectors, switches, etc.
  • Replacing cracked screens and LCDs
  • Software installation.
  • Unlocking of various handsets
  • Diagnosing and troubleshooting of faults

 Salient features of our mobile phone repair course

  • Training is provided by experienced instructors
  • Training starts with basic electronics
  • More emphasis on practical training
  • Well maintained lab with latest tools and equipment
  • Certificate of completion of course
  • Free technical support

 Outcome :

Neeraj is able to offer a professional service to ensure that your phone gets fixed without any hassles. He is able to use all the latest tools and equipment’s to carry out repairs. He is also able to repair all brands of smartphones including iPhone, Samsung, Sony, Motorola, Microsoft, LG, etc.

 Neeraj is able to learn & Repair 

  • Dead handsets
  • Water damaged phones
  • Broken screens
  • Signal related issues
  • Charging issues
  • Corrupt Software
  • Speaker / Microphone Faults
  • Dropped or physically damaged handsets
  • Flashing and upgrading of the operating system.

 Name: Neeraj Location: Delhi India

Neeraj always wears a warm smile on his face and had no vision for a career after grade X exam. His father is a labourer and thus the financial condition of the family is miserable at the ever-increasing expensive economy & lack of resources proved a hindrance in continuation of his studies.

Neeraj has been counselled to join a skill training program offered by Literacy India. He joined the course along with other classmates. Few drop out mid of course, but he continued till course completion. After completion of course, he has been providing guidance to set up Shop in the community along one computer set along soft loan to start the business.

Neeraj is running the shop successfully and earning Rs.200 to 300/ day. He is today a much-satisfied individual. Suraj pays the credit to Literacy India and feels that now he has a track of his future. LI wishes him all the best for future and hopes to see him working hard to realize his dreams.

As told by Neeraj “ I never thought that I will be skilled and will be an owner of a shop” Now I am self-dependent and I feel privileged from my other community mates.” 

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Project Photographs
Project Photographs

Karigari helps to improve the status of women / Youth in society by providing them with livelihood options through vocational training in different areas, based on beneficiaries’ preferences and aptitude:

  • Computer literacy allows beneficiaries to have careers in IT related fields like BPO Centers, Data Processing Units and lately in UID centers etc especially at our centers in the cities like Delhi, Gurgaon & Kolkata and creating entrepreneurs. 
  • Stitching, Embroidery, Beauty Culture, Block Printing, Tie & Die etc  allows beneficiaries to gain employment in the garment industry or set up their own stitching and tailoring units. 
  • Vocational training in driving allows beneficiaries to have careers as drivers in automobile, transport and travel industry or seek self-employment as professional drivers
  • Community based skills- Home stay, kitchen gardening, Organic farming empowering beneficiaries to sustain in their community.

 Creating opportunities

 The opportunities are created in the following manner:

  • Step 1: We conduct a Survey of the area (existing and adjacent) and identify beneficiaries who can come and access the centre’s services
  • Step 2: Assess the skills/ trainings that will be most beneficial to them

Beneficiaries with an aptitude and basic understanding of painting are identified for Art and Craft training. A module has designed and the training is imparted by people with experience and expertise.

We focus on Abstract design, fine arts and tribal paint. We try and enhance their knowledge and capability through exposure visits and design making workshops.

The students who excel are introduced to different organizations for work. Few are also absorbed by Indha (Literacy India’s unit).

We also have workshops on organic Color making workshop tribal Art & Paint for the tribal youth as well as for the artisans involved in mask making.

Process of creating new designs and multi-design catalogues is introduced to artisans.

 Stories from Ground:

Name :  Ajay ( Name Changed)   Age  :26       Location : West Bengal

Human culture is produced and reproduced by interaction of man with the environment. Culture becomes resource when it meets the needs of man. Folk art tradition has continuously been recreated from one generation to another due to change in livelihood options and perception of aesthetic environment. In this way, the folk-art tradition becomes a resource and helps in sustaining livelihood of people. Among the various regional masked folk dances of West Bengal, Purulia Chhau dance of Purulia Distict is characterized by the most elegant and gorgeous masks. These masks have gradually gained popularity as a separate work of art.

26 years young Ajay  was born and brought up in Chorida village, in very weak economic circumstances. His family has been making masks for the Purulia Chhau dnace for the last many years. A full size decorated mask costs around Rs. 3000 -3500. But increasing costs of the raw materials, poor marketing, middleman, lack of any government intervention are some of the main factors which bring down the profit percentage. Hence, chhau mask-makers have to rely on making other decorative masks which can be used as wall hanging.

Literacy India intervened and provided training to the youth of the community, on “ORGANIC COLOR COMBINATION WORKSHOP“, with the aim to reduce the cost of acrylic color they use. They have also been provided with a multi-design catalogue of masks, to help them work on new designs.

Ajay has passed higher secondary from a local school. He is ambitious and has a desire to learn Photoshop for better design work in future.  He designs masks and has been successful in improving thr household income, post his training with Literacy India.

Now, Ajay is also invited to set up stall in different fairs, festivals and exhibitions as well as participate in competitions throughout the year. These opportunities have helped him maintain a certain level of sustainable livelihood. Ajay is currently earning Rs. 8000- 10,000/- per month.  

Karigari helps to improve the status of women / Youth in society by providing them with livelihood options through vocational training in different areas, based on beneficiaries’ preferences and aptitude:

  • Computer literacy allows beneficiaries to have careers in IT related fields like BPO Centers, Data Processing Units and lately in UID centers etc especially at our centers in the cities like Delhi, Gurgaon & Kolkata and creating entrepreneurs. 
  • Stitching, Embroidery, Beauty Culture, Block Printing, Tie & Die etc  allows beneficiaries to gain employment in the garment industry or set up their own stitching and tailoring units. 
  • Vocational training in driving allows beneficiaries to have careers as drivers in automobile, transport and travel industry or seek self-employment as professional drivers
  • Community based skills- Home stay, kitchen gardening, Organic farming empowering beneficiaries to sustain in their community.

 

Creating opportunities

 

The opportunities are created in the following manner:

  • Step 1: We conduct a Survey of the area (existing and adjacent) and identify beneficiaries who can come and access the centre’s services
  • Step 2: Assess the skills/ trainings that will be most beneficial to them

Beneficiaries with an aptitude and basic understanding of painting are identified for Art and Craft training. A module has designed and the training is imparted by people with experience and expertise.

We focus on Abstract design, fine arts and tribal paint. We try and enhance their knowledge and capability through exposure visits and design making workshops.

The students who excel are introduced to different organizations for work. Few are also absorbed by Indha (Literacy India’s unit).

 

We also have workshops on organic Color making workshop tribal Art & Paint for the tribal youth as well as for the artisans involved in mask making.

Process of creating new designs and multi-design catalogues is introduced to artisans.

 Stories from Ground

Name :  Ajay ( Name Changed)   Age  :26    Location : West Bengal

 Human culture is produced and reproduced by interaction of man with the environment. Culture becomes resource when it meets the needs of man. Folk art tradition has continuously been recreated from one generation to another due to change in livelihood options and perception of aesthetic environment. In this way, the folk-art tradition becomes a resource and helps in sustaining livelihood of people. Among the various regional masked folk dances of West Bengal, Purulia Chhau dance of Purulia Distict is characterized by the most elegant and gorgeous masks. These masks have gradually gained popularity as a separate work of art.

26 years young Ajay  was born and brought up in Chorida village, in very weak economic circumstances. His family has been making masks for the Purulia Chhau dnace for the last many years. A full size decorated mask costs around Rs. 3000 -3500. But increasing costs of the raw materials, poor marketing, middleman, lack of any government intervention are some of the main factors which bring down the profit percentage. Hence, chhau mask-makers have to rely on making other decorative masks which can be used as wall hanging.

Literacy India intervened and provided training to the youth of the community, on “ORGANIC COLOR COMBINATION WORKSHOP“, with the aim to reduce the cost of acrylic color they use. They have also been provided with a multi-design catalogue of masks, to help them work on new designs.

Ajay has passed higher secondary from a local school. He is ambitious and has a desire to learn Photoshop for better design work in future.  He designs masks and has been successful in improving thr household income, post his training with Literacy India.

Now, Ajay is also invited to set up stall in different fairs, festivals and exhibitions as well as participate in competitions throughout the year. These opportunities have helped him maintain a certain level of sustainable livelihood. Ajay is currently earning Rs. 8000- 10,000/- per month.  

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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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