Celebrating International Womens' Day
Aide et Action – AEA works with a vision of “a world where dignity is ensured for all men, women and children through education the lever for human development”
To achieve this vision, AEA ensures meaningful education for all, especially the disadvantaged and marginalized by addressing the inadequacies of the education system and also focusing on other social concerns like health, poverty, hunger, migration, livelihoods, disaster and HIV/AIDS which adversely affect education of children. AEA intervenes through adopting the values of Liberty, Respect, Solidarity, Equity, Integrity and respect for local culture and wisdom.
In India, before reaching 10th Standard 63% of children drop out from school due to various reasons. Most of these children are from Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, religious minorities, esp. Muslims, Persons with disabilities (PWDs), and backward communities from the remote rural areas of the poorest regions of India. Once they get dropped out they do not have any opportunity for skill development and finally they land up in unorganized sector for employment with low wages and lack of social security coverage. With that there is a huge demand for skilled and trained manpower in the market especially infrastructure and service sectors. The vocational education system and other avenues are not designed to suit the current market oriented demand, they produce only 3.1 million workforces against the demand of 12.8 million workforces per year of the market. The Government of India recognizes the need to increase access to and improve the quality of vocational education and training in the country.
In order to strengthen the initiatives of government of India and also to address the skill development needs of the marginalized sections of the society in the target areas, AEA has promoted iLEAD (Initiative for Livelihood Education And Development) program in the year 2005 to enhance the employability and entrepreneurship skills among youth in the age group of 18-35 years through short term accelerated skill trainings in new and various emerging occupations. iLEAD is highly sensitive to market demand and takes up only those employable trades which have demand in the local market. The training curriculum is also designed in consultation with the local business establishments and enterprises. This not only ensures a match between the market or industry expectations and the skills of the trainee but also helps in getting them entry level jobs easily. iLEAD offers in depth training on basic concepts, practical sessions, personality development, spoken English, basic computer skills, apprenticeship, guest lectures and on the job training. The trainees are provided regular interface with industries and offered assistance with pre and post placement support. At present, AEA India runs 100 iLEAD centres covering 18 states & one union territory of India. Till now we have trained over 160881 marginalised youth of which 39% are women and provided employment to more than 121435 youth in India, Sri Lanka and Nepal.
Major Highlights of iLEAD Programme so far
- Since 2005, maximum 120 iLEAD centers were functional in the year 2010 and at present 81 centers are active with a capacity of 332 trainers of which 107 are women faculties. Out of the total 73 centers are in India and 3 in Nepal and 5 in Sri Lanka
- A total of 167208 youth have been trained till August 2013. iLEAD placed 125992 of which 48185 are women benefeciaries. Considering the social category of youth trained, iLEAD has benefitted 23.3 percent of SC youth, 10.55 percent of ST youth and 33.77 percent and 4.99 of youth from OBC and minorities respectively.
- High rates of placement (sustained placement rate of 76 per cent)
- Short duration (3-4 months) of technical inputs (theory and practical), on-the-job training and life skills development training
- Course curriculum designed by experts with inputs from potential employers
Innovations carried out at iLEAD Centers
Alumni Association and Experience Sharing
Alumni association are formed for regular interaction with the passed out candidates. This forum act as an interface between the current / potential candidates and successfully passed out candidates. The alumni association shares their experiences to help further evolve/ develop the curriculum as well as provide guidance to the current/ potential candidates. Besides the alumni association are also a source for appropriate placements of future batches.
Exchange of knowledge ----Gossip Circle for Empowerment, GCE
Gossip Circle has been part of the training programme which improved trainees’ personality and communication thereby enhancing the knowledge and information on these suggested topics and a sensitization on social issues. This activity augmented the interest of youths in social issues which enabled them to invest a few hours to knowledge sharing and sensitization with community every week.
Exposure visits/ weekly attachments
Apart from the regular class room training, exposure visits have been arranged for the students to the trade related industries so as to make the students aware of the basic knowledge of their future work field before completion of the course. In some of the centers the concept of weekly attachments every month has also been introduced where students were attached with the concerned sector business establishments to give the students a fair understanding of what kind of work they will be involved in after completion of the training programme, its scope and challenges therein in order to equip them with proper preparedness to face the future challenges.
iLEAD as a resource centre
iLEAD centres have been gradually developed into the resource centres where the service is extended to neighboring community by providing computer education to primary school children, organizing sensitization programmes in the villages on women empowerment, girl child education, gender equity etc.
Organizing awareness program
In iLEAD youth are encouraged to participate in various awareness program like observing National pollution prevention day, AIDS awareness day, World disability day etc . Also many major blood donation camps have been organized in iLEAD where good units of blood have been donated by these youth.Many iLEAD centres have volunteered in different campaign organized for differently abled children and orphan children at state and district level.