Today, we live in the age of machines. Technology touches every single part of our lives. It is advancing at a great pace and has been pivotal to the well being and the advancement of man-kind. Digitization is at its peak - one cannot survive without learning to live with technology. Digitization can never be a success unless the fruits borne of these technological advancements benefit every section of the society. VIDYA, with its digital empowerment program, strives to train the communities in the same.
VIDYA hosted its annual TECH FEST in the month of December and January. The fest was a great success as VIDYA was able to find its SUPER 50 - a batch of special students that have knack for technology and can help usher in a new age.The same SUPER 50 will now be given extra support and will be encouraged to participate more in the field of technology. These children are like saplings who are being nurtured by VIDYA to bloom.
When Rashmi Misra was living at the IIT Delhi campus in 1985, she used to see the same five girls from the neighboring slum playing in a stream adjacent to the campus wall. One day, she approached them and asked them why they weren't at school. They looked at each other, then at her, with incredulous expressions, and said, "don't you know girls don't go to school?"
VIDYA started then, in 1985, with Rashmi herself educating these five underprivileged girls in her apartment. Over the last 34 years VIDYA has impacted 3,75,000 people, with centers in Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune. Our goal is ensuring employability and self-sufficiency for each individual whom we serve. Our programs address literacy as multifaceted - encompassing academia, vocational education, mental and physical health, life skills, social awareness, and values.
2018-2019 has been another eventful year with many new beginnings and success stories. Please take a look at our attached annual report to know more about everything we've achieved this year.
Please note that many of the names of our beneficiaries have been changed to protect their privacy, and the rest have been printed with their permission.
VIDYA is addressing the lack of quality education and empowerment opportunities for the lesser privileged children and youth in urban slum communities through holistic education programs. VIDYA runs integrated programs for Beyond School learning, Open School education and employability courses for youth. One of the programs that we run in Mumbai is called the 'Digital Empowerment Program', which is spread across many centers.
The objectives of our digital empowerment project in Mumbai are:
Providing Digital Literacy to children, youth and adults
Creating employment opportunities for youth and young adults through Digital skill development
The Annual Sports Meet of the VIDYA School, Gurugram was held on November 2, 2018 and Ms Vaishali Sinha, Chief CSR, Communications and Sustainability Officer, ReNew Power, honored the event by being our chief guest. The meet commenced with a spectacular march past presentation by all the houses, followed by the torch lighting ceremony. The students displayed their athletic skills and competence by participating in races, jump rope competition and a colorful rendition of yoga and aerobics..
Visit to the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art In November
The students of the Okhla Community Development Project visited the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art with their project head Ms Bandana Agarwal. It was a two day workshop where children explored learning and understanding traditional forms of fine arts like Madhubani and Warli..
Please download the attachment to view the full VIDYA Delhi and Gurgaon newsletter for Nov-Dec 2018.
A great beginning foretells a prosperous progression, and a successful finale to every event! At VIDYA, June is the time when the younger girls who have come to us in their summer vacations are ready to graduate and the housewives who have settled their children back in school after the vacations, start taking admissions. Once again, new faces and entrants begin their momentous journey with us, filling our days with pleasure and joy.
And a warm welcome to the students! We at VIDYA strive to give them an enlightening experience, empowering start and an even more empowering future ahead! We hope that the blooms of the onset of monsoon bring in many cheers and smiles leaving the parched past behind, for them. Thanking Mrs. Rekha Rao, Mali foundation, Semikron, LDSG, Broadcom, AIG, SG, RCI,PWC,Phoenix Market city, Synergy Properties, NIIT, Total Yoga, LawNK and all the loving souls who have made a lasting impression with their art of giving!
Three Cheers to VIDYA, AIG, Swabhimaan, LDSG and PwC ! Their Support made possible the new beginnings at Rajendranagara Community Computer Learning Centre & VIDYA Shakti programme at Anandapura!
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