Literacy India’s Key Projects
LI believes in innovative pedagogy in order to retain the children within the purview of education. The organization is running the following programs:
- Jagrukta (Awareness programs)
- Vidyapeeth (Non- formal School program)
- Pathshala (Bridge course, School mainstreaming and Supplementary Tuition program)
- Gurukul (Pvt/Public School Sponsorship program)
- Karigari (Vocational Training)
- Shiksharth (Creative development) program.
Vidyapeeth: A non-formal school which runs classes from LKG- 10 Grade at village Bajghera, Haryana. This school has more than 700+ children.
Pathshala: This was our first project in 1996. Under this project we undertake remedial classes for school going children and also help children who do not attend regular school to get into mainstream education. A stepping-stone to the mainstream learning process, here a child can spend just 2-3 hours a day to learn the basics. Pathshala caters to 3500 children/youth (in the age group of 6-18 years) across various states of India on a daily basis.
Gurukul: Supports meritorious students who show an inclination for continued education and desire to receive mainstream English education. We sponsor their education at public schools such as Rotary Public School, St Soldier School and Mount School by meeting the entire cost of their education. Under this project we also support students who wish to pursue vocational courses such as fashion designing, interior designing and even MBA. We have recently tied up with Rai Foundation who are sponsoring professional education for girls passing out from higher secondary classes. This project has many individual donors and Corporate sponsors like PVR Nest, Gyan Jyoti charitable trust, OSC, Encore Capital, American Express, HSBC & Charities Aid Foundation, India, UK & America.
Gyantantra Digital Dost: This project is to empower the children with ICT- Information Communication and Technology and mainstream them into academics. Gyantantra combines practical, intellectual and social skills so that children can grasp easily. Gyantantra is a composite learning module for the children till class V, and uses a systematic instructional approach using a variety of teaching strategies. It has a structured curriculum, innovative textbook and Value education. This tool also enables us to measure and documents the outcome through minimum Learning Levels.
Karigari project empowers women and youth in society by providing them with livelihood options through vocational training in the areas, based on beneficiaries’ preferences and aptitude:
- Computer literacy will allow 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.
- Stitching, Embroidery, Beauty Culture, Block Printing, Tie & Die etc will allow beneficiaries to have employment in the garment industry or set up their own stitching and tailoring units. Vocational training in driving will allow beneficiaries to have careers as drivers in automobile, transport and travel industry or seek self-employment as professional drivers .
- As part of the Karigari project, scores of women have been trained in Karigari Janani till date. It has already been implemented in the 21 centres across India. Centres in West Bengal, AP & Bangalore, were started with the help of Godfrey Phillips India and United Way grant. This helped assess the need of the community, acceptance of the program and its results and impact. The model can be replicated across India.