With 34 million residents, Delhi is the world’s second most populous city. It is the capital city of India, and as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it boasts of a unique history and culture. Nonetheless the city also includes over a hundred villages within its administrative borders. Large slums were created when people from the hinterland migrated to the city, which was not prepared for such an influx of people.
On the other hand, two decades ago, Gurugram, so-called “Millenium City” now, near Delhi, was just farmland. Now it is the centre of India’s outsourcing goldrush. And it’s thinking even bigger. The farmers’ and the migrant workers children in dusty villages and communities no longer want to work the land. For them, software engineering is the new occupation of choice.
While these communities are largely unlettered, they are determined and hardworking. Given good education and the right facilities, they dream their children are also capable of achieving anything. The dream is not as far-fetched as it seems.
VIDYA has been helping these communities as an NGO for thirty-five years. We believe that they can be empowered to become models for sustainability and prosperity to the rest of the country.
How VIDYA reforms education for the underprivileged children?
Learning from Fundamentals
The key to reforming education for the underprivileged lies in first going back to basics. Understanding the term ‘underprivileged’ and comprehending the socio-economic background of the underprivileged is an absolute necessity.
Free education, along with a mid-day meal is not enough to make education attractive.
These children yearn to learn. Through a combination of informal education, skill development, co-curricular activities and regular meals, these children can build a solid foundation and can then merge into formal systems of education.
It is only by covering multiple verticals that the underprivileged can be aided.
Sustainability is not an option or a choice any more, it is the basis of survival of life itself.
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
VIDYA equips children, their parents and nearby communities of all age groups with the knowledge, skills and means to maintain their overall health.
Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning
VIDYA works to improve the quality of education in India with our mission educate, empower and transform. For the past 35 years, we focus on holistic learning to all our beneficiaries (children, youth and women) and highly supports girls and women to complete secondary school with the life skills they’ll need to succeed in school and beyond.
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Educating and empowering girls has always been a priority at VIDYA and empowering women by equipping them with knowledge and skills through literacy and vocational training programs that enables self awareness, self reliance and economic freedom. Our experience has shown us that, when women with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities to overcome poverty, marginalisation and social injustice.