IDEA is implementing various programmes to address the developmental issues among disadvantaged communities; focusing on minimising the school dropout rate of slum children.
According to UNESCO, as of 2010, 61 million children of primary school age and another 71 million of lower secondary school age were still out of school.
We started out in 2003 by identifying children living in the resettlement slums of Pune in western India. We engaged with 56 children to ensure they return to school and complete their education. Our Play and Learn Centre prepares them for formal schooling with the help of poems, games and activities to bridge the gap between their learning level and that of regular school-going children. We also provide children with school bags, notebooks and other stationery.
By offering women and older children 3-6 month training courses in areas such as beauty therapy and tailoring, we hope to give them a better chance at gaining proper employment. Furthermore, we provide both English speaking and social skill classes, so as to make it easier for the deprived to integrate into mainstream society.