The education system in India lays more emphasis on rote learning, memorizing the textbook and passing exams rather than developing critical thinking, problem solving and rational inquisitiveness among the children. The educational framework needs to recognize the “holistic” nature of knowledge and respond accordingly. Education for tomorrow must hone the children’s ability to become a co-creator of knowledge rather than being just a passive receiver. The need of the hour is to transform schools into spaces that maximize learning.
Indeed has developed an effective programme for holistic development of schools. Our Learning for Empowerment and Development Programme (LEAD) helps schools successfully improve their educational outcomes. We work together with teachers, the community and school administration to ensure that students receive a high-quality education. LEAD helps students improve their subject proficiency, critical thinking skills and behavioural competencies. The better quality of education being provided in school also impacts student attendance and student enrolment levels.
India is set to become the world's youngest population by 2020, with an average age of 29 years and 64% of the total population the working age. But only 5% of the workforce in India is currently formally skilled, leaving the vast majority of youth without the skills, knowhow or networks to enter the workforce. This leads to large scale unemployment or under-employment, even as industries are unable to fill their job vacancies
Development of vocational skills among the youth and weaker sections of society is necessary in helping them attain sustainable livelihoods. Our skill development program focuses on equipping the people in industry & geography relevant skills across a broad range of trades and sectors.Some of the sectors that our skill development program covers are banking & finance,construction,hospitality,healthcare,retail & textile. The programs are usually 2-3 months long with rigorous training sessions covering theoretical as well as practical knowledge of the trades. The curriculum that the trainees go through is in line with the National Skill Development Council (NSDC).The program also focuses on providing the trainees with livelihood opportunities and supporting them in starting their own enterprises.
The number of deaths caused due to road accidents has been increasing sharply over the years in India. With the increase in the population and urbanization, cities are more prone to road accidents. This is made worse by the ever increasing vehicle numbers which leads the roads more congested.
Road Accident is one of the leading cause for deaths in India. To address the issue, InDeed has developed a road safety program that addresses the 4Es to target, namely: Education- Creating awareness on the issue of road safety among the general public and school children by using digital, audio visual as well as offline methods
Enforcement- Strengthening the enforcement agencies by providing them training on issues related to road safety, helping them develop a linkage for faster emergency response and provide insights into specific locations in their area that are accident prone.
Emergency or first responders- The first responders program works to create an emergency task force to and provide emergency training to them
Engineering- This element of the road safety program works on identifying shortcomings in road and traffic management system in the selected locations and then engage with the relevant govt. agencies to correct the same.
Lack of quality and on-time healthcare facilities has been a major problem in rural India with poor people suffering the most. A huge number of deaths can be avoided if health services are given on time. Awareness regarding health issues also seems to be low which can be attributed to poor educational status, functional literacy on the subject and of the existing health system.
InDeed works in creating awareness and increasing access and availability of healthcare services in the country. Our healthcare programs help the communities adopt better health practices in their daily lives.
The program addresses the issue of child malnutrition and its ill effects on the overall well being of child. As apart of this program, we work to detect & diagnose malnutrition and take necessary steps to provide treatment.
Another aspect of our healthcare programs is conducting general and specialized health camps that reach out to people in the remotest of areas of the country.
Our financial literacy program aims to educate and create awareness among the socially and economically weaker sections of the society who may not have access and knowledge of the financial services. Through the program, the beneficiaries are empowered to take better and more informed financial decisions which help reduce inequalities faced by them. As part of the program they go through a module led training sessions covering basic and complex topics such as opening a bank account, using financial services & products, saving options, budgeting practices, credit and debt, microfinance and much more. Our Financial Literacy for Youth Program (FLY) is specially created for school children who are going to be part of the financial system in the future. The program aims to introduce and educate them to the financial structure. They are taken through digital or offline modules with separate content for primary and secondary classes. The learning of the children is assessed through a pre and post test after they’ve gone through the training sessions.
Women continue to be excluded in social, economic and political domains, which shows the inadequate attention towards inclusive growth and unequal gender relations. India ranks a lowly 127 out of 187 countries in the gender inequality index. Though efforts are being made to reduce this parity, efforts still need to be made, specially in the area of vocational training, life skill and financial literacy.
InDeed has been working towards contributing to women empowerment by lifting their socio-economic condition and enabling them to be active members of the society. Through our women empowerment initiatives, we try to develop confidence, leadership and skills in women. As a part of the program, the women are educated on financial aspects of starting a business, marketing and expansion of their already existing business and developing new skills. They are also linked to formal finance institutions and provided market linkages for their respective businesses. It is made sure that the businesses that the women are involved in cater to the needs to the rural people so that the business stays relevant and sustainable in the long run.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
The condition of sanitation and public health services in the country is poor and is a leading cause for spread of communicable diseases. The situation is particularly bad in the rural parts of the country.
Our program on WaSH aims to improve the situation by creating awareness around better sanitation and hygiene practices using Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) methods and enhancing the infrastructure linked to sanitation and public health. The program focuses on sensitizing the community and the younger generation in schools by activities & sessions on sanitation, cleanliness, and hygiene.
Availability of toilets is another issues that is addressed by the program. Toilets for schools and community are built in collaboration with the local authorities. Along with this, maintenance and upkeep work is also an integral part that helps the community continue with their better WaSH practices.