Foundation Initiatives in Development and Education for All (IDEA) was established to make education more accessible and wide spread for underprivileged children. IDEA works towards reducing the number of school dropouts amongst underprivileged children. It is supported by a team of experienced social workers and qualified social scientists and its reach today extends to more than 2,000 children in areas of Laminagar, Uttamnagar, Ramnagar, and etc. in Pune district.
Another important focus area at IDEA is the emancipation of women and it has partnerships with various donor organizations.
Learning Centres: IDEA has 25 Learning centres (16 Play & Learn centres & 9 study centres) in Pune & Bhor areas which cater to the educational and overall developmental needs of 626 primary & middle school children making their educational foundation strong. The out-of-school children are identified and enrolled in play & learn centres and eventually in school to channelize them into the main stream. Focus is on activity based learning to create enthusiasm in children towards education.
Sponsorship Program: Educational sponsorship in the form of school materials, uniform/civil dress, school and coaching class fees and opportunities for their all-round development through co-curricular activities is provided to needy and deserving children from class III to class XII. In FY15, 315 children received aid and donation in kind through IDEA. Additionally, 48 children from 4 schools in Haweli Taluka were given school material. The Program is supported by GiveIndia, Godparent foundation, Global Giving, Caring Friends, Trent Ltd. and some individual donors.
Skill Development Program: Skill Development was under taken by IDEA to provide opportunities for better livelihood to youngsters & women who are underemployed/unemployed or working in unskilled sectors. Skill Development Program includes two activities - Art & Craft and vocational training in tailoring, fashion designing, nursing, retailing, computer courses and as beauticians. The vocational course durations vary from 4-6 months. The training centres are located at 4 places (2 in Pune & 2 in Bhor. Training is provided in different trades and in arts and craft to women and young girls.