IDEA Foundation runs 22 ‘ Play and Learn centers ‘ for children from 1st to 4th standard children and 9 Study centers for children from 5th to 7th standard in Pune, Bhor, Bopkhel and in Jambulpada. The objective of play and learn cenre is to make the education foundation strong and to make learning interesting for children from marginalised communities. To inculcate regular study habit in bigger children and to assist them in studies, we run study centres, where our teachers help them in their studies, identify their difficulties and give specialised coaching whenever required and also provide career guidance to them. These classes are helpful to reduce the number school dropout from these communities.
The IDEA study centre at Indiranagar community, in Pune is running successfully from the last 3 years. Many children from backward community are enrolled in this centre. Sakshi, belongs to a very poor family where education of the children was not given priority.
For children from her community, it is very difficult to continue education because of frequent migration of their families in search of job. Sakshi could not attend regular school and so she was far behind in academics and so was not much interested in attending schools. When IDEA started this study centre in Indira Nagar, we enrolled her in 5th standard in a nearby school and motivated her to attend regular school with our educational support. Her parents were also given awareness about the importance of education. With IDEA sponsorship program, they could afford to send her to school and they have decided to educate all their 4 children at least till 12th. She is coming to IDEA study centre regularly since last 1 year. She likes to participate in various activities conducted in our centre and she is also given remedial coaching for the classes she missed.
Her parents are grateful to IDEA for supporting them with child’s educational needs.