Kashvi Learning Centres
An Initiative Towards Job-oriented Education
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KASHVI LEARNING CENTRE: An Initiative Towards Job-Oriented Education
Partnering Organization: Youth Invest Foundation, PanIIT Alumini Reach for India (PARFI), Access to Quality Education (A2Q)
Location: Ranchi, Jharkand & Kolkata, West Bengal
Girl education in most parts of rural India is dismal and while enrolment in primary and upper primary may seem significant, the figures drop as we reach the secondary level. The reasons for this are many – poverty, early marriage or simply, a mindset that girl education is futile.
Kashvi Learning Centre (KLC) was set up to ensure that school dropout girls between the ages of 14-24 years receive an education irrespective of age, income level or geographic location. KLC gives them an opportunity to complete their secondary school education through NIOS (National Institute of Open School). As well as receive vocational training that makes them employable and financially independent.
Currently KCTGT has two centres in Mandar and Chanho in rural Jharkhand, where nearly 80 girls have enrolled. We are in the process of setting up three Kashvi Learning Centers, one in Ormanjhi Jharkand and two in Northern Kolkata.
This project spans two-and-a-half years across 3 phases.
Phase 1: Foundation Program: Life Skill Education (LSE)
The WHO has defined Life skill as “the ability for adapative and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.”
Phase 2: Bridge course & NIOS
The bridge course is aimed at bringing the girls upto a level where they are able to successfully complete the NIOS certificate. The teaching method is inclusive and participatory through games, group projects etc. The aim is to learn by doing and not just rote learning.
Phase 3: Vocational Training
After completing the LSE program and/or the NIOS certification the students enrol in a vocational training program, which enables them to get a job and become financially self-reliant.
Each of our partners have extensive experience in their respective fields, and share the same passion in imparting quality education as us.
Access to Quality Education (A2Q): KCTGT has partnered with A2Q, an educational consultancy that uses innovative design to optimize the outcomes of educational initiatives, to create a curriculum that specifically meets the needs of the girls enrolled in Kashvi Learning Center.
Youth Invest: The Youth Invest team has over twenty five years of experience in the field of development, education and healthcare. They are our implementing partners and they work closely with local communities to establish the Kashvi Learning Centres.
PanIIT Alumini Reach for India (PARFI): A group of young IIT-IIM alumini are trying to “create an India where every person has a livelihood that offers him a convenient lifestyle.” PARFI partners with corporates across the globe to discover new blue-collar job opportunities for underprivileged youth, who they train in the relevant fields to fit the candidature. KCTGT has partnered with PARFI to design and teach a vocational training course, at the end of which the girls are placed into a job.
KCTGT Scolarships: KCTGT Establishes Scholarships & Research Awards with Leading Academic Institutions
Partnering Organization: Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology & Indian Institute of Technology-Indian School of Mines (IIT-ISM)
Location: Patiala, Punjab & Dhanbad, Jharkand
KCTGT established the Inder Mohan Thapar Research Awards & Scholarships, in memory of its late founder. Our aim is to create opportunities for deserving students who might not be able to afford a college education and allow universities to recruit the brightest students. Providing access to education through scholarships is increasingly important, as we assist students in realizing their dreams and reaching their fullest potentials.
KCTGT Scholarship: KCTGT has established the Inder Mohan Thapar Scholarship with the Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology where each academic year one deserving student is awarded a scholarship.
KCTGT Research Awards: KCTGT established the Inder Mohan Thapar Research Awards with the Indian Institute of Technology-Indian School of Mines (IIT-ISM) in 2016. Four awards were given to students, along with their mentors, who conduct cutting edge research in their respective fields. Due to the success of the IMTF Research Awards and positive feedback from both faculty and students we have increased the number of awards to six.
Recipients of the IMTF Research Awards 2016
Baisakhi Das and mentor Rima Chatterjee, from the Department of Applied Geophysics, for their research on ‘Wellbore Stability Analysis in Few Oil and Gas Fields in Krishna-Godavari Basin in India’
A.K Chowdhary and mentor Professor S.K Maiti, from the Department of Environmental Science Engineering, for their research on ‘Assessing the Effect of Metal Pollution and Salinity Rise on Mangrove Ecosystem and its Mitigation Means – a Case Study from Sundarbans Biosphere Reserves of India’
P.K. Gautam and mentor A.K Verma, from the Department of Mining Engineering, for their research on ‘Thermo-mechanical Behaviour of Indian Granite and Sandstone for Underground Disposal of High-level Radioactive Waste’
Sunil Kumar and mentor A. Mandal, from the Department of Petroleum Engineering, for their research on ‘Surface and Interfacial Properties of Cationic, Anionic And Non-Ionic Surfactants and their Application in Enhanced Oil Recovery’
BUNDU GURUKUL: From Dropout to International Placement
Partnering Organization: PanIIT Alumini Reach for India (PARFI), CII Ranchi Chapter & NABARD
Location: Bundu, Jharkand
Inaugurated by the State Chief Secretary, R.S. Sharma, on 25th October, 2013, Bundu Gurukul is one of the KCT Group’s earliest CSR initiatives. Every student attending the Gurukul is a school dropout from Bundu, a Naxalite affected area 30 kilometers from Ranchi, and its neighbouring areas.
The Gurukul offers full-time residential vocational training in mechanical engineering, electrical enginnering and plumbing. The duration of each residential program is six months and on completion, each student earns a valid passport and is employed by reputed corporate in the UAE. This initiative has seen over 300 students being employed in the Gulf region.
The program is designed and monitored by PanIIT Alumini Reach for India (PARFI) a social enterprise that is committed to execute and scale self-sustainable business models that enhance incomes of the underprivileged sections.
SHREE GANESH VIDYA MANDIR: A well-rounded Education
Partnering Organization: Nimaya Foundation
Location: Dharavi, Mumbai, Maharashtra ?
When Shree Ganesh Vidya Mandir, Dharavi’s only Marathi-medium primary school, ceased to receive funding from the Zilla Parishad in 2013 owing to financial reallocations, the Nimaya Foundation approached the KCT CSR Team to adopt the school. Together, we defined the objectives for the school as well as parameters to measure the effectiveness of the implemented programs. The primary goal of the school is to provide free quality education that is on par with urban schools, to children belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The quality of education should be such that it enables the smooth transition of a student from a Marathi-medium primary school to a Semi-English medium secondary school. Books and uniforms are provided to all students by the administration.
DIVYA CHAYA TRUST: From destitute to financial independence and self reliance
Partnering Organization: Divya Chaya Trust
Location: New Delhi
Established in 1984 to educate, support and rehabilitate underprivileged children and destitute women, Divya Chaya Trust has touched several thousand lives over the past three decades. From sponsorship of children, running schools in the villages, care homes for children and senior citizens to self-financing craft centres, vocational courses for destitute women, and health care programs for communities, Divya Chaya Trust has truly managed to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.
KALIGHAT MORNING CLUB: Working for a better future
Partnering Organization: Kalighat Morning Club
In 2001 a small group of athletes moved by the plight of street children in Kalighat registered the Kalighat Morning Club. This organisation is based in Chetla, a slum area in Kolkata which has children with big dreams but no financial support to see them through. Kalighat Morning Club gives them a chance by conducting after-school lessons in Computers and English language skills, as well as special training in dance, yoga, singing and sports for children aged 8 to 20 years. The club has also garnered overwhelming support with older children who have found employment volunteering to help younger students.
The Club received further impetus in 2015 with the IMT Foundation establishing nine scholarships to fulfil the dreams of a few young women. The recipients include four young women that pursued their passion and studied dance at the Tanushree Shankar Dance Academy. As well as enabling one beneficiary to complete her Diploma in Social Work from Jadavpur University, a differentially abled young girl enrol for a librarianship course and three girls attend a Primary Teacher’s training course. IMTF also sponsors text books for students studying for the Higher Secondary Course.
FUTURE HOPE SCHOOL: Giving the homeless a path to follow
Partnering Organization: Future Hope School
Future Hope has changed the lives of some of the most deprived children from the streets and slums of Kolkata via its homes, schools and medical programs. Founded in 1987 in Kolkata by Tim Grandage, this charitable organisation provides accommodation to children between 5 to 19 years and offers education from Kindergarten to Class 12 (A level equivalent), both to children residing in the homes as well as day scholars from slums in the vicinity. Besides academics, students of the school are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities to broaden their horizons and foster talents. Post schooling, Future Hope helps the young adults transition into the next phase of their lives, namely, higher education, training or paid employment.