Our Vision: To be a catalyst for 100% literacy in India
Our Mission: To empower every individual we serve with functional literacy and an understanding of their basic rights and responsibilities.
Our Projects: Since its inception ILP has supported nearly 100 projects across 17 different states of India. We are working in over 850 villages benefitting around 220,000 people. Read about our active projects here.
Our Philosophy: ILP supports education and literacy projects predominantly in the rural and remote areas across various states of India. Our philosophy is to work with people of all age-groups and to empower the local communities.
The scope of our projects includes one or more of the below:
1.Enrollment of out-of-school children
2.Retention of children in school
3.Non-formal education programs for children and youth who cannot go to school
4.Supplemental methods to improve quality of learning
5.Life coping skills and livelihood training for young adults
6.Functional literacy and livelihood training for adults
Our Execution Strategy: To successfully execute to our vision, mission and projects philosophy, we have adopted a 'four-pillar strategy'.
ILP Projects - Four-Pillar Strategy
• Project for one or more age-groups aligning with our philosophy
• Project typically covers a few villages
• Multiple age-groups addressed through integrated literacy programs
• Project typically covers 25+ villages
• Campaign for Government policy change related to education, child rights and good governance
• Partner with other NGOs and civil society networks
• Develop a knowledge hub of our learning
• Share with other non-profits, partner NGOs, government / school administrators, and the community
Our Execution Methodology
- Partner with local experts (NGOs) for project implementation (Scalability)
- We partner with local NGOs through a comprehensive evaluation and monitoring process. Region specific expertise of the local NGOs enables a credible start and speedy results
- We utilize regional external consultants to augment our project mentoring and reviews
- We directly support capacity building of our partners and their staff
- Mobilize the Community (Sustainability)
- We use street plays, enrollment campaigns, summer camps, etc to stimulate community involvement
- We activate and guide existing social structures and statutory bodies such as Village Education Committees (VECs), Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs), School Management Committees (SMCs), mothers' committees, youth groups, child rights clubs and self help groups
- We empower the community to take ownership of issues
- Leverage the Government (Efficiency)
- We enable efficient use of government's significant spend on education
- We enable convergence with Government schools versus building parallel education systems. This approach provides a very high efficiency in our large scale projects
- Use diverse implementation methods (Intervention Toolkit)
- Enrollment in Government Schools: Many children in India never join school or drop out of school. In every village, government typically provides an early child care center (anganwadi), a primary school and a high school (shared between villages). In our projects where government schools are available, we focus on enrolling/re-enrolling children in those schools.
- Convergence through Bridge Schools: When children need additional schooling before they can join government schools, our projects support residential / non-residential "bridge schools" that specifically help to acquire basic learning competencies to enter age-appropriate classes.
- Convergence through Non-Formal Education Centers: In remote India where Government schools do not exist or are inaccessible, we establish temporary non-formal education centers. We then empower community to work with the government to establish government schools in these areas.
- Retention in Schools: We have learned that enrolling children into schools becomes a futile effort unless we prevent drop-outs and address the low learning levels. We accomplish this by:
- Providing additional teachers, learning/teaching toolkits to the schools
- Providing supplementary teaching for school-going children
- Providing scholarships to needy children
- Getting community involved in managing their schools
- Life Skills Education: We provide life skills education to young people that have a right to develop their full potential as human beings and citizens. Through our projects, they learn appropriate skills to enhance their individual capacity and productivity.
- Adult Literacy with Livelihood Options: For non-literate adults, we provide inputs based on life skills and functional literacy themes, linked to their livelihood, skills and enhancing quality of life
- ILP has an extended network of volunteers, professionals and supporters in the US and India.
- ILP's social work professionals mentor, monitor and evaluate our projects in India.
- Our partners employ qualified staff to implement our projects on the ground.
- Our volunteers organize events across various chapters to raise funds for our projects.