Vidya & Child works with the mission to help bridge the gap for those children who need education and have no access to the facilities for learning existing in our society.
Vidya & Child reaches out to children who belong to socio-economically marginalised sections of society, majority of them have parents who are illiterate/ semi-literate and work as domestic servants, industrial workers, rickshaw-pullers, street vendors, plumbers and carpenters.
Vidya & Child started with 2 children and now works with over 1200 children across 5 locations through its non formal and after school support centres. There are over 200 children who have been mainstreamed into formal schools and over 30 children have finished Class XII and are all pursuing higher studies. We now cater to four different communities through our centres in Sector 37, Sector 130 & Sector 62 in Noida and a centre in Siwan, Bihar. We have another centre coming up soon in Sector 49, Noida.
Stories of Change
Vivek Singh, 19 years, 2nd Year Engineering, NIT Rourkela
Vivek today is a picture of confidence, motivated and focused on his goal.
He joined Vidya & Child in 2004 in Class VI. Perceiving his potential and positive attitude, the organisation advised his parents to change his school. In 2006 he then was admitted to another school in Class VIII where he could spread his wings wider. The competitive and positive environment of the new school helped him to become more confident and set his own goals.
He secured 85% marks in Class X - CBSE Board. attended FIITJEE’s weekend classes to prepare for Engineering Entrance Examinations and today is pursuing a 5 year M. Sc. Integrated course in Electronics & Communication from NIT, Rourkela. He is in his second year of engineering.
Vivek has learnt Painting & Tabla by professional artists in our Arts & Performing Arts Program (A&PA). His painting too was exhibited in the painting exhibition titled “Warriors of Light” held at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi in the years 2007 and 2008. He has also played 'tabla' on various occasions and enjoys writing poems in Hindi.
Sashmita Nayak, 19 years, 3rd year Engineering, MGM Engineering College, Greater Noida
Sashmita has always been a delight and joy for everyone - be it family, teachers or friends. An intelligent, focused and committed student, she has always been an achiever. Not only academics, her varied interests include dramatics, singing, anchoring, debates and dancing to name a few. She leaves a mark on the path she treads on.
To provide her with better growth opportunities, Vidya & Child admitted her to another mainstream school in Class VIII. She is an accomplished public speaker and has anchored many of our Annual Day functions.
Alongside, she is also very sensitive - always ready to lend a helping hand. Today she is a picture of confidence with a string of ‘wins’. She has indeed done us proud.
She is pursuing third year engineering and aspires to be a Software programmer.
A Poem written by Sashmita
People pray to God for boys,
Not for girls,
Blessings of elders are for a male,
Not for a female.
Parents love and take more care of boys
But not girls.
When they want courage,
They pray to Goddess Durga.
When they want wealth,
They call upon Goddess Lakshmi.
When they want education,
They pray to Goddess Saraswati
So why do people not want a Devi in the family?
Creative Project Showcase - 'I-Can' at IIC, New Delhi -Feb 2012
Creative Project is a joint effort by Vidya & Child along with Dreaming Child Productions and Atelier Theatre Group to bring about positive personality development through this project.
Children were exposed to various creative fields like Architecture, Film Making, Film Editing, Robotics, Set Design, Western Dance, Theatre & Mass Communications by professionals from NDTV, TERI, IIT, SPA etc..for 6 months.
Over120 children confidently showcased their exhibits and explained their projects with great confidence to over 300 people who visited the day long event.
Film made by children won 1st prize at International Children Film Festival -Nov 2011
Our children's film 'Hamari Duniya' based on water conservation won the first prize in the Little Director's category of the International Children's Film Festival 2011. The film was a team effort of 14 children who have been learning film making from a volunteer since the last three years.
Arts & Performing Arts Day - May 2011
This was a platform to showcase the talents that our children have garnered over last 6 years under the guidance of our outstanding Arts & Performing Arts faculty.
The theme of the evening was 'Bachpan -Celebrating Childhood' and children put across a collage of performances across Kathak, Tabla, Music, Theatre, Puppetry, Film Making and Western Dance.
Cultural Performance on HCL Achiever’s Day
Children gave a Kathak, Tabla & Vocal Music performance at the HCL Achiever’s Day. Their efforts were deeply appreciated and the children are grateful to HCL for providing them a platform to showcase their talent.
Life Skills workshop on ‘Violence’ at Sec 37, Noida
The objective of this workshop was for children to understand the effect of Violence on our Mind, Body & Soul and to help children overcome anger and violence. The workshop was attended by 40 children from Class VI to IX from our After School Support programme.
Children actively participated in the discussions, expressed their views on effects of violence in their home, their community, the society, country & the world at large. They also performed role plays on how violence affects their day-to-day lives, made charts and wrote slogans.
A 3-day Teachers' Content Training workshop at Sec 37, Noida
This workshop was held to help teachers understand the teaching manuals and how to use them effectively in a classroom. The teaching manuals were launched for all subjects and for all classes. The workshop was attended by 30 teachers of our Non Formal Education Programme.
The workshop was based on teachers being divided into groups for various activities which were followed by presentations, question-answer sessions and discussions.
Inauguration of our new centre at Barola, Sector 49, Noida by Mr Jaswinder Ahuja, Managing Director at Cadence Design Systems
The Barola centre was inaugurated on Children’s Day. It is a major milestone for the entire Vidya & Child family especially for its children. With this facility we further our resolve to reach out to more and more children in need of quality education.
The children of Vidya & Child gave a cultural performance on this auspicious occasion. They entertained the audience with their song & dance and also staged a play.
Our Corporate & Institutional Partners/Supporters
Corporate Partners -
ATS Infrastructure, Axis Bank Foundtaion, Barclay's, Cadence Design Systems, CanvasM, HCL, Headstrong, Mentor Graphics, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Royal Bank of Scotland, Samsung, TCS, TechMahindra Foundation, Trent Ltd
Institutional Partners -
Asha for Education (Atlanta Chapter), Caring Hand for Children, CLSA Chairman's Trust, Concern India Foundation, Hope Hall Foundation School, Manipal Foundation, YouthReach
Asha Jyothi, Credibility Alliance, Give India, Guidestar India, Letzdream Foundation, Samhita
Atelier Theatre Society, Dreaming Child Productions, Manas Foundation
We are extremely grateful to the above partners for their incessant support extended to Vidya & Child. Their invaluable contributions hold the key to our exponential growth and success.
Please visit our Support Us page for details on how you as a Corporate or an individual can support this cause.