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Mission Education is a national level program of Saraswati Foundation, which is committed to providing basic education, job oriented education and healthcare to underprivileged children& young youth. Saraswati Foundation believes that whether you are addressing healthcare, poverty, population control, unemployment or human rights, there's no better place to start than in the corridors of education.

Education is both the means as well as the end to a better life; means, because it empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and the end because it increases one's awareness on a range of issues – from healthcare to appropriate social behavior to understanding one's rights, and in the process evolve as a better citizen.

Saraswati Foundation’s educational initiatives include Play School, Pre-school, Job oriented Institute – Hotel Management, Fire & Safety Management, It works for education for underprivileged children& young youth who are under difficult circumstances, such as child labor, children of poorest of the parents, unemployed youth, children inflicted and affected with HIV/AIDS, street and runaway children, children with rare disabilities, disaster struck children and slum children. Special emphasis is given on girl education and women education, so that they and their families get empowered.

  1. St. Kabir School
  2. Neo Global College
  3. Neo Global Institute

Neo Global College:-

What

In 2015, Saraswati Foundation launched Neo Global College, its vocational skilling arm. The objective was to train youth from economically disadvantaged backgrounds (age 18?25 years) and provide them with employable skills, coupled with access to employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. Today Neo Global College programs across the country enable youth to access entry-level positions and placements in 05 major vocations. Approximately 1000 young people were reached in 2015-17 of whom 800 have been trained and placed either in entry level jobs or helped to start their own business.

 

Why

India will have the world's youngest population by 2020, with an average age of 29 years, and with 13 million people entering the workforce each year. However, as the ASER survey has shown, learning outcomes of students completing primary or even secondary schooling are extremely low, closing pathways to senior secondary or higher education. While vocational skills could be a short-term solution, only 2% of the workforce in India is currently formally skilled, leaving the vast majority of youth without the skills, knowhow or networks to enter the workforce. This leads to large scale unemployment or under-employment, even as industries are unable to fill their job vacancies.

 

How

Saraswati foundationconducts short-term courses of 3-12 months duration, often residential in nature, focusing on young men and women from rural areas and urban slums. The model is based on strong industry linkages and youth counseling, and focuses on hands-on skills training. Courses taught include construction (including electrical, plumbing, masonry and welding), hospitality (housekeeping, food and beverage service and food production), and Automotive mechanic, and healthcare nursing and beauty & wellness services. In addition to industry specific skills, students also learn basic English, computer literacy and life skills. Saraswati Foundation has a four-step mechanism which includes mobilization from source, training, placement in jobs or entrepreneurship, and post-placement support.

For youth who are interested in setting up their own enterprises near their homes and to support creation of new jobs, Saraswati Foundation provides the capital asset and mentoring support to set up micro-enterprises. We have supported 1,000 such youth (primarily women) to set up successful enterprises in the fields of beauty, electrical service and construction.


Saraswati Foundation has also initiated innovative models to impact the skilling ecosystem. These include an 'Employment Awareness' model, targeted at adolescent girls and young women, implemented in association with the Neo global college, to tackle the low-exposure and lack of information prevalent particularly among rural youth. Migration-support hostels across Delhi, Mumbai and Pune have also been launched to support low-income migrant youth whose first jobs are in these urban areas. Further, several initiatives have been undertaken to increasing sustainability of vocational training, through end-user fees and also a 'business-linked' training model where trainees, during training, use skills to service customers in Neo Global College hotel-cum-training, Fire & safety and beauty-training-cum-salons centers.

Saraswati Foundation affiliations include National Institute of Fire & Safety Engineering Nagpur. The Career Guidance and Counselling Centre model set up in Behror (Alwar).

 

 

 

Reach and Scale

 

Saraswati Foundation runs 05 centers across 03 states in India, with a placement rate of nearly 80%. More than 1000 students will be trained in 2017-18. Over the past two years Saraswati Foundation vocational training programs have helped nearly 1,000 youth across the country improve general employability skills, and more than 1,000 youth in industry specific trades. We have also developed partnerships with a large number of employers to offer entry-level jobs to our graduates.

Since its inception in 2015, more than 1,000 underprivileged children& Youth have directly benefited from the Mission Education program.