Stanford Social Innovation Review
Making Education Relevant Where You Least Expect It - The IBT
education program in India better prepares students for future opportunities
than traditional teaching.
In many communities, nonprofits and social enterprises have
played a critical workforce development role. Lend-A-Hand-India
(LAHI) complements secondary schooling with skills education to
ensure employability of rural school children
Commonwealth Education Partnerships
Introduction to Basic Technology (IBT) programme uses a pre-vocational
training module to give students a hands-on learning experience
that they do not typically benefit from in traditional Indian schools,
whose curricula emphasis rote memorisation
Lend A Hand India operates a carefully crafted skills development
programme in rural Indian schools, funded significantly by marathon
Daily News, New York
Raj Gilda could run only two miles at a time when he decided
that the best way to raise money for his new nonprofit was to run
a marathon in 2003. Gilda and his wife cofounded Lend-A-Hand India
that year, and had just $500 to start with.
Results for Development (R4D), Washington
As the runner-up for the Asia region in R4D's "Innovative
Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement Competition" supported
by Rockefeller Foundation, Lend-A-Hand India's model struck the
jury as particularly responsive to the real needs of the population
it serves. The potential for scale-up is also significant, and it
has buy-in from both local institutions and the community..
EducationWorld profiles 22 innovators who are re-arranging the
goal posts of Indian education. In scattered urban and rural habitats
across the country, committed educationists in private education
and voluntary organisations are ideating pedagogy and process innovations
which could revive India's moribund education system, and enable
the nation to reap its much-trumpeted demographic dividend.
Crosstown Chronicle, New York
When freelance editor Ilise Weiner runs the New York City Marathon
this Sunday, each mile she completes will help two children learn
carpentry, welding, electrical wiring and plumbing in a rural classroom
8,000 miles away in India. Weiner is one of 31 marathoners who will
run for a charity called Lend-A-Hand-India.