Vocational training on the Skill Development Initiative Scheme under supervision of Srei Foundation has started in 2013. Various charitable and skill development activities are now going on at Falta 24 Parganas (South).
Vocational training to the local youths, mostly unemployed and underprivileged, is provided on different industrial trades at free of cost. Currently vocational courses on Industrial Safety, Turner, Welder, Fitter, Plumber, House Wiring, Spoken English etc. are being offered. On the successful completion of the courses, candidates are awarded IISD Edu World certificates of competency. Many of such trained candidates are engaged in employment elsewhere or self-employed.
Srei Foundation has setup this Sewing Training Centre for women empowerment to help women to achieve self-reliance and financial independence by providing vocational training. The women students are also being taught embroidery arts and designing as well as tailoring . On successful completion of the course, the women can either start something on their own or take up a job. In this way women can be self-sufficient and confident in their traditional role as home makers and immensely benefited towards a sustainable and self-reliant source of livelihood.
Srei Foundation has also set up a Training Centre at Falta, South 24-Parganas for Courses on Computer Concept (CCC) and Basic Computer Course (BCC) as an approved “Facilitation Centre” of National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), an autonomous Scientific Society of Department of Electronics & Information Technology. A computer training center has also been opened for supporting the acid survivors and disadvantaged women. The center was started with equipments and support from Inner Wheel Club, Kolkata.
Srei Foundation in association with IISD Edu World provides necessary guidance and training supports to the underpriviledged people aspiring to get Govt. jobs by organising preparatory courses for job oriented competitive examinations, absolutely at free of cost. Recently 5 girls and 8 boys have received appointments in Bank, and other Government Services. The snap shot of the successful candidates appeared in different job oriented competitive examinations is as follows:
Srei Foundation also provides necessary support to a primary school of underpriviledged children located at the slums of Tiljala area, Kolkata. At present around 200 students including deprived girl children are getting formal education in that school. The bridge courses from Class VII to XII are also being organised in the school, so that they can pass the board examinations of Class X and Class XII with flying colours. Vocational trainings e.g. computer, sewing, jute bag making etc. are being conducted in the same set up by helping the disadvantaged women to earn their livelihoods. An adult education center has also been established for elderly local ladies and housewives. Free medical support has also been provided to the female patients by a reputed gynechologist.
Srei Foundation has provided financial assistance to introduce courses on Sanskrit language at St James School, London. The fund has been utilised for procuring new Sanskrit textbooks, organising teachers training program and developing an interactive website to encourage students to learn Sanskrit.
The Foundation has also created “Srei India Scholarship Fund” which was initiated in collaboration with the Boston University wherein a sum of 50,000 USD has been gifted for several years to enable talented students from across the globe to experience the unparalleled education offered by the University.
The Foundation has tied up with various social bodies to provide financial assistance to meritorious but needy students to pursue higher studies. Besides various social upliftment programmes within the community, Srei Foundation has also sponsored education for 100 students of the Ramakrishna Mission.
Financial aid was extended to a school for the blinds located at Kulti, West Bengal and also in a higher secondary girl’s school located in the same area necessary supports had been provided for the maintenance of the school, procurement of furniture and water filter. Monthly financial grants were also given to A.C. Institution Higher Secondary School, Sodepur Colliery High School and Shibpore Workshop Free Primary School.
Education promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty. Srei Foundation strongly believes that every child has a right, a need to be educated and by providing an appropriate environment and education, these children have a better chance of becoming self-reliant. This, in turn, would translate into a better society to live in.
With a view to break the 'poverty = manual labour' cycle of the economically under-privileged society, Srei Foundation in assocation with Suryodaya Trust manages two schools located at Santoshpur and Birati, Kolkata, enbling over 700 children to study under the supervision of more than 50 qualified staff. The schools draw students from the surrounding urban slums, who are essentially from under privileged backgrounds. To create the right ambience for education, Sunita Kanoria, Chief Patron, Suryodaya Schools and Educationist has taken personal interest in ensuring the best arrangements in terms of cleanliness and healthiness. The students are provided with nutritious free mid-day meal. Text books, note books and school uniforms are centrally procured by the school and provided to the students at subsidized rates. A very nominal monthly fee and admission fee are charged from the students. To emphasize the overall development of students, it is ensured that they participate in extracurricular activities.
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