VIDYA is a non-profit organization which is working from past 28 years for the education of underprivileged in India. With a vision 'to be a significant force of change for India's less privileged', the organization was started in 1985 by Rashmi Mishra.What started as a small venture to educate a few girls, but now it has grown up and is touching the lives of around 2,00,000 people from the poorest community.
VIDYA today is a strong resilient, multi-layered programme that has initiated nationally recognized grass-root level development programmes in some of the poorest neighbourhood of New Delhi, Gurgaon, Mumbai
and Bangalore. Using education
as an empowering tool, the programmes are structured to encourage children, with a special emphasis on the girl child, to pursue learning, the drop out youth to be main-streamed and the women trained and equipped to walk towards financial independence.
It operates with the organizational structure headed by the Chairperson, the Vice-Chairperson, Program Head and a core team, along with professional staff consisting of program coordinators, community outreach officer, counselors, teachers, resource persons and office support staff. VIDYA’s Advisory and Management Board comprises qualified and well known professionals from all walks of life.
The main mission of the school is to 'empower through education', so as a part of this, it also provides computer training programs, and vocational skills training to drop out youth and women in the society. The VIDYA community strongly believes that, within a community, each group is dependent and influenced by the other so the educational interventions and community based programs should have a multi-pronged approach, thereby bringing social change and well-being in the society.
And VIDYA organization follows this, by providing holistic education at pre-school, primary and secondary levels, through NIOS for youth, by providing computer literacy, spoken English and life-skills training, capacity building of girls/women through vocational skill, adult literacy and livelihood programs and giving a skills enhancement programme that addresses the lacunae of the present public school education system at a micro level.
VIDYA has built a role-model- school that provide the less privileged children the opportunity to attend the best universities in the country including the IIT’s. The success mantra of VIDYA organization is the strong bond with the community it serves and its consistent development and use of methods that emphasize leadership, community work and teamwork skills.