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IDEX Fellowship Creating Educational Opportunities in India [VIDEO]

IDEX Fellowship Creating Educational Opportunities in India [VIDEO]

An affordable, quality education is often out of reach for India’s poor. IDEX Fellowship aims to change that by sending consultants to affordable schools to help increase the quality of education for lower income students. The fellowship program offers a unique 9-month, paid, early entry, professional development program for post-graduates interested in the field of social enterprise.

The program is designed to inspire and cultivate potential leaders to provide sustainable solutions to pressing global issues through social ventures. IDEX fellows gain hands-on experience in dealing with the complexities that contribute to socio-economic and political issues in a developing country.

Selected fellows work in low cost private schools in Hyderabad, India to improve the lives of over 500 students and 15 teachers. They consult and interact with school owners on a one-on-one basis to help develop ways to lower costs while providing new educational opportunities for teachers and students.

Although IDEX Fellowship is only in their second year, they have already created an educational summer program for young girls sponsored by Nike, a multi-school cricket league and they’ve built libraries to increase student literacy.

IDEX Fellowship is currently fundraising to send additional candidates to Hyderabad, India. To help them provide better education for India’s poor, click here to donate to their campaign. With your support, the IDEX fellows can give low income students an opportunity escape a life of poverty while gaining skills and an appreciation for bridging global differences in the communities around the world.

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6:00AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

wishing them great success

7:39AM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

A story of hope.

12:02PM PDT on May 30, 2011

thenks for saring.

8:51AM PDT on May 30, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

5:45AM PDT on May 29, 2011

My niece married an Indian; they met while in grad school in Michigan. Fortunately, his family is very wealthy, so they are shielded from some of the unbelievable poverty in Mumbai. They live in a gated suburb called Boroda, but each morning my niece Carried walks past 3-5 year old little girls, filthy, homeless who just wish to talk to her and get hugs or pats on the head. Carrie's 2-1/2 year old son is the light of the family, treated as a young prince and nurtured by her husband's extended family. Carrie writes how men and women stop in the middle of walking along a road to urinate and have bowel movements, no toilet paper or sink to wash in. The poor and homeless are there, but are not seen once one becomes accustomed to them as a dirty, smelly background. When Carrie first moved to Mumbai, she was dumbfounded that children barely out of diapers, if they'd ever had any, were wandering around the streets picking up and putting in their mouths anything that resembled food. Now she realizes she had previous experience with homeless in the U.S.--men and women with children standing on corners in the streets of every big city, looking lost, begging for something for their children, or just looking demented and muttering unintelligible things. Carrie defends India by saying that if we in America can't take care of our homeless, which is on a much smaller scale, how can India be expected to solve their huge problem? We are all guilty of ignoring the homeless.

10:51AM PDT on May 28, 2011

education ...education....and NOT only for kids....how about starting with...parents!!!!

8:35AM PDT on May 28, 2011

thanks for sharing

8:34AM PDT on May 28, 2011

thanks for sharing

11:20AM PDT on May 27, 2011

This is what's happening in Italy: thousands of people don't have jos, unamployment amongst the young is almost 1 in 3 don't find employment. They are now protesting loudly. So the gov't is saying: work is there, but it's all manual, young people (Note that in Italy "young" means up to 40!) should not be so fussy and just accept what there is. I agree. However: for years they have pushed so that we all got a decent education, often to university level and now they are telling us we should forget about all those years of hard studying and accept any job, as our only opportunity for the future. Not fair!

8:29AM PDT on May 27, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

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