Educational Institutions

India Literacy Project

A catalyst for 100% literacy in India

aka ILP

Milpitas, CA

Mission

India Literacy Project, ILP, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of literacy in India. By empowering every individual we serve with functional literacy and an understanding of their basic rights and responsibilities, we strive to be a catalyst for 100% literacy in India. The primary objectives of all ILP programs are to enroll and retain children in government schools and enable them to attain grade appropriate skills and competencies.

Ruling Year

1991

ILP US National Convenor

Mr Venki Venkatesh

Main Address

PO Box 361143

Milpitas, CA 95035 USA

Keywords

Literacy, education, children, women, India, non-profit, volunteer

EIN

36-3779020

 Number

5706713299

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

India Literacy Project (ILP), founded in 1990, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the cause of literacy and education in India. The education scenario in India has seen rapid progress over the last two decades in addressing the diverse challenges. Over 65% of children in India attend government schools. -Enrollment in primary schools has increased to around 96% and school infrastructure has also improved, but there are still significant challenges in enrollment for vulnerable communities. - Enrollment numbers are low in vulnerable communities. - Retention beyond secondary school is a challenge in many places. - Learning levels are very low across government school children. The primary objectives of all ILP programs are to enroll and retain children in government schools and enable them to attain grade appropriate learning levels and skills and create pathways to productive careers,

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Enrollment, Retention and Learning of children in schools enabling them to create career pathways

Schooling

Learning

Earning

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of schools established in rural communities

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Minorities

Related program

Enrollment, Retention and Learning of children in schools enabling them to create career pathways

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

ILP empowered the community to get new government preschools and schools opened in their rural communities, thereby enabling their children to attend school.

Number of students provided career guidance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Minorities

Related program

Enrollment, Retention and Learning of children in schools enabling them to create career pathways

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of students who were provided career guidance and counselling to create their own career pathways based on their interests and abilities.

Number of children covered (across all our programs)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Enrollment, Retention and Learning of children in schools enabling them to create career pathways

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children learning using our innovative learning tools

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Enrollment, Retention and Learning of children in schools enabling them to create career pathways

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of children learning in classrooms with our digital content, science kits and libraries (part of our innovative MDLS program)

Number of teachers trained

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Enrollment, Retention and Learning of children in schools enabling them to create career pathways

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Number of teachers trained to conduct classes using our hands on science kits and audio visual lessons and digital content

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

The primary objectives of all ILP programs are to enroll and retain children in government schools and enable them to attain grade appropriate skills and create pathways to productive careers. Our projects focus on vulnerable communities who face challenges with universal coverage, out of school children, poor attendance and retention. Some of these communities live in deep rural areas and are primitive tribal groups , socially disadvantaged communities such as scheduled castes, linguistic minority communities at interstate borders and migrant populations like brick kiln workers. We work in these communities to ensure children are enrolled in school, attend school regularly and transition to higher grades while achieving desired learning competencies. Access: Work with government to open new schools where there is none Enrollment: Ensure that children are going to school Retention: Ensure that students are continuously attending school Learning: Improve learning outcomes in school

We work in 6,000 schools across 8 states with a focus on 1. Enrollment & Retention in government preschools and schools 2. Enable Learning in innovative ways - Designing and deploying high quality, low cost, learning tools and a learning framework that empowers teachers and helps children attain grade appropriate skills. 3. Empowering students with career pathways - A Career guidance and pathways program driven by students’ interest and adaptive to their abilities, is relevant to their lives beyond school, and enables them to create and own pathways to their desired careers. Our Approach = Work with rural communities and government schools in India to enroll, retain and ensure children attain grade appropriate skills and competencies. - Partner with local NGOs and create sustained community engagement and ownership around government schools and children’s education by strengthening School Monitoring Committees and Bal Vikas Committees / Mother’s Committees. - Design and deploy high quality, low cost, replicable interventions to address gaps in delivery of education through the government system - Provide the expertise in governance, evaluation and tracking to deliver sustainable projects that will continue long after the ILP has ended its program in that area.

ILP selects a group of villages to work in, based on the needs assessment and alignment to our organizational strategy. Selection factors include remoteness of the area, overall literacy rate, and presence of vulnerable communities. There are two ways for project execution ILP directly implements the project as an incubation engine for a new innovation program that will be eventually be scaled through Government partnership ILP selects and partners with NGOs in the targeted area to implement the project. ILP provides guidance and monitoring to the NGO, while leveraging the NGO’s inputs to execute efficiently.

The purpose of UN Sustainable Development (SDG) Goal 4 is ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. ILP has aligned all its achievement/impact indicators with the the education-related targets and indicators of UN SDG Goal 4. . ILP classifies the metrics into key categories in order to track the success of the project in the Pre-School and Primary Schools: - Infrastructure & Facilities -Functioning -Learning Outcomes -Community Participation For high schools, ILP has a unique methodology that elevates the teaching material, process and interaction to drive more complex learning. Quantitative Indicators for Pre-School Programs Goal: Fully functional preschools where 0-6 years children avail themselves of the Government’s Anganwadi program services (ICDS). 3-6 years children are school ready with developmental milestones at 75% level within 4 years of project start. Quantitative Indicators for School Programs Goal: Children in 6 -16 years in ILP covered schools achieve 90% attendance, with 75% learning levels achievement, and 95% transition to higher classes till 10th.

Since Inception, ILP has supported 120 projects across 8 states in India, working on Access, Enrollment, Retention & Learning. In the last decade we have - Worked with the community to get over 100 preschools and schools established/upgraded by the government to provide access to school - Enrolled over 20,000 children back into school & supported the retention of over 500,000 children in school - Through our innovative learning tools (science kit, digital content, social sciences through google earth) we have supported the learning outcomes of over 100,000 children - Activated the School Monitoring Committe's to participate in school governance in over 1000 schools across different states. - Providing career guidance and counselling for over 100,000 students.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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