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Quality Education

Striving To Provide Authentic Learning For All


India ranks 105th amongst 128 countries in education. Despite the growth in literacy rates – from 64% in 2001 to 74.04% in 2011 as per Census 2011, women lag behind in most indicators of education and employment across the country.

.India’s education landscape shows a significant improvement in recent years, but disparities exist across states and genders. Here’s an overview:

National Literacy Rate:

  • India’s average literacy rate is estimated to be around 75% (figures can vary depending on the source).
  • There’s a significant gender gap, with male literacy exceeding female literacy.

State-wise Literacy Rates:

  • States like Kerala and Mizoram boast literacy rates exceeding 90%, while some states like Bihar struggle with rates below 70%.
  • You can find a detailed list of state-wise literacy rates, including male and female figures, on Wikipedia “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Literacy_in_India“.

Challenges and Improvements:

  • Despite progress, achieving universal literacy remains a challenge in India.
  • Factors like poverty, lack of access to quality education, and social biases hinder progress, particularly for girls in rural areas.

Government Initiatives:

  • The Indian government implements various schemes like the Mid-Day Meal Scheme and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) to improve enrollment, attendance, and education quality.


Despite a lot of progress, there are various challenges in rural areas that are hampering quality education. These challenges are quality infrastructure, classroom facilities, toilets, playgrounds, and even quality teachers. There is also a lack of community participation in education.

In most of the schools, School Management Committees (SMCS) are not functioning as per the guidelines and protocols. The interaction between parents and teachers is also very limited which is impacting education adversely.

Strategic Approach

We have devised multi-pronged strategies to address the critical components of education, so that learning outcomes, access to education, and an enabling environment can be built in among learners and the community.

Our interventions are focussing on a) reintegration of dropout girls in schools through open schooling b) settling up of Scholl infrastructure and learning labs where students are able to read literature and access resources beyond the school set-ups and c) upgradation of school infrastructure.

Second Chance Education

Second Chance Education is a second chance for dropout girls and women who could not access education due to patriarchy, gender-based discrimination, and structured barriers.

The program is helping women to enroll in higher education and ensure access to quality scholastic support so that dropouts can get quality education. We have leveraged the NIOS and RSOS platforms for this. SCE programs also facilitate life skilling, career counseling, and vocational training.

Learning Labs

Learning labs serve children in the community setting and help them access quality education and life skilling. The main objective of the learning lab is to improve the learning outcomes of children.


Infrastructure Development

Numerous studies suggest that quality infrastructure improves the retention of children along with teachers in schools. We aim to develop child-friendly schools that children look forward to coming to every day.

Guided by this aim, we strive to develop quality classrooms, playgrounds, and toilets as well as improve access to learning aids for children

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Skill Development & Internship  Programs

UDG INDIA FOUNDATION also provides skill development programs and vocational courses to help individuals acquire new skills and improve their employability. Here are some examples of such programs:

Computer Literacy Program: This program teaches basic computer skills such as using Microsoft Office, sending emails, and browsing the internet. It is designed for individuals who have little or no knowledge of computers.

Sewing and Embroidery Program: This program teaches sewing and embroidery skills to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in the fashion industry or starting their own business.

Construction Skills Program: This program teaches individuals how to build and repair structures such as buildings, roads, and bridges. It is designed for individuals who want to work in the construction industry or start their own construction company.

Language and Communication Skills Program: This program teaches individuals how to improve their communication skills in various languages. It is designed for individuals who want to improve their chances of finding a job in a multilingual environment.

Beautician Training Program: UDG INDIA FOUNDATION offers a six-month beautician training program for women. The program covers topics such as facials, manicures, pedicures, makeup, and hair styling.


Internship/ Adult Placement

An NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Internship or Adult Placement is an opportunity for individuals to gain experience working with a non-profit organization that focuses on social, environmental, or humanitarian issues.

UDG INDIA FOUNDATION offers an internship program, usually a short-term program that allows students or recent graduates to apply their academic knowledge and skills to practical work in the field. The goal is to provide them with a chance to gain hands-on experience, develop new skills, and make meaningful contributions to the organization.

On the other hand, we also offer Adult Placement in typically a longer-term program aimed at individuals who have already completed their formal education and want to volunteer their time and expertise to an NGO. Adult placements may involve more specialized work, such as project management, fundraising, or advocacy.

Overall, both types of programs offer valuable opportunities for personal and professional growth while making a positive impact on society and UDG INDIA FOUNDATION is doing it very well.

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