According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, India stood at 90.2% youth literacy rate in 2015. Even though India has taken leaps and bounds toward literacy since independence, the ground realities speak of inefficiency, lack of transparency and ownership, while thousands of children do not have access to education at all.
icareindia believes that the first step towards development, that of the self, society and the nation, is education. The organisation aims to provide a holistic learning environment to primary school children by joining hands with educational institutions, corporates, government schools and college students. icareindia serves communities at the ground level with focus on sustenance and complements efforts of the government and civil society organizations toward the same goal.
To ensure that knowledge goes from books to home, icareindia collaborates with college students, particularly NSS and NCC cadets, who volunteer and supplement educational classes in government primary schools. icareindia’s three pillars – Child Development, Youth Connect and Community Empowerment – set a framework for all-inclusive development through community engagement and ownership.
To bring in transformation by positively doing consistently.
Through an integrated model of development, icareindia aims to bring quality education to children from marginalised sections of the society and empower them to stand at par with the mainstream society.
icareIndia is an entity of the Shyama Memorial Welfare Society (SMWS), a non-profit organization established in 1992 under the Society Act of 1860 by Dr Surya Prakash. Born in 1942, Dr Prakash is a retired senior scientist from CSIR (a government of India research organization). Since 1993, he has been working toward imparting quality and value-based education to underprivileged children in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. SMWS runs an academic institution that offers high quality convent education (up to class 7) to children from poverty-stricken families at minimal fee. The school provides uniforms, shoes, books and stationary to the deserving children free of cost. With state-of-the-art infrastructure, the school sprawls over 4500 square feet and boasts of a library room, computer lab and science lab.
Dr Prakash’s son, Anoop Gupta formally took lead of icareindia on July 11, 2015. After working for more than 16 years in the IT industry across Europe, Anoop returned to India to fulfil his mother’s dream.
In association with the Uttar Pradesh government and Lucknow University, Anoop has linked more than 1700 college students (from 47 universities & colleges) with 100 government primary schools (more than 13500 children) in Lucknow. Under the guidance of DM Lucknow and Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, icareindia’s programmes involve direct administrative participation through a district committee.