Local

Project LEED (Local area Education and Economic Development) is an initiative of SEEDS aimed at the holistic development of an area through Education and Economic Development interventions that enhances the standard of living of people at the bottom of the pyramid.

How we do/ Our Approach:

With a Centre of Excellence campus spread over 1 hectare in Duttalur village of SPSR Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh, SEEDS has been working in 5 mandals, covering around 2 lakh population through initiatives such as Vidya (Education), Kaushal (Vocational skills and Livelihoods), ARTI (Agriculture and Rural Technologies) and Swasthya (Health- Ophthalmic care)

Our Impact:

Impacting than 1,00,000 people on a daily basis.

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Programmes & Projects

Vidya

To improve learning outcomes in schools, we believe in empowering teachers and create an atmosphere for students that fosters happy and joyful learning. In this process, we promote technological solutions such as Digital Classes through K-Yan, an all in one device that converts any room to an interactive classroom. With the support of our empanelled partner Schoolnet India Ltd, we have implemented ‘Digital class’ projects in more than 200 government schools across the country supported by Grant making agencies, Corporates, Public sector Units and Government.

 

Through intervention in the education system in government schools in rural India, SEEDS envisages augmenting capacities of learners, teachers, and the community by imparting a balance of knowledge, behaviour, competency, and attitudes with respect to academic achievement, technology, and functional skills. The program interventions employ progressive & mobile technologies, digital experience, exposure to innovation & creativity within the immediate context, and accessible reach of students. The project collectively develops the improved learning environment in schools.

  • Technological Interventions:

    In order to achieve its objective of improving learning outcomes, SEEDS introduced K-Yan, a multimedia device to transform classrooms into digital learning spaces, in government schools in SPSR Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh. By using content that is modern, engaging, and involves the student at every step this project encourages interactive learning. Digital classes through K-Yan have helped students understand difficult concepts and score better

  • Fluency in the English language is important for increased career prospects and a marketable skill. Keeping this in mind, SEEDS launched Read to Me initiative (RTM) which uses language-based software to assist students in learning the language, by reading and speaking with correct pronunciations.

  • Non-technological Interventions: With the objective to aid in learning and encourage students to work harder, SEEDS conducts yearly district level quiz competitions for all government schools. The competitions provide great opportunities for students with diverse backgrounds to interact and learn from each other.

(Photograph of the Principal)

“This event has built a healthy competitive spirit among the students and is a platform to showcase their knowledge,” says Principal of Zilla Parishad High School, Gundemadakala, SPSR Nellore District, Andhra Pradesh

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Kaushal

With a large number of rural youth in the project area being school dropouts and jobless, SEEDS has been working on equipping them with requisite skillsets and providing them employment with reputed firms and thereby contributing to the economic empowerment of their families.

  • SEEDS has been implementing various skilling programs including training in Sewing Machine Operations, Solar Technician trade, Mobile phone servicing These training has proved to be helpful in bringing unemployed youth into the formal sector, thereby creating lifetime career opportunities for them.
  • Skill development programs of SEEDS has entrepreneurship components within it to assure that the youth unwilling to migrate, can establish their own ventures depending on the local needs. It also ensures the participation of women in the skilling process, who otherwise have inhibitions to migrate to other districts/states in the country. These programs lead to the effective utilization of local resources while also developing the local area and society as a whole.

ARTI

With more than 85% of the farmers in India belonging to small and marginal category, their incomes and net productivity of the land has been decreasing over the past decades. SEEDS, with an intention to improve net productivity and incomes of the farmers started Agriculture and Rural Technologies Initiative (ARTI) to cater to the needs of farmers in dryland rural areas with meagre resources. SEEDS has been demonstrating various models at it’s Centre of Excellence campus and thereby training farmers in a simulated environment thereby reducing the risk to farmers on experimenting with new crops/ agri allied interventions

  • Our Centre of Excellence Campus is housed with demonstrated models of farm and non-farm interventions wherein youth, women and farmers are trained in a simulated environment on Integrated models of Agriculture. Some of these interventions include Dairy Farming, Stall Fed Goatery Farming, Backyard Poultry, Fodder and Micronutrients management, Vermicomposting, Kitchen Garden for Vegetable cultivation etc.,
  • We have conceptualised and demonstrated a “One Hectare Model” of development wherein small farmers with landholding of 1 Ha or less can earn an annual net income of not less than Rs 1,00,000 through integrated farming
  • Appropriate rural technologies in water conservation such as SWAR (System of Water for Agriculture Rejuvenation) and Borewell recharge technology, Alternate construction technology using CSEB (Compressed Stabilized Earth Block) are demonstrated for training youth and farmers.
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Swasthya

According to Andhra Pradesh Eye Disease Study (APEDS), in a population of around 50,000, Over 55% of the people aged 30 years and older have presbyopia (inability to focus on near objects). Cataract has been responsible for 60.3% blindness and uncorrected refractive errors responsible for 87.5% moderate visual impairment. A significant proportion of eye problems can be corrected or detected at the primary care level that has substantial savings to the individual and community.

  • SEEDS under its Swasthya initiative has partnered with LV Prasad Eye Care Institute and has been catering to the ophthalmic needs of the people in our project area by providing access to high quality eye screening and awareness on the same thereby reducing the rate of blindness
  • We aim to cater to the ophthalmic needs of rural people with an objective to provide access to high-quality eye screening tests, and awareness on the same, thereby reducing the rate of blindness in rural areas
  • SEEDS in association with LV Prasad Eye Care Institute established a primary vision care center in its Duttalur Campus in the month of February 2016. The center conducts regular eye check-ups and vision care campaigns.
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