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Introduction:Maa foundation (Monayr Asha Aid foundation) is a small non-governmental organization, dedicated to promoting education in developing countries. Maa foundation is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and currently runs projects in Bangladesh and in Uganda.

Maa Foundation Existence:Noorbaimaa The Visionary the reason for our existence she is the grandmother of Bilakhias Today India is progressing at fast pace, but the benefits of the economic growth are limited to the people of the urban area. The benefits and effects of economic growth is not percolating to the rural areas. Due to the growth in the service sectors in India there is a tremendous demand for skilled & educated workforce .This demand is continuously increasing. Only it this requirement of skilled and educated workforce is met will India be able to emerge as a true economic superpower. The benefits of the growth will percolate to the rural areas only if quality education reaches the most rural areas of the country. The Indian education system today is facing a lot of issues like lack of infrastructure in schools, rote learning, lack of efficient and dedicated teachers, high dropout ratio, limited use of technology in teaching, high student- teacher ratio etc. Looking at the gravity of these problems, efforts made by the government alone will not be sufficient . It is important that educated citizens of the country dedicate their time and money for improving the quality of education in the rural areas. Maa foundation is an endeavor made by the Bilakhia group in bringing to work hand in hand with the government to bring about educational reforms in the society.

History of Maa Foundation:Maa means mother- MAA FOUNDATION is a charitable (not-for-profit) organization completely funded by the Bilakhia family for bringing about educational reforms in the society. The seeds of Maa foundation were sowed back in 1907, through Noorbaimaa, a gold medalist and grandmother of the Bilakhia brothers, who taught them the importance of education. Noorbaimaa who understood the importance of education even shifted her village so that her children could get the privilege of higher education. She passed on the importance of education to her future generation s, which has played a very important role in the growth and success of the Bilakhia family. Maa foundation is founded on the same ideals of growth and prosperity through education. Maa foundation is aims at making the valsad district a role model in the field of education. In order to make benefits of its effort available to all the states and districts of India it is making projects that are scalable, replicable and sustainable so that other committed individuals /corporate can replicate them in areas of their interest/vicinity.

Vision:To make the valsad district a role model in the field of education.

Mission:To develop projects that scalable, sustainable and replicable so that quality education can reach the most rural areas of India and the bridge between rural and urban education cab be bridged.

How are they different?

Maa Foundation is a synergy of an NGO and a corporate world. Professionalism is our code of conduct. Maa Foundation : It is completely funded by the Bilakhia group. The team of Maa Foundation is a good mix of young people from social, industry and business backgrounds, possessing degrees like Ph.D., B.E., MBA, MSE, B.Ed. etc. It operates at optimum cost so as to achieve maximum benefit. It works at grass root level, hand in hand with the government. They has professional working style, not less than any corporate. They believes in social accountability measurable in terms of rupees so as to achieve maximum benefit for the society from each rupee spent by it. It maintains highest level of efficiency and accountability in planning, executing and monitoring its projects.

Project Disha Choose The Right Path & Create Your Own future

Project brief:Project Disha identifies the inner strengths, abilities and areas of interest of students with the help of a psychometric test and based on the results, suggests appropriate careers for them. It also gives the students invaluable information about various careers options available under each stream of education and the future growth prospects of each career. It is started in 2010 and still continuing in 2013.

Purpose of taking this project:In the rural areas of India, there is very less awareness about different types of educational and vocational courses available to the students. They are not aware of various careers available in different streams of education and the future growth prospects in those career fields. In the urban areas also there is lot of ambiguity the surrounds the process of choosing a right career path. Moreover the students are not aware of their own aptitude; hence they are not able to make informed career decisions. Due to this they end up choosing a popular career or a career suggested to them by their parents, friends or other relatives. We all agree that it is not just knowledge but also skills and passion that are very critical to ones success in work life. Due to lack of adequate career guidance students currently are opting for careers not suitable to their area of interest and skill sets and this leads to a large number of educated youths being found to be disinterested in their work or not adequately skilled. Hence, Maa Foundation aims to provide valuable career information and also help the students identify their own abilities and interest areas so that they can make an informed and correct career decision for themselves.

Objectives of this project: To guide the children with perfect career. To check the interest area of the children. To identify the personality of the children.

To check the aptitude of the children.

Project details:In the rural areas of India, there is very less awareness about difference types of educational and vocational courses available to the students. Moreover they are not aware of their own aptitude; hence they are not able to make informed career decisions. Disha is a program that provides career guidance to the secondary students through career guidance program, which in conducted using career talk and aptitude test. The Aptitude test is conducted using Personal Response System (PRS), an indigenous technology which can cater to the masses. This helps the children select a career based on their aptitudes and area of interest. Disha is a program that provides career guidance to children of standards 8th to 12th by way of career talk and aptitude tests. They are made aware of their aptitude and abilities in various areas, their personality type and their areas of interests by way of psychometric test. The test is conducted using indigenous technology which caters to the masses. This helps them in selecting a right career for themselves. Clerical Abilities Mechanical Abilities Numerical Abilities Reasoning Abilities Spatial Abilities Verbal Abilities Their personality type i.e. extrovert or introvert is also ascertained and their areas of interest are found out using Interest and Personality tests. On the basis of the results of the above 3 tests suitable careers, (maximum 3 careers) are suggested for each child. A career talk is also conducted so as to explain to the children the importance of education and the importance of selecting a right career for themselves. Career talk is conducted, with the help of career posters and presentations in order to inform the students about various career options available under each stream of education and the subjects which they need to select in order to pursue the career of their choice. Students are taken on industrial and educational tours so as to give them a glimpse of the real working world and to enhance their knowledge on what lies beyond the textbooks.

Problems Or Inconvenience Faced During Project:

The Attitude of school authorities is not proper for allowing them in school. As it is free of cost the various school take their project leniently. Time limit is extended due to schedule of the schools. Some technical problems are faced during the section is going on.

Control Steps:
Try to convince the school authority to allow them. Time management is done by the team members. Help of IT peoples are taken when any technical problems come. Try to complete their task in decided time limit. Try to motivate students to select the best career for them.

Project Deliverables:Disha ensures that Students are made aware of their own abilities, skills and interests through career guidance program so that they can select a career most suited to them. They are given knowledge about various careers available today and the subjects the students should select in order to pursue those careers. Parents get valuable information about strengths, abilities, skills and interest of their children and so that they can guide them accordingly and help them in the career selection process.

Status as of June 2012:Over 80,000 students have received career guidance under this project.