There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.Kofi Annan
VandeMataram-A Salute to our Mother Earth
Vandemataram is an ALEAP initiative in association with ministry of textiles, under the integrated skill development scheme for textiles and apparel sector.
Through Vandemataram program ALEAP aims to provide self sustainability to Women who are under educated and School dropouts mostly in rural and semi urban areas by training them in skill development programmes in the textile and apparel sectors (which includes Jute and Handicrafts). This program not only provides employment or self employment to the under educated women but also will give boost to small scale industries which contribute to almost 40% of the gross industrial value to our economy.
Why Vandemataram Project:
- 53.7% female literacy rate in India (http://censusindia.gov.in): Despite high literacy than their male counterparts women in India especially in rural and semi urban areas women find it hard to find employment.
- Decline in women employment rate from 18% to 16% in between 2009 and 2012, 90 Lakh Rural women lost jobs where as 35 lakh urban women were added to work force: This is due to lack of employable skills in women residing in rural and semi urban areas.
- Rural women hit hard, Need for focus on rural women employment and Gender bias in wages.
To address the trained manpower needs of textiles industry and related segments including Handicrafts, Hand looms, Seri culture, Jute and Technical Textiles by developing a cohesive and integrated framework of training based on the industry needs.
To increase the employability of residents of the target areas through imparting of skills in the textiles industry and related segments.
To provide equal opportunity to improve women participation in entrepreneurship development.
Integrated Skill Development Scheme (ISDS) has been launched with the objective to build the capabilities of those institutions that currently provide training and skill development programmes in the textile and apparel sectors (this includes Jute and Handicrafts).
The Indian Textiles Industry contributes about 14 percent to industrial production, 4 percent to the GDP, and 17 percent to the country's export earnings. The Textiles Sector provides direct employment to over 35 million people in India, holding the position of the second largest provider of employment after agriculture. Thus, the growth and all around development of this industry has a direct bearing on the Nation’s economic strength.
All facets of skill development will be covered viz. Basic Training, Skill upgradation, Advanced Training in emerging technologies, Training of Trainers, orientation towards modern technology, Retraining, Managerial skills, entrepreneurship development etc
The training programme is designed based on industry demand in different segments. The emphasis will be on measurable outcomes, wherein it will be ensured that all successful trainees are certified.
The goal of the project is to train 40,500 candidates in all 3 sectors mentioned above in a period of 3 years. All the courses are for 2 months and a total of 25 candidates for each batch to be trained.
Placements or self-employment will be shown to each candidate once she passes the course and gets a certificate. This will be tracked and monitored periodically.
"To become a centre for excellence for development of women entrepreneurship, to foster women entrepreneurship with a focus an innovative creativity, financial sustainability and social impact."