FEA’s five ingredient recipe for helping disadvantaged youth
The Problem: The quality of education available to youth from low income backgrounds in India is woeful and vast numbers of them, including college graduates are unemployable in professional positions.
Many will end up being under-employed for their working lives. Few break the cycle of poverty.
Theory of change: FEA has developed a curriculum specific to the circumstances of low income youth in India. This instills five key skills, that the target population does not acquire from the formal education system:
1)Non-cognitive, personality development and life skills. These include self-confidence, drive, discipline perseverance, a growth mindset, critical thinking skills, communication and collaboration skills, ethics, resilience, adaptability, self-esteem, self-reliance, conscientiousness and a sense of community, etc.
2)English language skills, to a level that makes one effective in the workplace. Taught using a method of debate and discovery.
3)MOOCs, in a classroom setting to begin with, to have the tools to become a lifelong learner.
4)Mentorship by a successful and mature adult who can be a role model and introduce other role models.
5)Career guidance.
Program details: Students come in to FEA classrooms for 100 minutes a day, six days a week for one year.
FEA has 500+ Employees, 20,000+ Students and 90+ Branches spread across 10 cities. FEA is a donor funded charity and its program is always FREE of cost for all students at all locations.

Impact: The impact of FEA’s program is visible and dramatic. If one interacts with newly enrolled students and compares them with ones that are ready to graduate, the difference in their mindset, personality, self-confidence and skills is readily apparent.
Stanford University is conducting a randomized control trial to measure the impact of the FEA program on the incomes of young workers by comparing the income of FEA graduates with the income of students from the same neighborhood who wanted to enroll but were unable to.
MIT has funded researchers to evaluate at FEA methods of making the learning process sticky for disadvantaged youth.

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- Freedom English Academy -

24,333

Students

586

Employees

Our Beliefs

We believe that with effective tools and training, all people have the strength to improve their lives and the lives of those in their community. To that end, we provide our students with an intensive, one-year learning program that teaches professional English and non-cognitive skills.

Our program empowers our graduates to access jobs and opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable to them, enabling them to improve their lives and the lives of their families and communities.

What We Offer

Intensive English Teaching

Six days per week. One hour and forty minutes of class per day. 52 week program duration. Class size limited to 20. students per class.

Non-Cognitive Skills

Grit, effective communication, goal setting, locus of control, dealing with uncertainty, drive, discipline, self-esteem, self-motivation, self-control, overcoming fear of failure, growth mindset, patience, resilience. Learn more...

Critical Thinking

Problem solving. Questioning assumptions. Dialogue and debate. Entrepreneurial thinking.

Our Program

The program we offer students is free of charge. Our students attend a one hour and forty minute class six days a week, for the program duration of 52 weeks. Our class size is limited to 20 students. Our branches are located in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. We are expanding our reach by making our technology and intellectual property freely available for anyone to use anywhere in the developing world.

Our dynamic teaching method uses a hybrid of computer-based training, lectures, seminars, workbooks, peer-to-peer interaction and game-based learning. We use a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) to track the progress of individual students on a daily basis. Analysis of this data provides insights for improving our program, as well as providing useful information for researchers.

Research Opportunities for Academics

FEA actively partners with scholars and researchers who can improve our performance by formulating, designing, and testing theories. As a data-driven organization, we offer researchers a robust data collection apparatus with the ability to run controlled A/B tests (randomized control trials) and other data-collection methods. With 20,000+ students in 90+ locations, we also have the scale to examine important questions in management, organizational behavior, economics, sociology, education, and other disciplines.