A steady paycheck is a thing of beauty and an object of desire for the hundreds of millions who do not have it.
Most day-wage laborers like farmers, vegetable sellers etc. and self-employed small business owners like tea-stall vendors, painters and carpenters etc., wish for their children to not have the life of financial insecurity they themselves endure. This is part of the allure of a government job: seemingly, the ultimate aspiration for hundreds of millions. In reality, the number of applicants is hundreds of times greater than the number of job openings.
The other unfortunate reality is India graduates millions every year, but too few are fit to be hired.
Once their basic needs of food and housing security are met, disadvantaged youth can hope to become productive, creative, and perhaps even contribute to the greater good.
FEA operates two separate programs, for urban youth in the 15+ age group and for rural youth in the 20+ age group.
Urban program. This is of one-year duration and, students attend in-person classes at neighborhood FEA branches for 100 minutes a day, six days a week for 52 weeks.
Rural program. This is of 4-month duration and students attend classes at FEA branches in their villages for two and half hours a day, five days a week.
Both curriculums build English language skills, productive and ethical mindsets, and digital literacy skills. Additionally, since nobody really knows what careers of the future will look like FEA shows students how to continue their learning after the program ends (i.e., learning how to learn) and stresses the virtue of being adaptable to workforce changes.
FEA also provides mentorship and career counselling.
200,000+ youth have enrolled into the FEA curriculum as of this writing in September 2021.