Freedom English Academy (FEA) India EQUIPs tens of thousands OF AMBITIOUS,
HARD-WORKING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH Employability SKILLS AND TOOLS.
OUR MISSION IS TO ACTIVATE THE POTENTIAL of disadvantaged youth –
so they can LIFT THEMSELVES OUT OF POVERTY.
Approximately 115 million young people in India live in extreme poverty, according to a 2016 World Bank report. The huge unemployment rate among India’s youth, due to a lack of professional skills, keep these young people in a vicious cycle of poverty.
India is primed for economic growth but only if it can successfully harness its “demographic dividend”. India’s demographic dividend will only fully be realized if India is able to create gainful employment opportunities.
Freedom English Academy (FEA) India believes that cultivating employability skills is the best way to realize India’s growth potential.
Incepted in 2010, FEA India is a dynamic, non-governmental, non-religious, not-for-profit organization that provides young people with the skills and tools they need to break free from the cycle of poverty.
FEA India currently operates in over 10 cities across India and uses over 100 branches to provide supplemental training to over 25,000+ young people, ages 15 to 27, who have recently entered, or who are on the verge of entering, India’s workforce.
FEA provides a free program to develop English language skills, and transformative personal skills, like drive, determination, self-confidence, critical thinking, discipline, ability to postpone gratification and persistence. FEA helps students become life-long, self-directed learners, by becoming adept at using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and provides career counseling and mentorship.
FEA’s dynamic one-year curriculum is designed with inputs from global experts. It provides a life-changing experience at an impressionable life-stage. It awakens and empowers youth, who would otherwise be disadvantaged, with life-long skills that are crucial to their success in a modern economy.
FEA is doing pioneering work developing business English and critical thinking skills, in a framework of personal growth and community responsibility. We are committed to data-driven results using Our Program’s Four Pillars:
Just $17 a month can change the trajectory of a life.
Help us help them soar above poverty.
The Story of our founder, deepak chopra, story reflects how we know
one year can change a life!
As a teenager, I walked to my school bus stop through a very low-income neighborhood. Every day, I saw people cooking, eating, and living their lives on the side of the streets. The deprivation, misery, and loss of human dignity brought about by poverty deeply saddened me. I made a personal commitment to never forget what I experienced, and to help solve this immense problem.
As I started my final year of high school, I decided I wanted to go to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), which had a reputation for being a difficult engineering school to get into. Most students who got into IIT were typically in the top 2-3 of their high school class. I had never been even in the top 20 of any class.
So I spent my final year of high school taking as many extra classes as I could and doing everything I could think of to help prepare for the entrance exam. I gave up watching cricket matches, movies and television. I would get up at 4:30 AM and travel 2 hours to the living room of a gifted mathematics teacher, to learn with him before I went to school. I skipped the annual family summer vacation. That entire year I focused deeply on preparing for this single examination so I could have a chance to attend IIT.
And at the end of the year, I was accepted. Having gotten into that university transformed my career options and brought many opportunities. This led me to think that in an average person’s education, one intensive year of extra learning opportunities can have a significant impact on their career. Through the work of FEA, I am seeking to provide that one year experience to as many people as possible, with the” hope that it will make a significant and lasting impact in their lives.