Education is the trump card.
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To evolve models of meaningful, relevant & holistic education for communities that currently have limited access, specifically women, youth and adolescents.
Over the next 5 years, we aim to train 5,000 youth and women to be self-aware and access sustainable livelihood opportunities
“Education is freedom" - Paulo Freire
At 25%, the female labour force participation rate in India is one of the lowest in the world. The percentage of women entrepreneurs is an abysmal 14% and in the next generation, 45% young women are not in education, employment or training. We believe that education and economic empowerment hold the key to improving the quality of life of women in India.
Entrepreneurship Training with incubation support
Technical Training with placement assistance.
Leadership Training for women wanting to step into or move ahead in the workforce.
Online & Blended Learning Platform with content & UI customized exclusively for women with limited literacy.
Among women from low-income households, 85 % have not gone to college & more than
50 % have not completed grade 10. Our focus is on them.
Youth & Adolescents
India's growth story hinges on its large youth population, with 65% of Indians being under 35 years old.
But only 5% of these youth are formally skilled and more than half of youth will leave secondary school without acquiring the skills needed for a decent job. They are also aware of just 7 out of the 250 career pathways available. Additionally, they are unable to access relevant employment opportunities with 90% of colleges not having fully functioning placement cells.
Future Skills Training
Career Guidance & Mentoring
Placement Linked Training
We are happy to support organisations in designing, planning & implementing their education and skill development programs.
Marketing & Communications
Proposal & Report Writing
External & Internal Communications
Training of Trainers
Team Upskilling & Retreats
Travel Exposure Workshops
Who We Are
Having worked together in the development space as a team for the last many years, we decided to start up an initiative to deepen our work in education for the under-served communities. And as we do that - we hope to build an organisation that reflects the values that we three share - Joy, Excellence and Generosity. Ikka Learning is a platform for this endeavour.
Meet the Team
Founder & CEO
Sruthi is a development professional with 17 years of experience - 10 of these years in the education, skilling, and livelihood space.
An MBA graduate from Hyderabad Central University, she then obtained a Masters in Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia.
She worked for Indian School Of Business (ISB) and DuPont in Hyderabad, before becoming a Teach for India fellow, where she gained grassroots experience in the education sector.
During her eight year stint at Access Livelihoods, she was instrumental in designing, developing and implementing a 2-year Social Entrepreneurship Programme - “Transforming India Initiative” (in partnership with TISS & IRMA) and a mini-MBA programme for rural women (in partnership with UNDP & GIZ). Her last held role at Access Livelihoods was as the CEO of the learning foundation.
Co-Founder & COO
Kishore is a development professional with 14 years experience in youth mobilization, skilling and livelihood space.
An MCA Graduate from Osmania University, he was certified by NIMSME, Hyderabad as a professional trainer in Entrepreneurship.
He has worked for organizations like Cooperative Development Foundation and Access Livelihoods and led Entrepreneurship & Intrapreneurship initiatives for unemployed youth and marginalized women.
During his seven-year stint at Access Livelihoods, he led Agri Retail Management Programme (in partnership with Coromandel International Limited) and Agri Entrepreneurship Programme (in partnership with MANAGE). His last held role at Access Livelihoods was as the head of short term skilling initiatives under the learning foundation.
Aditya is a development professional with 6+ years of experience in education, skilling and livelihood space.
A BBA Graduate from Osmania University, Hyderabad, he then obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Facilitating Governance Reforms from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
He was a Teach For India fellow where he taught 6th graders and 3rd graders - 1 year each in an urban and rural setting. After this, he was the school leader of a rural school in Telangana for 2 years.
During his 2+ year stint at Access Livelihoods, he was responsible for managing a 2-year Social Entrepreneurship Programme - “Transforming India Initiative” (in partnership with TISS & IRMA), which involved mentoring graduate youth in going through 6 months of class room training and in setting up new initiatives in 18 months for a partner social enterprise as a part of their practicum.