Aidha’s Platform Of Success
From the moment our students begin their journey at Aidha, they gain access to a platform that supports their personal growth and fosters a positive transformation, significantly improving their chances of success. We call this process the Platform of Success (POS).
Aidha’s Platform of Success is built through Aidha’s workshops, clubs and courses, where students become literate in Information and Communication Technology (ICT), learn how to manage their income, and boost their confidence and social capital.
Who are our students?
As of May 2013, our students come from neighboring countries in South East Asia
- The Philippines, 45%
- Indonesia 43%
- Myanmar 8%
- India 2%
- Sri Lanka 2%
Incoming students bring to aidha a “fund of knowledge” often comprised of
Motivation to learn. Hardworking and brave, they arrive in Singapore in search of a better life for themselves and their families at home.
- Great networking skills. This helps them create a tight community and a network of mutual support as soon as they start our courses and workshops.
- Practical life skills. These often help them decide the type of business or investment they want to start once they complete our program.
- A short-term mindset. Economic adversity and the difficulty of daily life have made it hard for them to plan for the future.
- Financial stress. Family needs, unpaid debt or unplanned spending makes it hard for them to make ends meet.
- Communication and confidence issues that at first hinder learning and achievement.
At Aidha, we give students the tools to become literate in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). ICT Literacy offers a lot more than computer skills: it is a vehicle of digital inclusion. With access to the resources of the World Wide Web, students can add to their knowledge and gain important skills that will help them in all spheres of their lives.
- Connectivity: Approximately half of our students had never been on the Internet and slightly less than 30 percent had no access to a computer. At aidha, they gain access to the World Wide Web and learn to use computers for social and business purposes.
- Meta-cognitive skills: ICT literacy helps our students become more aware of what they already know, of what they are learning and how they can use their skills to improve their well-being. This helps aidha students discover new goals and objectives in life, and to identify what they need to do to accomplish those goals.
- Problem solving skills: ICT literacy also helps our students become more creative about problem solving. By going online, they can find the best ways to manage their money, find travel deals, and obtain the latest information about markets, supply and demand, and other aspects of starting a business.
At Aidha, students become financially capable as they learn to save money, to make productive investments, and even to start a small business of their own. Here are some figures about our students and graduates:
- 100% of students save an average of $250 per month.
- 97% of students have bank accounts.
- 89% of students save monthly or every other month.
- 91% of students save for something specific.
- 66% of aidha graduates have invested in property, livestock or other income-generating activity.
- 23% of aidha graduates have started their own business during and after their time at aidha.
- 9 in 10 of these businesses support the owner’s family either partially or in full.
“At Aidha, we design our courses based on the needs we observe in our students. This is how, during the initial stages of our program, we noticed that students struggled with self-confidence and that prevented them from saving, investing and planning for a business. Our surveys showed, indeed, low levels of self-esteem. We then decided to add courses where they could develop a can-do mindset and dare to pursue a goal’” – Veronica Gamez, Executive Director
Our courses and workshops give our students the tools that help them overcome obstacles that often come from tough living conditions and traumatic experiences. Our peer-support approach is effective in building self-esteem and assertiveness among our students. These skills also help them to communicate better.
Aidha is more than a school. We are a community with a strong sense of membership and belonging. At aidha, we understand social capital as an important resource that our students obtain from social relations.
Aidha students build social capital when they start building positive relationships with their mentors and other students. Together we build networks of mutual support.
Social capital at aidha is also a vehicle of learning. This happens when our students share the saving and money-management skills they learn at aidha with their children, families and friends. Also, our students and graduates are becoming more active in their own communities, whether by volunteering, teaching, or helping to improve the schools and hospitals in their own neighborhoods.
What an alumni gains from aidha
Aidha alumni have been able to transform
- Their dreams into real projects that will provide options for a better future.
- Their skills into enterprises and investments that will help support their families and revitalise their communities.
- A short-term mindset into proactive planning that fulfills short-term demands while building for the future.
- Financial stress into practical budgeting that will help make their lives financially stable.
- Low self-esteem into assertiveness and confidence that enables them to interact more effectively.