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Project for pedagogic improvement in 100 rural government elementary schools.

Target beneficiaries: 15000 children (6 to 14 years  for quality elementary education)

Objectives:

The primary objective of the project to improve reading, writing and arithmetic skills of children of primary grades (1 to 5) and develop child-friendly classroom environment, self-learning material in rural government schools by improving pedagogic processes.

The specific objectives are :

  • To carry out a quick baseline(Children’s Competency Assessment) to understand the level of reading, writing and arithmetic skills of students in classes I to V in 100 schools;
  • To develop the norms and material of visually rich print display for classroom environment;
  • To carry out a transitional programme through padded rhymes and clap rhymes for building vocabulary in school language (Hindi) and foreign language (English);
  • To organize Supplementary-to-textbook activities for grades one and two for developing Reading, Writing and Basic arithmetic skills through cards and teacher-made material / charts;
  • To systematize reading and phonic activities through the strategies of (i) readers’ theatre; (ii) loud-reading; (iii) buddy-reading; and (iv) silent reading through 16-paged booklet for each of these strategies for classes one and two;
  • To find the impact of the intervention in the experimental 100 schools and carry forward the intervention through verification to scaling up in 300 schools (in three years).

Project partners:

  • CULP - implementing partner in 100 schools in 70 revenue villages in Niwai block of Tonk district
  • Aide et Action - Funding partner;
  • Collaborating with Government programme / SSA

Planned Activities

  • Capacity building of project staff and Local Education Volunteers for hand-holding support to teachers in School;
  • Conducting Child Competency Assessments (pre-test in the beginning of the academic session and post test in the end of the academic session in project schools;
  • Developing locally relevant teaching learning material by organizing workshops with teachers which can be effectively used for dealing multi-level learning and multi-grade situation in rural government schools. This facilitates accelerated and peer learning among the students.
  • Providing hand-holding academic support to teachers in school for conducting continuous and comprehensive evaluation, preparing profiles / port-folios of students, child-centric teaching plan so every child could get opportunity to learn at her own pace.
  • Reflective Workshops for sharing best practices and developing vision of teachers for innovations and action researches.
  • Formation and Strengthening Children’s Groups and Adolescent Girls Forums and imparting Life skills.
  • Orientation of School Management Committees (SMCs) and PRIs for effective Compliance of Right to Education Act and creating Child Friendly environment in school.
  • Organizing workshop with Teachers and members of SMC and PRIs for developing Comprehensive Plan for village Education (CP4E) / School Development Plan (SDP) and ensuring community participation in school for effective implementation and monitoring of the CP4E / SDP.
  • Organizing Bal Melas and Balika Mahotsav.