Join us in bridging the learning and developmental gaps in mainstream classrooms |Samait Shala

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The Problem Statement:

Although Primary school enrollment is at an all time high in India (92.3%, 2013), learning
levels are consistently low. As shown from the most recent ASER report (2018), there are still only about 50% of standard 5 children who can read a standard 2 level text. The reading levels of class 3, which was assessed by the ability to read Class 2 textbook is only 27%.

Due to various factors such as, teacher skills gap and thecontinued use of traditional teaching methods, the current system isn’tsupportive in ensuring all children in the classroom are participating in learning. These struggles are further exacerbated in low-income households, are choosing to educate their children in English medium schools. Thus forcing children to live in a non-native language which they typically have very limited exposure to. Children who are not able to succeed in primary school will eventually be forced to drop out of the system and contribute to the country’s already high dropout rates.

Solutions we are working on:

A. Systemic Intervention Program (Whole school Intervention)

B. Svavriti (Activity based learning kits)

C. Book Nook (Library Program)

A. Systemic Intervention Program (SIP)

WHAT: Samait Shala works to make class room space inclusive for children with all abilities. Through our Systemic Intervention Approach over a 3 year period, we have deep focus on students learning outcomes, building capacity of in-service teachers, empowering parents and stronger implementation of the same on ground.

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B. Svavriti Program

Svavriti means self-reliance and that is exactly what this project aims to develop in our students. Every child is born different and has different abilities. However, most of the learning that happens in mainstream classrooms is skewed towards linguistic learners. This excludes the students who may take a little more time to grasp and understand new concepts. These students more often than not are termed “slow learners” at best and this
becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Through Svavriti, we want to break this cycle by providing all students with opportunities to re-engage with learning outcomes in a more visual and engaging method every week.

WHAT: Svavriti designs whole class reinforcement learning material, aligned to the NCERT
learning outcomes for the respective grades. The learning kits are designed to be:

- Self-explanatory with children friendly instructions

- cater to multiple intelligences such as linguistic, visual and kinesthetic

- promote peer learning among students

HOW: Currently, Svavriti strives to make learning kits for Grade 2 to 5. The learning kits are placed in the mainstream classroom. The students use these kits once a week in pairs or in small groups. We provide the school with a 32 week plan of how to use the kits in the classroom. Monthly support is provided to teachers to brainstorm and address their queries on effective utilization of the learning kits.

C. Book Nook

WHAT: The school library program is at the core of effective learning and plays a vital role in collaborative planning and curriculum development aligned to NCERT learning outcome serving all grade levels, ages and content areas. The mission of the school library program is to ensure that students and teachers are effective users of ideas and information.

How: Book Nook conducts library session in different grades weekly by designing session modules. The sessions are conducted and co-facilitated with the school teachers in the library period of the school.

Certificates: 12A, 80G (Donation to this Campaign is eligible for 50% tax exemption for Indian donors.), FCRA (for international donors)

Our Media Coverage: The Huffington Post ; DNA India ; The Better India

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