Why: The bigger picture
When you consider that 85% of children in India study in government schools, it becomes obvious that any meaningful effort to improve the quality of education in our country has to start here.
Fortunately, it has: Central and state government initiatives have improved accessibility, facilities and teaching standards in public schools. But with a rapidly growing population of children of school-going age, it is apparent that a great deal more has to be achieved…and achieved quickly. But there are limitations on how much the government can do. Realising this, many state governments—of which the Karnataka government is a forerunner—have launched initiatives in which they partner with NGOs to nurture schools and enhance learning outcomes.
WHAT: Our role in the effort
We are one of the pioneers to be involved in this cause. Working in collaboration with state governments, we have created a replicable model that improves learning levels in the public education system in rural and semi-urban areas. This makes education more genuinely holisitic. Which, in turn, makes the process of learning truly enjoyable.
WHEN & WHERE: Tracking our growth
We began our efforts in a few schools in Karnataka. Today, we impact on 400 schools in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Between 2009-12, we hope to extend our efforts to 1000 schools and their approximately 150,000 children.
HOW: Methods and modalities
Most of the signature initiatives of the program came up through interaction with the kids and the teachers; accordingly they are based on a commonsense approach to the issues involved. The best of these ideas are then put to test and fine-tuned in a few representative schools, before being implemented statewide.
We achieve our goals through careful planning and consultation, constant review and the employment of professional tools like quantitative targets and time schedules.