Step 2: “Safe to Fail”

As students start to attend and to participate, Sikshana works to create a psychological safe space. The intent is to give students enough confidence to engage deeper by attempting a difficult or embarrassing learning activity even if there is a risk of failure. For example, a class 7 child learning long division (a class 3 skills) for the first time should feel confident enough to attempt learning the skill, even at the risk of mockery by peers.

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How It Works

Peer-teaching is a research-backed intervention that helps create a collaborative environment. Most students in each class have understood at least one concept and are therefore in a position to share their knowledge. This complements the efforts of the teacher and increases learning time. Peer-teaching groups typically find 30-45 minutes everyday either before school hours or during recess.

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“Peer teaching happens everyday in school from 12PM to 1PM. Students have not only been working on mathematics and reading [as part of] Sikshana’s programmes but also on other subjects that they find challenging, particularly English”

– Prema, Head Mistress, G.H.P.S. Hulibele.