Schools lack infrastructure, commitment and accountability on part of the teachers and appropriate pedagogy that would support the children in building their competency levels, skills and capacities that would be useful in building a better future for one self. Also a large number of children are not able to access quality education and in most cases they drop out of schools due to linguistic barriers/ challenges. They belong to linguistic minority communities and they comprise children of many forest dwelling, adivasi/ tribal communities (a population of around 100 Million).
Quality education, delivered at scale, is the biggest challenge and researchers unanimously agree that a good teacher is the single most powerful predictor of student performance & development. Yet, we face a shortage of 9.1 million teachers internationally. Further, studies indicate up to 90% of existing teachers need re-skilling to adapt to the 21st century classroom. Poor classroom experience results in 480 million students dropping out before finishing secondary school. There is a global need to improve quality of our teachers.
There is a significant population of children in rural areas, growing up in disadvantageous circumstances. Schools in this area are characterized by a multilingual society posing a great challenge for the education of children. The spoken language at home is different from medium of instruction in schools for these children. The pedagogy does not have ample scope to explore alternate learning spaces leading to lack of innovative and sensitive approaches to support the children to cope up with linguistic gaps. This has severely affected basic learning skills within the children and reflects in the poor competency levels (reading, writing, arithmetic and life skills) among these children.
AEA proposes an intervention, through which steps are taken to bring teachers and children in rural areas out of ignorance by arming them with information and education, through the use of computers, e-learning and other modern technologies. The project will promote NICT for Education and will initiate experiments to simplify and popularize its use among teachers in government schools thus enhancing learning outcomes of children. Further this intervention helps children (multi tribal groups) for smooth language transition (from mother tongue to the language of instruction in school).
To ensure quality learning for children through quality teaching with the support of information technology
KEY FOCUS AREAS
Project supported by
Childaid Network is a charitable foundation for children in need.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
Pranab Panging - Regional Manager - Guwahati Regional Office, AEAI South Asia
Mobile: +91 – 94355 40587
Kankana Borah - Program Officer - Guwahati Regional Office, AEAI South Asia
Mobile: +91 – 94353 07052
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