Work with children inside the school
One might think that bringing a child into the school system is the most important. However, recent studies, survey results and our own experiences are showing that enrolment into schools is just the beginning. Even in places where children were already enrolled in schools, it was found that the learning levels were low, rate of drop-outs was high and transition from primary to upper primary schools was bare minimum.
These findings brought forth many questions.
Why are they not attending schools regularly?
Why are their learning levels still low?
Why are they not being able to comprehend what the teacher is teaching?
We, along with our partners, then started working towards answering these questions and addressing them in a unique manner. It was essential to keep in mind that the children in question were not urban children, not even rural… these were the children from the most marginalized and remote areas of India. To work with these children we needed a different approach, a different perspective and a unique customized course of action.
Here are the strategies we are currently using in pre-primary and primary government schools to ensure that children take an active part in their own learning and are eager to continue formal school education. This will eventually lead to increased learning levels among children.