Skip directly to content

Remedial Program in Language and Mathematics for Ashram Schools in Junnar District

Supported by: 
Lupin Human Welfare & Research Foundation (LHWRF)
Status: 
Completed
Status Date: 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Location: 3 Ashram Schools in Junnar District ( Khatkale, Taleran, Muthalne)

Duration: July 2014 to December 2015 (18 Months)

Total Project Cost: Rs. 15, 74,000/-

Team: 1 Part-time senior Project Officer

1 Full time Project Associate

1 Part-time accountant

It is a common experience of teachers in upper primary that children find it difficult to grasp the mathematical concepts because of weak foundation. Teachers normally do not work on the basic concepts from grade 1 to 4 at upper primary level as the diagnostic remedial exercise is time consuming and a fairly specialized job. As a result the foundation of arithmetic remains weak forever. Similarly, for Language, children neither comprehend well nor can they express their ideas in their own words. Reading with Meaning and Self Expression are important skills, which help the children to know the subjects in upper primary.

To address this issue Lupin Foundation approached QUEST to extend their support for the children in Ashram Schools in Junnar District.

Outreach: Reaching out to 315 students from grade 5 to 7 through Saksham, A Remedial Program in Language and Mathematics

Objectives:

  • To enhance achievement levels of Grade 5 to 7 students in Language & Mathematics over the baseline.

  • To work closely with the teachers to enhance their skills in Language & Mathematic Instruction. To enhance achievement levels of the students in Language & Mathematics.

  • Establish Libraries and active library program in the schools.

To achieve these objectives QUEST is taking efforts to strengthen the capacities of the teachers through workshops and by providing continuous on-site support by the team of experts.

Components of the Project

  • Achievement Level TestingThe students of grades 5 to 7 will be administered a diagnostic test that would establish the baseline of achievement levels of the students in Math and Language. Based on the scores the students are grouped into 4 different groups according to their level (irrespective of grade) and appropriate input is provided to each group by the teachers.

  • Induction workshop and exposure visit for Headmasters and teachers: An Exposure visit to Sonale, a project site of QUEST where a model of multilevel teaching has been demonstrated is coupled with the initial input to the teachers on Literacy and Mathematics through a four-day induction workshop.

  • Workshops for TeachersDuring the project period, 3 more workshops of 3 days each will be conducted for the teachers for Language & basic Mathematics.

  • Regular On-site Support for Teachers : The teachers will work for 90 minutes per day according to the methodology developed by QUEST. Regular On-site support will be provided to the teachers by the experts by visiting each school for 8 to 10 days every month

  • School/classroom based library : A small library of graded readers will be set up in these Schools. As a part of literacy programme the persons providing onsite support will help the teachers to set up the libraries and also give inputs on running of the libraries.

  • Mid-term and End-term Assessment : A pre –post test model will be used for the assessment of impact. A database will be created and the progress of the program will be mapped regularly.