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Training and onsite support to teachers

One of the main reasons for children’s inability to cope with school subjects is lack of awareness among teachers regarding their students’ specific learning needs and how to address them. In order to address this problem at its roots, QUEST aims at strengthening teachers’ theoretical orientation as well as their literacy and math pedagogy. Teachers’ involvement is central to the implementation of Saksham. 
Teachers of the students undergoing remediation are trained through workshops aiming at enhancing their theoretical orientation and pedagogic skill. After each workshop, the teachers are expected to put the ideas into practice in their classrooms. Each workshop is followed by sustained and intensive onsite support to each teacher by QUEST’s trained persons. These persons observe the teachers’ classrooms, give them feedback, demonstrate lessons in the classroom and help the teachers in troubleshooting. 
Onsite support is a crucial aspect for ensuring success of Saksham because translating an idea into practice in the classroom is a challenging task for teachers and is often not achievable without field-level guidance from an expert. This guidance is provided by QUEST’s Shikshak Mitras in a sustained manner. The Shikshak Mitras monitor the lessons of the teachers, give them feedback, help them with troubleshooting and thus ensure adequate implementation of the programme.