Why is it important?

Why is it important?

In spite of widespread enrolment, school education has continued to suffer from poor learning outcomes. It’s often been pointed out that a significant percentage of children studying  in higher elementary classes lack the basic language and arithmetic skills of Standard I and II. Reading has so far remained passive in the school curriculum. There’s still much emphasis on rote-based learning. Public school set up doesn’t seem to nurture creativity. The early childhood interventions too have remained neglected for far too long.

There’s a vital need to adopt and integrate child-centric curriculum and pedagogy into public school systems. Investing in efforts to improve the learning levels is important because it:

  • makes schooling a more fruitful experience,
  • builds foundation for skill based training,
  • fosters joy of learning,
  • bridges the inequality prevalent for accessing good learning opportunities and, paves the way forward in collaborating with teachers.

What are the priority areas for action?

For large-scale systemic change in public school system, there needs to be a greater focus on initiatives that work outside as well as within the school system.

  • Pre-school: Pre-school learning offers positive impacts on a child’s learning capabilities. Non-profit organizations can assist in curriculum design and capacity building of local facilitators.
  • Primary: A clear emphasis on reading through the primary classes is essential to give children a solid foundation for school learning. Social organizations can design targeted interventions at improving reading, writing and basic arithmetic skills.
  • Upper Primary: Scientific skills like analytical and conceptual thinking, problem solving are more than crucial. Besides, it’s really important to nurture children’s creative capabilities and provide occasions for self-expression. Social organizations can be instrumental in sparking curiosity and nurturing creativity among students.

How has Parivartan been driving change on the ground?

Parivartan has worked towards establishing and sustaining an engaging, creative and scientifically inspired learning environment for students as well as teachers. Such a space is created through different initiatives — Baal Ghar Aangan, a formal set-up meant for the 3-6 age group that has established pre-primary education model which is being implemented in close working with the Aanganwadi Centres of the nearby villages; Baal Ghar Kislay, also a formal set-up meant for primary school students (age group 7-11) that’s facilitating conceptual understanding through language and craft activities; Vigyaan Shala, a hands-on science space and Gharaunda, an illustrations gallery space meant for upper primary school students (age group 11-13) for inquisitive and creative learning; Jharokha, an English learning center using technology for teaching.

Additionally, Parivartan undertakes the following interventions in communities and schools to enhance learning levels:

  • empower AWCs sewikas with tools and understanding to shape the culture and performance of Aanganwadi Centers,
  • ensure school environment adopts innovative learning practices and, engage community in underlining the importance of reading and activity based learning.

A good collection of story books and accessible computer facilities adds further to Parivartan’s inspired learning environment. Through the two newsletters published by Parivartan, viz. Hamar Angna, a biannual newsletter covering its early childhood education initiatives and Chahekne Ki Lalak, a bimonthly children’s newspaper, the spirit of learning has been able to affect larger audiences.

Several organizations like Eklavya, Jodo Gyan and Kilkari have come along to co-design the curriculum and lessons.

How can you support the cause?

  • Share your own experiences and learnings with children and/or teachers,
  • Talk to us to explore opportunities to partner,
  • Collaborate with us on designing pedagogy.