India is close to achieving universal enrolment for children of elementary school age. More and more children are coming to school and staying in school longer. Schooling for all is becoming a reality even in remote villages. But what about learning? Available data shows that even after five years of school, only half of all children are able to read texts at Grade 2 level or solve simple subtraction problems correctly.
To help primary school children acquire reading and arithmetic skills, Pratham runs “learning camps”. These are intensive bursts of activity during which children (in Grades 3 to 5) are grouped by their current reading level (not by their grade), Appropriate activities and materials help children to move quickly from one group to the next one. In a period of 30 to 40 days or 3-4 camps of 10 days each (3 hours a day), the majority of children are able to read basic text fluently and confidently do arithmetic operations. Pratham’s approach is often referred to as “teaching-at-the-right-level”. This model has been rigorously evaluated and shown to result in significant, substantial, and durable learning gains for children of this age group. This approach has also been adopted by government systems in India with very promising results.
This video is a real story from a village in Masuda (Ajmer district in Rajasthan, India). It is about a girl called Meera and her teacher, Mohanlal, who taught her to read in a Pratham Learning Camp some years ago. What changed in Meera's life and how is she doing 6 years later? Does she remember her teacher? Watch this video to find out more.
Cross-posted with permission from Pratham. Special thanks to Dr Rukmini Banerji (RISE Intellectual Leadership Team member and CEO of Pratham) for sharing this video at a recent RISE Intellectual Leadership Team meeting.