India has achieved near universal enrolment rates, and in 2018, nearly 97.2% of the school going age population was enrolled in school. Yet the education sector is facing a crisis, and learning outcomes remain very poor, especially in Government schools. Over 70% of students in Class 3 lack basic reading and mathematics skills, which form the basis of all future learning. Additionally, students lack curiosity and critical thinking abilitiesThese poor outcomes stay with students throughout their lives, and limit their future opportunities and success.
A 6-year teaching program in partnership with Government Schools to teach English and create safe learning spaces in classrooms across India.
Magic Classroom on Television
In partnership with SCERT Maharashtra, the Foundation’s ‘English’ classroom is televised across Maharashtra on DD Sahyadri. These video-based classrooms are based on our unique teaching approach and are aligned with the state’s Balbharti textbooks and curriculum.
Online teaching sessions with students of 7th and 8th standard to ensure continuity of learning during these crucial academic years.
From Our Student’s Desk
Hi, my name is Trivika. I am going to Std. 9. I had gone to meet my relatives in my hometown, Benaras. I really enjoyed meeting them and spending time with them. The next day, my father and relatives were talking about my studies. My father called me and asked me what I want to become when I grow up. I replied in English that I hadn’t decided. My relatives were astonished that I could express myself so well in English, and my grandmother wanted to know where I had learnt to speak. I told them that I had learnt English from my Pehlay Akshar Didi, who teaches us, talks to us and tells us stories in English.
I am Siddhi Kadam. I had once gone with my mother to her workplace. Everyone there spoke among themselves in English, but they spoke to me in Hindi. They thought I didn’t know how to speak English. But when they asked me questions in Hindi, I surprised them by answering in English. I was very happy to explain to them that I had been learning English from my Pehlay Akshar teacher since Std. 4. Now I’m going to Std. 8 and I will keep learning.