In Rajasthan, over 60 children wait for their recess. The school which has just three teachers, has two of them absent today. First is “not well” and the second, who happens to be the head teacher, left early for she had “work to do”. None of the children are learning much. Sophisticated Poetry textbooks are kept before students who are unable to read simple English sentences.
The scenario is a little different upstairs. Rekha Gurjar, from Pratham, asks children to come to the blackboard and read a line of text. She asks questions, and hands shoot up. Just by changing the school syllabus to a level at which students are comfortable, Pratham’s high-intensity “learning camps” has helped teach basic language and maths to several students in 40 days. “You have to start where children are,” added Rishi Rajvanshi, head of Pratham’s office in Rajasthan, “not where you wish they were.” Read more…
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