As a part of fellowship at Teach for India, I feel excited and privileged to spend the next two years,with 32 cute little monsters in this little classroom of Mata Ramabai Ambedkar School, a government school in Pune catering to low income families. The project aims to make the best of the 6 hours spent in school by these kids. and to create experiential learning, beyond textbooks.
The funds would be used for:
1. Daily Worksheets (Rs 60,000 for the next 12 months) - The average cognitive level of my students is at pre-primary level (senior KG). Struggling to read, understand and write anything at their grade level, these students are being taught from the basic level to reduce the educational gap. The class as a whole, understands a concept, but find it difficult to express. Instead of making them copy something from the black board, the funds would be used over the next six months, to provide them with worksheets to push their thinking and drive them to become excellent readers, thinkers and writers, one step at time.
Every day, I provide them with almost 5 worksheets.Currently is however an expensive affair. ( 5 worksheets per day x Rs. 1.5 x 31 kids x 26 days ) = Rs. 6045 per Month.
2. Set up a mini library (Rs 10,000 – approx 100 books)- To boost the reading and develop interest in stories at this age, I aim to set up a mini library by the end of March 2015.
3. Extra Class Logistics ( Rs 10,000 for the next six months) -My class has 32 students, ranged over various cognitive level. Some strive to write alphabets correctly, some can read them and some are able to read basics sentences properly. In order to give directed attention to the students at various levels, 2015 aims to reduce the gap by conducting differentiated extra classes for each level of students.
- Extra class venue- Funds would be required for renting a place to conduct the same in future.
- Extra class logistics- Funds would be used to support the everyday travel to/from extra class.
4. Field Trip (200*32*2=Rs. 12800)- The field trip ( twice in a year), aims to provide kids with an opportunity to take learning beyond classrooms.
UPDATE 31st March 2015
Thank you everyone for the contributions! We have exceeded our set goal and are prepared to start strong next year. We have located a low cost copy shop near our school which is going to help us with the logistics of printing worksheets in bulk. Here is a video by our superheroes expressing our gratitude to all the didis and bhaiyas who have contributed to our make our classrooms better. What goes around comes around - here is some love back to all you lovely people!