Who do we teach?
We teach children living in orphanages, slums and village communities. Most of these children go to state run schools and benefit from our programmes during the weekends. Volunteers are allotted to centres near their homes.
Why do we have to teach these under-privileged children?
Our own experience and research like the ASER surveys show the quality of education in state run schools leave much to be desired. Bhumi’s programmes are supplementing the gaps in their school education.
How often do Bhumi classes happen?
Bhumi classes happen twice a week, generally on every Saturday and Sunday. A Volunteer is required to come regularly on a particular day to a particular centre through the year.
Why do volunteers have to be below the age of 30 for the educational projects?
Our programmes are designed to be interesting; activity based and requires high energy levels from the volunteer teachers. It is also important that the children do not identify the volunteers as teachers they say through the week but as brothers/sisters … mentors … role-models.
What is the curriculum?
The curriculum is in-line with the learning needs of the child and their respective school syllabi. We have developed activity based curriculum to integrate best pedagogical practices of several organisations of excellence. The lesson plans have carefully been structured to suit the individual needs of the children while making learning interesting.
Is there any training conducted for the volunteers?
Yes, volunteers are trained in pedagogy, classroom management and content delivery. The trainings happen at the beginning of the academic year and once every 3-4 months.
How do we track the progress of each child?
The progress of every child is assessed through baseline, modular and end line assessments apart. Feedback from volunteers, care-takers and scores at school are additional inputs.
How successful is the current model?
The current model has been fairly effective in increasing the learning levels and sustaining the interest in children. The levels are approaching education levels of private schools as seen in the ASER surveys.