About the Project
This project is one of the 2010 WISE Awards finalists.
Naandi provides focussed academic support, or “tuition”, to children in Grades 2 to 5 in government primary schools in five Indian states (Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra), using a new learning template involving young facilitators and grade-specific lesson plans that enable hundreds of thousands of children to improve their skills. Learning levels improve by 25-30% annually, many students receive top grades in competitive exams, and attendance rates increase by 30-40%.
With this programme, Naandi Foundation has taken over part or full responsibility for providing educational input for children in over 1,700 government schools and ensures that all children – including marginalised minorities, Dalits and tribals – actually learn.
The programme is headed by management professionals and senior educational experts, and staffed by a field supervisor and locally recruited youth, called Community Activists, who tutor the children. The children’s parents and government schoolteachers are also integral components of the programme’s delivery mechanism.
Naandi’s Ensuring Children Learn programme has made it possible for young people to realise their dreams of leading a respectable and productive life in regions where violence and unethical means of making money are increasingly becoming the only option.