Nalanda Resource Center

Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world- Nelson Mandela , Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire - William Butler Yeats,   I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework - Edith Ann, [Lily Tomlin] ,    The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn - Alvin Toffler ,       Nine tenths of education is encouragement - Anatole France ,       All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth - Aristotle ,         Creativity is a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual - Arthur Koestler ,          The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men - Bill Beattie ,      A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops - Henry B. Adams

LEARNING HUB & SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
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Strengthening RTE act implementation through learning hubs)

The introduction of RTE in 2009 had a definite and ever lasting impact on the education scenario in India. However, while the education scenario and scope of NGO interventions changed grossly in the post RTE days, it left a gap in the situation and needs to be filled. Scope thus emerged for NGOs to gradually develop newer models of intervention in the changed scenario and Nalanda rose to the task through certain initiatives.

Idea and Concept
Nalanda as a Resource Centre has experienced in the field of education that specially in rural areas children to complete their school education come in contact with various type of institutions like govt/pvt schools, Madarsa, or any NGO run school.  Generally, it has been observed that parents or children select the institution on the basis of such factors as their own convenience, or quality of education in that particular institution. In that case it becomes necessary that to improve the quality of education in all those institutions which are present around the child, or where the child is going to or may go to pursue his education.

One more fact is, that, in rural areas there are zero or near to zero opportunities for children to learn other than opportunities of school learning. Hence it becomes difficult for them to get an overall development of their personalities. In addition to this, it is an important issue that how to inculcate attributes like constitutional values, free and fearless speaking, independently thinking, imagination, creativity, sensitivity, learning on his own and using the learning in practice.    

Taking above facts in consideration, Nalanda has developed Learning Hubs which are useful and instrumental in school improvement programme.

Learning Hubs provide bridge courses that allow age and class appropriate learning skills to enrolled children so that they may continue education in such classes in government or private RTE compliant schools. At the same time these hubs have library facilities and reading corners that improve their horizon of learning and also improve their language skills.

Besides, creative exercises would also be carried out in these hubs based on the potential of the children so that they may realize their talents. Thus these hubs are both concentrated on academic and non-cognitive skill building of children.

It may be noted that they would be RTE compliant centres in that they won’t be replacement education centres to government schools but would be in addition to them. While a larger part of these hubs would cater to both boys and girls in the age group of 6-14 years, some of them would also cater to girls alone.

Achievement Board
In the three states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand combined, Nalanda runs 10 learning hubs. Of these, 5 hubs are in Uttar Pradesh, 3 are in Bihar and 2 in Jharkhand. Approximately 450 children have been mainstreamed through these hubs and approximately 1000 children are benefitting from the hubs in the three states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand combined. Through these hubs children whose learning levels were age inappropriate have now done remedial classes and been successfully mainstreamed to age and class appropriate learning levels.  Keeping in view the special training need of the children as mentioned in RTE act for age and class appropriate competencies, Nalanda has designed subject specific learning materials for class 1 to 3. Nalanda has specially designed tools to understand the learning competency of a child in various subjects. These tools are put to use while selecting a child for the hub since these are need based institutions and the child with greater need gap is given greater preference. The tools also play a key role in assessing the learning level of a child after he/she has been at the hub for some time and thus enable mainstreaming of the child.

 

 

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