AID each students through learning events and skill

                                               AID
India

AID INDIA is a non-profit organization,
founded in 1996, by a group of IIT and BITS alumni who quit corporate careers
to work on various development initiatives. Over the last 20 years, AID INDIA
has worked with several thousand schools, village communities and other NGOs to
bring about improvements in learning quality of children, in Tamil reading,
Math and Science. Our work has deeply impact on the lives of 2 million
children.

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Vision:

Aid India empowers
communities, particularly the marginalized, to break the cycle of generational
poverty and become self-reliant by providing support for quality education,
health care and shelter.

Mission:

AID India focuses on
three main mission to achieve a desired peak in education provided to the rural
children both in private as well as government schools

·        
To ensure quality education for every
children.

·        
To envision every child in every village,
to get their best education

·        
To make them achieve his/her full
potential, and is ready to face the world with confidence

 

Purpose:

Several studies conducted by ASER (Annual Status
of Education Report) have repeatedly highlighting the serious of gaps and poor
quality education especially in areas such as Fundamental calculations in
Mathematics and English speaking skills of students in rural areas of Tamil
Nadu in both Government as well as Private institutes. This is especially true
in terms of students from 1st Standard to 8th Standard
who even lack the basic of Mathematical calculations such as Addition,
Subtraction, Multiplication and Division.

Aid India believes that every child has the same
potential and the right for a bright future. Good quality education is crucial
for social change. Trying to bring about a visible change in quality of
education through our work in education, health and restructuring houses is the
main mission of AID India.

Approaches:

Aid India works based on
four major approaches

·        
Model Schools

·        
After school Centres

·        
In school programs, and

·        
Technology in Education

 

 

Model Schools

The two eureka schools
(Eureka Nursery and Primary schools) were founded with the vision to provide
high quality affordable education to children. Dedicated outcome oriented approach
and child friendly approach makes learning at eureka schools both fun and
effective.

After school centres:

The Eureka after school
centres with clearly defined learning goals were formed with the help of
trained tutors and locally appointed education mentors conduct daily classes.
They provide individual attention to each students through learning events and
skill achievement meals.

In school programs:

In school programs
involving activities and tasks aimed to improve the quality of learning in
schools with the help of learning material and training provided to teachers.
Workbook and worksheet given to each students in order to build skills. Skill
tracking and regular assessment are done to ensure that learning goals are met.

Technology in Education:

Eureka tab lab helps the children
in middle and high schools to develop the skills that are expected at their
grade levels. Children learn Math, English and Science through concept videos
and practice on graded apps that allow them to learn independently at their own
pace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eureka Milestone

1996: Women and
children’s Health and village education centres

AID
India begin its operation on 1996 in partnership with Tamil Nadu Science Forum
with the focus to improve the health and to reduce malnutrition level among
Children, pregnant women and young mother

With
a focus on 600 villages, Adolescent health classes and sessions for women were
conducted in each village. At the same time, the Makkal Palli Iyakkam (People’s
School Movement) program started in 200 villages. The idea behind this effort
was to mobilize communities, including parents, to educate their children.

Highly
motivated volunteers ran these centres from the community, who conducted fun
activities for children regularly.

 

2000: Volunteer chapters

Aid
India’s volunteer movement had gathered momentum by the year 2000. Volunteer
chapters were started in Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi.

2001: Science club and
Demo classes:

Aid
India’s Science clubs and Demonstration classes formed in 2001 were conducted to
clear misconceptions and help them understand science instead of learning laws
by rote.

2002 – 2004: Eureka Books
and Eureka Library movement

In
2005, Eureka Books was started to ensure that children in rural areas have
access to good learning resources. Cartoon books in Science and Math, Science
concept booklets, bi-lingual storybooks and other attractive materials were distributed
through village stalls, book fairs and schools.

In
2004, “Eureka Library Movement”, the innovative ‘Library in a bag’ initiative
was launched. The initiative launched a reading movement where children were
able to get access to books at their own villages. With simple story cards and
easy-to-read graded storybooks, the Eureka library bag was a huge hit among
children.

 

2005: Tsunami Relief

Tsunami
relief was formed in 2005, after Tsunami struck the shores of Tamil Nadu on
December 2004. Aid India’s Tsunami relief was inaugurated with relief materials
and nearly 1000 volunteers poured in everyday from all over the world. Truckloads
of relief supplies were sent to around 1,00,000 people covering about 97
villages in Cuddalore, Nagapattinam and Kanchipuram districts of Tamil Nadu.

Aid
India also organized health camps, health awareness sessions for women and
classes for children at the relief camps. After a few months, as people slowly
limped back to re-building their lives, Aid India decided to stay and work with
them in the same blocks to ensure long-term improvement in health and
education.

 

2006: Eureka Nursery and
Primary Schools

The
two modern schools, Eureka Nursery and Primary Schools, was formed by Eureka Aid
India in collaboration with Banca Sella with the vision of providing high
quality affordable education to rural children.

Children
enrolled in Eureka Schools mostly belong to poor families residing in rural
parts of Tamil Nadu.

 

2007: Padippum Inikkum
Tamil Reading Skills Program

Aid
India implemented the Padippum Inikkum Tamil reading program in 7,300 schools.
More than 10,000 Govt. school teachers were trained and attractive learning
materials were provided for children. The main aspects of the program were:

·        
Children were grouped according to their
reading levels

·        
Colorful story posters and attractive
materials were given to motivate children to read.

·        
Teachers were trained on level-specific
group activities.

·        
Daily one hour of focused class was taken
by the teacher for the children lagging behind.

·        
Childrens progress was assessed every
month.

·        
The pilot program showed that given a
clear goal, a large number of teachers could achieve it in a short period of
time. The pilot also showed that within a short time it was possible for
children start reading fluently.

 

2008: Ariviyal Anandam
Science Education Program

The
Eureka Lab-in-a-box kit redefined the Science Lab as a box with everyday
objects that could create excitement and wonder in children. The Ariviyal
Anandam program was conducted in 900 Govt. schools in Krishnagiri and
Sivagangai.

2009: Eureka Pre-Primary
Program

Aid
India developed and implemented a pre-primary program in 1,000 Govt. Balwadis.
An attractive kit with activities for fine motor development, language and
cognitive skills was provided to each Balwadi.

Teachers
were trained on conducting fun activities to ensure that these children were
ready for school by the age of six.

 

 

 

 

2011: Eureka after School
Program

Eureka
after-school learning centres were piloted initially in around 250 villages. With
the help from parents, local youth from the same villages were identified and
trained to be Eureka Tutors. These tutors conducted daily evening classes for
the children of their village. The success of the pilot program led to the
scaling up of the village centers across Tamilnadu.

Today,
the Eureka Village centres are being run in 1,063 villages of Tamil Nadu with
the following key elements in each village:

Strong Outcome Focus:

·        
With the help of Skill Chart every Child’s
progress is tracked which helps the parents and the community members
understand the and visualize the progress of their children under Eureka’s
Educational scheme. Eureka’s Tutors (or) ET provides a one on one attention for
each children who fall behind when compared to other students.

·        
To motivate children to learn faster and
better, certificates and skill stickers are awarded to them at the end of each
learning goal.

Specially Researched
Methodology

·        
Attractive group activity learning kits,
games and workbooks specifically designed to make classes fun, learning-focused
and effective for children from marginalized backgrounds

Parent Engagement and
Community Participation

·        
Every year after evaluation process, Eureka
tutors discuss the development and progress of the children to the parents with
the help of Skill Chart. It is encouraged through Skill Declaration events in
each village

·        
The entire village comes together to
measure children’s learning progress and celebrate their successes.

 

2012: Eureka Teacher
Training Program

Aid
India’s teacher training program started in 2012 has been training more than
1000 school teachers and village tutors on innovative activities, learning
methodologies and classroom management techniques to ensure better results for
children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015: Eureka Tab Labs

Aid
India’s Eureka Tab Labs (Tech Enabled Classes) in schools and in after-school centres,
were formed in partnership with content providers to help the children learn English,
Math and Science through visual means such as videos and mobile apps.

Children
learn several concepts with the help of videos and by practicing them on apps
that can be easily gasped to their levels. These assessments help them
determine how well they have progressed. Eureka Tab Labs redefine the access to
good quality education for children in villages.

 

2016: Intergrated Village
Development program

Many
villages lack basic needs, there are few villages where the deprivation is even
greater. Aid India works in these most backward Irular, Dalit and tribal
villages, with the aim of improving the quality of life, mainly for women and
children. Village education centers are set up for the children in these
villages..

To
improve the health of women and children, health awareness classes are held and
nutrition supplements are provided. The integrated village development program
is a long-term effort, but when the change happens, we are confident it will
makea significant difference to the quality of life in these villages.

Eureka
Holmes were formed with an aim to help old people and families that literally
live under plastic sheets or old houses providing them with much needed shelter.
To prevent any form of struggle or misguidance, the whole village is involved
in the decision process for deciding these poor families who needs shelter.

As
of now Eureka have constructed 244 homes for the poor people across Tamil Nadu.

 

 

2017: Eureka Walk and
Talk Program

Aid
India initiated the Walk ‘n’ Talk English program in all the Eureka village centres
to help the children with their English skills. In this initiative, children
learn to read and speak English. This learning is not just limited to the class
room, but the students are made to visit the family members and elders of their
villages to ask and answer simple questions in English.   

The
Eureka Walk n Talk program builds, not just the skills of children, but also
their self-confidence.

 

 

 

 

Achivements and
Recognization

·        
2011: Aid India received the Times of
India Social Impact Award for global contribution to India

·        
Pratham USA Achievement Award for work on
improving reading skills of children in Tamil Nadu was awarded to Aid India

·        
Received the Distinguished Service award
Rotary Club of Madras South.

·        
The MIT Indus Technovators Award 2005 was
awarded to Aid India for innovative work on Science Education and Village
Libraries

·        
Design Shares Merit award for Innovative
design was awarded to Aid India’s Eureka Elementary school

·        
Dr. Balaji Sampath, Founder, Aid India was
awarded distinguished alumni award by IIT and University of Maryland, college
park in 2016. On 30th july 2014, he was also awarded with Smt.
Saraswathi Endowment Award for Education and Service

·        
Indian of the year 2016 was awarded to Mr.
Selva Ganapathy, Volunteer and Inern coordinator, Aid India

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Media and News letter
Recognition

2015: Quitting for a
Cause

2015: After school tutors
cross-rivers to build bridges:

2012: Corporate Student
discovers learning is fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education:

Eureka Village Centre

Aid India’s Eureka village centres were started in
2010 as part of the vision to solve the poor quality of education and pointing
out serious gaps even in basic foundational skills like reading and arithmetic
in schools in rural Tamil Nadu as reported by several independent studies including
National rural survey’s Annual Status of Education Report (ASER).

Today, the Eureka Village centres are being run in
1063 villages of Tamil Nadu. In each village, local youth from the communities
are identified, appointed and trained as Eureka tutors.

Eureka tutors conduct daily evening classes in the
village throughout the year. In some villages, tutors focus on Math, English
and Tamil skills for Std. 1-8 children, while in others village tutors have
started the program with a focus on English alone.

As part of the daily ‘English Walk ‘n’ Talk’
sessions, children are encouraged not only to learn English in the class, but
also go around the village and teach their family members and elders how to ask
and answer simple questions in English. This creates a buzz of excitement and a
sense of achievement in the entire village. In Science, children learn about
the world around them through fun and exciting experiments.

With weekends filled with learning events where
children put up role plays in English and demonstrate science experiments, the
Eureka program build not just their skills, but also boosts their
self-confidence.

The key elements of the Eureka program in each
village:

Strong
Outcome Focus: Every
child’s progress is tracked using a simple visual aid called the skill
chart, which also helps the parents and the community members understand
the learning progress of every child.Eureka
tutors provide additional one-one attention for children lagging in a
particular skill to help them achieve their learning goals.To
motivate children to learn faster and better, certificates and ‘skill
stickers’ are awarded to them at the end of each learning goal.Specially
Researched Methodology Attractive
individual /group activity learning kits, games and workbooks
specifically designed to make classes fun, learning-focused and effective
for children from marginalized backgrounds.Parent
Engagement and Community ParticipationEureka
tutors discuss children’s progress regularly with parents using the skill
chart.Community
involvement is encouraged through ‘Skill Declaration’events in each
village, where the entire village comes together to measure children’s
learning progress and celebrate their successes.

The significant improvement in the learning levels
of the children that has been seen in the Eureka village centers program since
its inception has reinforced our belief that Every Child Can Learn if
there are clearly defined goals and a focus on measurable outcomes.

 

Eureka Schools:

Eureka Nursery and Primary Schools were founded
in 2006 by Aid India and Banca Sella, with the vision of providing high quality
affordable education to rural children.

These two schools are located at
Parameswaramangalam and Venkatrayanpettai villages of Kanchipuram and
Tiruvannamalai district respectively. They cater to more than 300 children each
year, mostly first-generation learners residing in villages around the schools.

Parents of these children are predominantly
agricultural or daily wage labourers.

What’s different?

At Eureka School, teachers and
children learn together. In a child-centric environment, dedicated teachers
ensure the best for every child.

With a strong focus on outcomes,
teachers ensure that children learn by understanding and doing, rather than by
rote memorization. Help is always given to children who need extra support.
Each child’s unique talents and achievements are showcased in events through
the year.

Through regular coaching in sports
like juggling and football, children gain a large amount of self-confidence.
Eureka Schools help build and nurture dreams and provide children a strong
foundation to achieve them.

 

Eureka Tab Labs:

Technology is an enabler. When technology is
combined with well-designed self-learning content, the potential to create an
impact in education quality expands tremendously.

Aid India, in partnership with content providers,
has been piloting Eureka Tab Labs – Tech enabled classes for children to learn
English, Math and Science. The tab lab classes offer children advanced skills
in English, Math, Science and Tamil.

Using technology (video lessons and mobile apps),
these ‘Tab Labs’ provide a high-quality learning environment for children.

Volunteers from Chennai, and from the US, have
been participating in online live virtual classes in these centers, where they
directly teach children in remote areas without having to travel there.

 

 

 

Eureka Training Programs:

Aid India works as a resource group for several
grass-root organizations and schools all over the State. The objective is to
leverage the work of several of these organizations and schools and catalyse
their efforts to achieve better learning outcomes. With a focus on basic
skills, Aid India has been training more than 1000 schoolteachers and village
tutors on innovative techniques, learning methodologies and classroom
management to ensure better results for children.

At the end of each term, the training team visits
the school or after-school center, assesses the children and awards
certificates for children and tutors who have achieved their goal.

Plans are discussed with the teachers for
remedial action to help the children who have not yet acquired the targeted
skills.

 

Eureka Homes:

The ‘Eureka Homes’ program was started in 2016,
to identify the most vulnerable and needy families and give them a dignified
living. In many villages, there are old people and families that literally live
under plastic sheets or in a dilapidated house.

As part of its ‘Eureka Homes’ initiative, Aid
India has constructed 244 houses for the poorest families so far. The whole
village is involved in the decision of identifying the families. The family
participates actively in the planning and construction of their home.

Eureka Homes provides the much-needed shelter and
security for the poorest families to live with dignity.

Integrated Village Development:

While many villages lack in basic needs, there
are few villages where the deprivation is even greater. Many have moved away
from their traditional livelihoods, which are no longer viable. There are
several cultural and social barriers, which need to be overcome to make a
difference to their lives.

Aid India works in these most backward villages,
with the aim of improving the quality of life, mainly for women and children.
We believe that an independent intervention in education alone is not adequate
to make a lasting impact on the people and their lives. Given that the issues
are inter-connected, a multi-pronged approach, which integrates solutions to
the key issues like education and health becomes important.

Aid India’s integrated tribal development program
is a long-term commitment to bring about significant change in tribal villages,
over the next 5 years. To begin with, we are working on education and health
awareness interventions in about 30 villages across 5 blocks of Tamil Nadu.

 

The interventions include

·        
Running Eureka after-school centre in the
villages

·        
English intervention for spoken and reading
skills and to build children’s confidence

·        
Setting up a ‘Learning Lab’ or a tinkering lab,
which will provide a non-traditional approach to learning. This component will
be specific to each village. Children will be encouraged to work on local
issues. There will be workshops on cycle repair, use of cell phones, use of
computers, robotics etc. Through these workshops, we will also tap into their
indigenous practices and traditional skills which are soon disappearing and get
children to document the same. Children will do projects to document local
knowledge like home remedies using herbs for which these communities are known
for.

·        
Health camps and awareness programs for
adolescent girls

·        
Nutrition interventions to improve their levels

·        
Identify the most vulnerable like old couples,
single women and build homes for them

The integrated village development program is a
long-term effort, and it may take several years to make small improvements in
the lives of these families. We know that we are in it for the long haul.
However, when the changes come, and we are confident they will, we believe that
they will make a significant difference to the quality of life for these
families.