The CherYsh Shikshas incorporate an Active Rural Curriculum – ARC, which brings activity-rich methodologies such as music, art, puppetry, games as part of the curriculum to teach English and Math. ARC has introduced phonics-based learning for teaching English. Learning Facilitators have been trained to use phonics-based English modules on digital devices and include this method into their classrooms. As a result, English reading and speaking skills in the Shiksha children have shown a marked improvement.
Music made children from the CherYsh Shikshas learn differently. At the Serendipity Concert, in collaboration with the Bangalore School of Music, a group of 7 musically talented young girls from Haliyal shared the stage with Marialena Fernandes, and the Trio Viennair. The girls participated in a music workshop at Bangalore, conducted by Marialena Fernandes – world-renowned pianist, and professor at the Vienna Conservatory.
The experience gave the CherYsh girls from Haliyal, newfound confidence,
CherYsh met students and faculty of the BVB College, Hubballi, to review the RITE program and children’s performance at the Shikshas, in Math. Students from BVB felt that RITE gave them an opportunity to “contribute to a village, and make an impact by improving levels of learning amongst children, and the local tutor.” RITE students discussed a plan to ensure a volunteer pipeline is maintained to strengthen learning outcomes in CherYsh Shikshas.
The CherYsh learning centres donned a new look with enhancement to the elements of infrastructure. New blackboards with stands were added in all Shikshas. This tool besides being mobile is a space saver in the minimal area available inside the Shiksha. Workbooks and play materials were distributed. Tablet devices were handed over to the Learning Facilitators. This will e-enable all record keeping currently maintained on student enrolment, training, evaluation and performance. A review of infrastructure needs was completed.
Over 600 children attend the After-School Learning Program in 11 villages of Haliyal Taluk, Uttara Kannada district. This is envisaged to grow to 1000 children, and 25 Learning Faciitaors by March 2017.
Children benefit from the Active Rural Curriculum pursued by the CherYsh Learning Facilitators. This incentivizes the children to learn in ways that they enjoy, assimilate, and remember. Music, art, and sports are used in the learning of English and Math.
The continuous learning program for Learning Facilitators and the Children is enabled through Rural Innovation Through Education (RITE) program. In collaboration with the BVB College of Engineering and Technology, Hubballi, CherYsh undertakes ongoing and programmed training for student volunteers to teach Mathematics to children at the CherYsh Shikshas. Akshara Foundation is the author of the content and the teaching aids.
The CherYsh grant to promote nursing scholars, with rural backgrounds, continued to support 8 trainee nurses. Two completed the course, and have begun working at the St. Martha’s Hospital. The nurses completed their annual examinations with first class scores.