Imagine learning a new language that has an unfamiliar script, unfamiliar grammar constructs, and no environment or opportunity to practice your learning outside of the classroom. Now, imagine time running out and options getting limited with each passing day. This is what children in government schools face.
The impact that our programs have is astounding. People from all walks of life are able to teach in government schools with minimal time commitment and training. Government school teachers are becoming better skilled in English and children are equipped with basic English in just 70-120 hours. They are filled with confidence that they can learn anything — to the extent that they are enrolling in English medium government schools for higher grades. These children are getting a better chance at life.
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Overall Benefit of REAP and PEP
Before the start of the program, 84% of the children were at the small letter level or below and only 5% of the children could read small sentences
After the program, 85% of the children could read words, 68% could read small sentences, half the children could read paragraphs, and about 30% could read small stories
Rahul is a grade 6 student in a government upper-primary school in Chennapatna. His father wanted to pull him out of school because he only got into trouble at school and was not learning anything. His father felt that Rahul’s time would be better utilized in helping with chores around the house that would free up other family members to earn for the family. Rahul sat through less than 70 hours of REAP in 2018-19, and that experience transformed him and his family. He has
now discovered a love of learning that transcends beyond English and he has become a very conscientious student.
His father’s outlook on education has completely changed and he has pledged to support Rahul in every way so he can stay in school and learn. The future certainly looks better for Rahul.
Lakshmi was a student in GKLPS Bhoganahalli. Lakshmi is the eldest of 4 sisters. When Lakshmi got into the PEP in 2015, she was in grade 4, and could not speak a word of English. She was taught by an extremely self-motivated group of volunteers, who were consistent and followed the methodologies prescribed by PEP. Despite being pulled out of lessons very frequently to care for her sisters, Lakshmi is still on track with her school work and is extremely confident in English. Her dream job is to become a scientist. She draws her inspiration from the several volunteers who she interacted with over the 2 years. Her transformation into a life-long learner is complete.
GKLPS Kadubisanahalli was on the verge of closing down with only 30 students in 2014. Teachers were getting transferred out of the school and the HM was trying hard to hold everything together. Cisco took PEP to this tiny school in 2014 to a classroom of just 12 students from 4th– and 5th-grade. The HM, SDMC saw the potential of the PEP and the commitment of the volunteers. In 2015, the enrolment of the school doubled as the news of academic progress spread around the neighborhood. The school is now a thriving, lower-primary school with 25+ children in each grade. Cisco continues to drive the PEP in this school.
Results & Transformation
Increase in average class attendance and enrollment post program implementation
Improvement of confidence levels among children, arising from enhanced learning skills
Children more congruent of basic civic sense, gender equality, self-expression, and respecting others’ perspectives
Volunteers empowered to take on new roles within their organization or start something new
Volunteers who can’t speak the local language learn to speak a new language