Quality Education – A right of every child

Pehlay Akshar

As per information available on the official website of the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), there are currently nearly 31 million unemployed Indians looking for jobs. RPG Foundation’s program - Pehlay Akshar powered by CEAT aims to provide better employment opportunities by upskilling students in communication, critical thinking and problem-solving.

Pehlay Akshar is a six-year program running in partnership with 39 government schools in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan. It aims to teach functional English through lateral teaching methods such as Experiential Learning to hone their speaking, listening, comprehension and reading skills. Rather than passively listening to the teacher, children in a Pehlay Akshar classroom learn by reflecting upon fun activities and games. Pehlay Akshar students are also pushed to explore their creativity during the Annual Theatrical Program and the Summer Camps.

Pehlay Akshar has touched the lives of over 25000 children from marginalised backgrounds, since its inception in 2010.

Further, the Foundation undertook a survey in order to understand the challenges faced by the BMC school teachers as we noticed poor attendance levels. The findings indicated that the government school teachers felt that the classes were monotonous and teaching methodologies failed to keep the students engaged. Hence in April 2016, RPG Foundation started Pehlay Akshar Training, a programme aimed at training government school teachers to improve classroom management and engagement.

The Program trains teachers in modern and unorthodox ideological pedagogies and behaviour techniques. The interactive training program is designed to bring about a change in conducting classroom sessions thereby ensuring a conducive and safe environment to learn and grow. The trainings are followed by periodic coaching and counselling sessions. These sessions further facilitate the deepening of the learnings.

Pehlay Akshar Training has enabled the Foundation to take the Pehlay Akshar way of teaching to over 40,000 students in 6 locations by working with 1300 teachers.

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