Our home learning centres
are in addition to school hours for children who live withthe least, giving them a regular opportunity to experiencethe best learning through community based homelearning centres.In low-income families, children often have limited timewith adults for developmental interaction. Parents have towork long hours and household tasks require a lot of timeas they do not have facilities like 24-hour water supply,electrical appliances and personal vehicles. The parentsare largely illiterate and are employed as cleaners, auto-rickshaw drivers and shopkeepers.Studies show that most children are enrolled in school inIndia, but are learning very little. The ASER surveyshowed that the majority of children in Standard III couldnot read a Standard I level text. Most children do notprogress beyond the 8
Standard and the underprivilegedare more likely to fail in the formal education system andstay on the same bottom rung of society. To reverse thissituation, these children require learning experiences thatare truly transformational, with:
linked to their context anduseful for future employment.
in communication, analysis,exploration and creativity.
to work with persistence andintelligence towards self-improvement.
in the equality of human existencewith dignity and without subservience.. Initially the children struggled with all their subjects, andwere not used to concentrating and working hard together to learn. They spoke a local dialect very different from theGujarati used at school, so we used various activities tobuild familiarity with Gujarati, Hindi and English. Therewere challenges in involving girls, which we solved withthe children and com
munity’s help, and now we have girls
attending regularly. The home learning centre hasdeveloped as a response to the direct ground level needs. As a community of children, families, teachers andexperts we have grown a deep commitment and a love for our enjoyable and successful learning approach.