One Billion Literates Foundation is a Registered Charitable Trust with 80G and FCRA approval, working in the Education space, with the goal of enabling underprivileged children to gain meaningful employment on reaching adulthood.
We work relentlessly to create a prototype that can be easily replicated anywhere in the country
- Use the existing infrastructure of a govt. school.
- Provide basic English and Computer skills to children.
- Enrich by bringing resources.
- Augment the income of the community.
- Engage volunteers to mentor the staff.
WHAT WE DO
We Adopt state run Primary schools in Rural areas
We impart free English language & Computer skills to the children of these schools
- Sign MOU with the Department of Public Instruction under the School Nurturing Program in Karnataka.
- Identify & Adopt Government primary schools in rural areas.
- Conduct a Baseline Assessment of the kids to gauge their English skills.
- Use the Baseline Assessment (instead of the Grade they are studying in) as the starting level, so that each child learns at her/his own pace.
- Design and focus on a fun filled curriculum at 4 different levels to teach English/Computers for an hour every day.
- Provide copies of the syllabus created by the Foundation free of cost to children.
- Bring other resources like libraries with early learning books, computers and Tablets seen usually in private schools.
- Identify educated / semi-educated women from the communities around these schools.
- Train, guide and mentor these women as Coordinators, and give them allowances to teach basic English & Computers at these schools.
- Conduct weekly in-house training for the Coordinators.
- Arrange training for them with other organizations.
- Engage volunteers from the city to take ownership of each school and monitor the work done by the Coordinators.
- Engage “telephone volunteers” to have daily 5-minute English conversations with the Coordinators.
By engaging rural women (who were never employed before)as Coordinators, we have not only augmented their family incomes and made them realize their potential, but have also made them financially and intellectually independent. We have thus been able to build trust within rural communities.