The secret of change is to focus all of
your energy not on fighting the old,
but on building the new.
Elevate is the flagship program of the foundation. It is a yearly hands on – intervention that provides a comprehensive learning package in English literacy for primary school children studying in government schools across Bangalore.
The program has five proficiency levels –Seekers, Finders, Discoverers, Enquirers, Explorers, where each level corresponds to a CEFR Level : Pre-A1, A1, A2, A2 (KEY) and B. Recognizing the variation in retention and learning levels of children, the program conducts an assessment for each child and groups them into one of these four levels accordingly.
This program runs through the academic year with daily interventions for an hour a day in each of the schools we engage with.
Kids are growing up on a digital playground
and no one is on recess duty.
Kevin Honeycutt, Educator
CTRL ALT LEARN
This program seeks to introduce primary school children to basic computer literacy. The sessions allow children to play with and learn from easy use software and applications. The applications are also based on the OBLF curriculum and allow the student to use speech recognition, text typing, etc to enable innovative learning experiences. This technology based intervention has been integrated into classrooms along with the Headstart program sessions conducted by the women coordinators.
Here is to strong women,
May we know them,
May we be them,
May we raise them.
Enter into children's play and you will find
where their minds, hearts and souls meet.
Virginia Axline, Pioneer of Play Therapy
We find delight and beauty in the
happiness of children that makes the
heart too big for the body.
Ralf Waldo Emerson
THE JOY OF GIVING
An annual – and very important – event for us is the “Joy of Giving” week, or “Daan Utsav” as it is known now. Daan Utsav is a festival of philanthropy that aims at engaging people through “cts of giving” – money, time, resources andskills – spanning across the corporate, NGO and government sectors, schools, colleges and the general public. OBLF is a part of this endeavour and raises funds, resources and gifts for the primary school beneficiaries.
There is no power greater than
a community discovering what
it cares about
Margaret J Wheatley
Learning Centre for Young Children of a Migrant Waste Picker Community
We recently adopted a community of migrant waste pickers; and have created a Learning Center for young children of this community who have no access to education. All these children are between 3-10 years old and have had no exposure whatsoever to any form of education.
Under this project we have teaching program for the children of this community, where our group of committed teachers visits this community each week to conduct foundational learning classes for the children here.
Infrastructurally, our learning center, a make-shift, tarp-covered bamboo structure has started to come together before our eyes, built and modified with the engagement of the community; we have also engaged some of the women members of this community to help us run the operations of this learning center – and we have found that this community engagement goes a long way to create a sense of ownership and belonging in the community; we see a school with excited (and bawling) children form slowly, but surely.
Play is often talked about as if it were a
relief from serious learning. But for
children play is serious learning. Play is
the work of childhood.
Early Childhood Education Program
One Billion Literates in collaboration with Key Education Foundation is launching an Early Childhood Education Program that focusses on building strong foundational learning capabilities for children aged between 3-6 years. Starting with a pilot program in 5 schools in Anekal Taluk, from the Academic Year 2021-22, our plan is to slowly extend this to the entire network of the government schools we work with.
VOICES FROM THE GROUND
Stories have immense power and are able to communicate things that lie way beyond the spoken or printed words used to tell them. We would like to showcase the incredible journey of our women coordinators and students of the adopted schools!