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Work books under ICICI Bank’s ‘Read to Lead’ project launched

EFFECTIVE METHOD: G. Moorthy, CEO, Vellore handing over the module for the ‘Read to Lead’ project to a peer educator, at a function in Vellore on Tuesday. Ramana, CEO, Kancheepuram (right) and Emma Koshy, country director-SPW India (left), are in the picture.

EFFECTIVE METHOD: G. Moorthy, CEO, Vellore handing over the module for the ‘Read to Lead’ project to a peer educator, at a function in Vellore on Tuesday. Ramana, CEO, Kancheepuram (right) and Emma Koshy, country director-SPW India (left), are in the picture.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: D.Gopalakrishnan

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VELLORE: Work books on English, Tamil and mathematics prepared under the ‘Read to Lead’ project launched with the initiative of ICICI Bank through the ICICI Foundation, in partnership with the Students Partnership Worldwide (SPW), a non-governmental organisation and the school education department in 31 government schools in Vellore and Kancheepuram districts, were released by G. Moorthy, Chief Educational Officer (CEO), Vellore, at a function in the SPW office here on Tuesday.

‘Read to Lead’ is a nationwide initiative launched by the ICICI Bank and implemented through the ICICI Foundation under its corporate social responsibility project, with the objective of facilitating one lakh children who are currently out-of-school.

According to Emma Koshy, Country Director-SPW India, the project was being implemented in Vellore and Kancheepuram districts to benefit 3006 students studying in the standard VI in 31 government schools.

It was launched in these two districts about two months ago after the SPW conducted a baseline survey on the learning levels of the children.

The project envisages teaching children through 40 peer educators, who were selected from the respective villages, for teaching in 21 schools in Vellore district and 10 in Kancheepuram district.

Trained peer educators

While the peer educators were already trained, a workshop was conducted for 55 school teachers on Tuesday afternoon.

Sylvia, Programme Manager, SPW, Vellore, said that the SPW conducted a meeting of head teachers to sensitise them to the modules in which the three subjects of English, Tamil and mathematics had to be taught in order to make learning easy to the children.

The teachers pointed out that the English module was simple and facilitated an easy learning by the children.

Anitha, consultant to the project said that during discussions with the VI standard teachers, it was found that only 30 per cent of the students were able to understand what was being taught in the class, with the remaining being mentally cut-off from the class.

Since the teachers had a timeframe to complete the syllabus, they were unable to concentrate on the academically weaker students. “Under these circumstances, we want to create confidence in the children that they too can understand the subjects and study well. We also want to instil in them the desire to go to school even if their parents want them to stay at home”. The peer educators will help them understand the subjects.

G. Moorthy, CEO, Vellore said that children of government schools in rural areas were unable to concentrate on studies in view of the disturbing domestic problems. The teachers should therefore take personal interest in the children, counsel them.

He called upon the teachers to read books and keep abreast of latest knowledge. They should also instil the reading habit in the children.

Ramana, CEO, Kancheepuram said that the active learning methodology implemented under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan was an amalgamation of various teaching methods.

“I hope that the ‘Read to Lead’ project will motivate the children to read, he said.

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