At SOS Children’s Villages of India, we not only provide abandoned and parentless children a loving home but also ensure that they receive proper education. We want our children to become capable, contributing members of society, which is why all our efforts are directed towards helping them realise their highest potential in this competitive world.
SOS India has set up Kindergartens, Primary and Secondary Schools, Professional Institutes and Vocational Training Centres across India. These institutes not only cater to the educational needs of children under our care but also in the neighbourhood communities.
Equipping young minds
Children of different age and learning levels come to SOS. Preparing them for schooling, an effective in-house preparatory curriculum is practiced. It enables children to learn on their pace, as per their age and learning levels. It inspires joyful learning in an engaging environment. This year (as of March 2020), 275 children across all projects attended the programme. Of these, 115 children joined formal schools after completing the programme. The progress of children is tracked every six months and it was observed that all of them were settling in well with promising academic performance. In the coming year, they will be supported to finish assignment independently and be more curious to ask questions.
Mitigating learning level gaps
Children to SOS Villages come from diverse and complex social and emotional histories. Consistent investments in building their capacities and academic skills require sustained efforts. This year, under a new initiative children needing additional attention were identified from grade I to VIII; including those appearing for Board Exams. Adopting NCERT guidelines for age-appropriate learning levels under the National curriculum framework, structured attention has been extended to these children. For 1,304 school going children and youth this year (as of March 2020), the Academic Mentors and Academic Coworkers prepared age and grade appropriate learning plans, which was reviewed every month and at every quarter. These included question papers, work plans and worksheets. The assessments show significant improvements in learning levels, leading to a promising academic results, when the academic session is over.
Digital reading and learning
Children at SOS enjoy the digital library that has vast collection of books ranging from Pre-Primary, Primary, Middle, Secondary, Sr. Secondary to University level. This past year, many more children accessed (online and offline) various books. Each Family home in children’s village is equipped with a basic computer system, which children use one by one during their leisure. Besides using academic books, a number of Motivational, Autobiography and Britannica Series also occupy their minds. The chapter wise questions and workbooks have been most popular amongst them, especially for those children who are appearing for Board Exams. The volume of books have increased from 5,000 last year to 8,700 books this year. The usage of these books has also seen a huge jump from 193 users last year to 1,926 users this year (a 90% increase). This data is collated at the backend, in understanding the usage and performance of this resource. Efforts are being made currently to improve the user-interface experience.
Computer Literacy and Communication Skills
In today’s world, English speaking is a necessity both for higher education and securing a white collar job. A focused programme has been introduced – English Helper & LIQVID in 10 Children’s Villages imparting English learning for 764 children. Overall 88% of students who participated in Pre and Post Assessment showed improvements in their scores. 100% students showed improvement in spoken and written English. Similarly, 1,280 children were enrolled for computer literacy with NIIT which offered courses in Computer Programming (Basic and Advanced levels). The mid-term assessment demonstrate that 958 children secured 80% scores.
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