Project Nanhi Kali provides 360-degree support to underprivileged girls from Class 1-10, with the objective of enabling them to complete their schooling with dignity. Every girl in the programme receives:
Daily academic support through the Nanhi Kali Academic Support Centres which operate for 2 hours before/after school. At these centres, trained tutors engage the girls in concept-based learning, through a specially designed pedagogy called the Cooperative Reflective Approach which is a concept based, interactive group approach to learning. This unique pedagogy recognises learning as a continuous process that is distinct for each child and focuses on learning rather than teaching.
An Annual Supplies Kit including a school bag, shoes, socks, stationery, innerwear and a pullover/raincoat is provided to every girl. With 45.6% of teenage girls in India still following unhygienic menstrual practice* a 12-month supply of branded sanitary napkins is included in each kit to help the girl attend school with dignity.
Girls in secondary schools are provided with ‘Yellow Tablets’ for access to digital audio and video. Concepts of Maths and English are taught through these digital tablets. The engaging, audio – visual content on the tablets enables better comprehension and recall. Each concept taught is followed by an assessment, and only after one concept is mastered, does the next concept unlock. The tablets use artificial intelligence. Digital Tablet preloaded with smart educational content are provided to the Nanhi Kalis in secondary school, to help them learn Maths and English. The engaging, audio – visual content on the tablets enables better comprehension and recall. Each concept taught is followed by an assessment, and only after one concept is mastered, does the next concept unlock. The tablets utilise artificial intelligence to provide a dynamic, digital learning platform to girls, even in the most remote parts of India. Digital tablets are also used for real-time tracking of the learning, progress and attendance of all the girls in the project. This data is synced to a central dash board and can be made available at the click of a button.
The Nanhi Kali team works extensively with the families of the girls and community stakeholders to sensitize them towards the importance of girls’ education. If a girl remains absent from the Nanhi Kali Academic Support Centre for over 3 days, the project team conducts a home visit to check the reason for her absenteeism. This daily contact with the girls and close connect with their families, helps us develop safe, conducive, girl-friendly eco-systems across the project.
(*Source: TAG Report Project Nanhi Kali, 2018)
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