Aide et Action is an international development organization that strives to bring about improvements in the general living conditions of both rural and urban communities through programs in the areas of education, livelihoods, health, and environment.
One of its programs, the Back to Basics (B2B) program's ultimate goal is to enhance student achievement at the primary level. The program has recognized that the quality of teaching learning processes is a key factor affecting the performance of the children. A strong foundation in basic competencies helps students to perform well in their further academic careers.
The B2B program aims to support children in government primary schools to achieve desired competency levels. It appraises the competencies of the students attending primary school in basic reading, writing, and arithmetic. Based on these findings, Aid et Action plans its actions that include additional supervision and support to children, helping them achieve age-appropriate competencies. Back to Basics (B2B) identifies strategic and innovative collaborations with the government and other stakeholders such as international donors.
The actions taken through the B2B program include the following:
- To evaluate the competency levels of the children, the ‘Child Competency Assessment test’ is administered. This test assesses the student's skills reading, writing, and mathematical skills, benchmarked against the expected competency of a child from the respective class.
- Subsequently, a quality improvement plan is developed using a child-centered approach. This plan proposes remedial measures to improve the competency levels of the children Through various techniques such as memory recall technology, mind mapping, effective reading exercise, concentration building exercise, presentation skills, personality development, memory enhancement techniques, etc, an attempt is made to improve the learning skills among children.
- Finally, low cost, innovative, and child-centered learning modules for reading, writing, and arithmetic are developed by volunteers in consultation with teachers and community for further use.
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CEI approaches in action
Initiated in 2007, the B2B program is currently being implemented through 12 projects in India and 1 project in Nepal. In addition, Aide et Action has integrated the concept into 8 projects, and have experienced very good results.
- To replicate the concept through more projects especially in poor regions in India and Nepal.
- To focus on regions which have low indicators in terms of girls' child enrollment, regions that are prone to distress migration, and also on regions where migrants come in search of improved livelihood opportunities.
Monitoring & Evaluation
- The program monitoring follows the principles of participation and inclusion of the primary stakeholders (especially the children and parents).
- The system is operational at three levels – the community level, the partner organization level, and the Aide et Action level. All the three are interlinked and support each other.