The Karadi Path methodology has been developed on the basis of the mother-tongue learning process and the uniqueness of Indian multilingualism that involves acquiring an entire language through a purely experiential and completely non-instructional process within the clasroom sets. Karadi Path is an approach to learning language in India and around the world.
These are some unique features of the program:
- It helps a child who does not know English gain basic proficiency in understanding, speaking, and reading English in just 96 hours.
- The program facilitates teachers who do not have high proficiency in English.
- The entire program and English proficiency are delivered at a cost as low as Rs 300 per student at scale.
The program is offered to students through schools and partners with government education departments in different states. The focus is on private schools in rural, semi-urban, and urban areas.
The Karadi Path Magic English program is currently being implemented in more than 370 schools, both private and government, and has reached out to more than 79,000 children across eight states in India. The program has trained more than 3,300 teachers on the methodology.
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The organization works with government schools and NGO-sponsored schools partnering directly with the State Department of Education or in collaboration with an implementation partner who will fund the project and/or provide operational resources.
Founded in December 2010, Karadi Path Education Company has expanded from 10 government schools in the outskirts of Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to 370 schools across eight states in India. The organization has constantly evolved and improved its program to significantly impact and transform English skills among the students.
In late 2014 and throughout 2015, the program is planning to expand its presence in India by strategically reaching the Northern, Northwestern and Eastern parts of India. The organization is in the process of building credibility and enriching its partnership with regional governments, foundations, etc., to adopt its program in government schools. There is also an increasing demand from low-income private school with whom the program plans to garner strategic alliance and expansion. It is also envisioning reaching out to international markets in South and Southeast Asia where the needs are similar.
Monitoring & Evaluation
To ensure proper implementation of the program, a year-long monitoring system coordinated by the program's training and product team is in place. Besides the initial training and accreditation workshop, school and classroom visits and remote monitoring via phone calls are conducted by the program's trainer and product specialist. The periodic monitoring report, which evaluates teachers' performances and the quality of the program implementation, is then shared with the management of the school.
An evaluation protocol assesses the student's improvement across the duration of the program with baseline, midline, and endline assessments administered by the users themselves. The assessment is done individually with each student on unfamiliar material assessing students' growth in English comprehension, speaking, and reading skills.