POSE - Pratham Open School of Education - Second Chance

The program assists girls and women who have dropped out of school successfully complete their secondary education while acquiring life skills to make them more employable and utilizes interventions to prevent school dropouts.
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Year launched: 
2011
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Implementer: 
Pratham Education Foundation
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Location Data

State/Province: 
Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra, Odisha, Rajasthan
City: 
Pune, Hyderabad, Jaipur
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Program Description: 

The first stage of the Pratham Open School of Education (POSE) program is training and mobilization. The faculty members and tutors who ultimately deliver content to the students are duly trained by the National Curriculum Team, and the process of mobilization begins. This involves identifying locations where there are many school dropouts, spreading awareness about Pratham’s POSE initiative in these areas, and speaking to potential students and their parents about the program and encouraging them to enroll into the POSE program.

When students join the POSE program, they are first enrolled into a four- to six-month foundation course (in math, language, English, and science), which is aimed at bridging the gap between basic concepts and secondary school curriculum. Thus, the foundation course helps to refresh the students’ knowledge and also helps to prepare the dropout students for the main course. At the end of the foundation course, the students are tested on an internal examination; based on their performance in the exam, their motivation, and regularity in attendance, students are selected for the main course — the post-foundation course — in which the 10th standard curriculum is taught.

In the current model, each POSE Second Chance center caters to about 100 candidates in an area spread across approximately 25-75 villages in rural areas and 2,000-3,000 households in urban areas. The model is typically structured as a central hub with 4 to 5 linked spokes. The spokes cater to smaller clusters. Each cluster has a tutor who guides the students in their daily studying, assists them with take-home worksheets, and addresses issues in all subjects. The tutor holds daily classes with the students while the hub center classes are with faculty members.

Highlighting Innovation: 
The program tries to bring the schooling process closer to the girls and to create human resources locally to help dropouts and at-risk young girls to complete their secondary school certification.
Key Challenges: 
Retention of students, due to their other commitments and interest levels; induction and retention of high-quality teachers in rural areas