vChalk

vChalk is on a mission to help 1 million students in schools catch up on basic English and Math skills. vChalk enables school teachers to deliver and monitor effective practice or catch-up classes on primary level English and Math using interactive activities targeted towards students' actual learning level.
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Year launched: 
2015
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
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Implementer: 
vChalk Education Private Limited
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Location Data

State/Province: 
Karnataka
City: 
Bengaluru
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Program Description: 

Who?

Low-income families in India with a monthly income of less than $300 lack skills and time to make sure their children acquire the basic skills for learning but send their children to English medium private schools that they can afford.

Why?

4 in 10 children in developing countries fail to learn the basics after 4 years in school (UNESCO, 2012). There are multiple, interconnected reasons for this:

 * children are first generation learners or first generation English learners

 * parents lack time and knowledge to provide support at home

 * there is a lack of an inbuilt system within schools to identify children who are lagging    behind and on what skills

 * the tuition quality is low and focused on home-work completion.

What?

vChalk's offering to low-cost private schools or organizations who work with children studying in English, is based on a Train-Assess-Support-Report model. vChalk trains the primary grades teachers to teach-at-the-right-level (that is based on what the students know, not on age or grade) and helps them identify the children in grades 2 to 5 who can’t read an English story and do basic subtraction, regularly assesses the progress of children in activity-based classes, supports the teacher with class activities with their technology in the school and reports on the progress of children to low-income parents, vChalk final customers.

How and when?

To enable teachers to plan classes without dependence on Internet connectivity, vChalk brings vChalkBox, a portable-server, into the school. Teachers can connect via Ezy, an offline mobile application, to the Wi-Fi of the server and access high-quality content that describes the activities they need to do with each group of children in class that day. The company works with a school for a minimum of 3 months and up to eight months in an academic year, with teachers taking one or two TaRL classes per day.

Highlighting Innovation: 
Teaching-at-the-right-level (TaRL) pedagogy, proven at scale with 47 million children. The use of multi-grade, multi-age classrooms. Technology to support the teacher to teach-at-the-right-level and report to parents on the progress of each child.
Key Challenges: 
The syllabus is time-consuming. School leaders have problems with the collection of their school fees and usually want to pass any extra cost to the parents. There is a need for awareness among parents (who lack time and skills to help the child at home)