Summary: Akshara Ganitha focuses on improving and achieving numeracy skills and basic literacy among the students of class 1 to 5 in the educationally struggling rural government schools. --- The aim of the in-school program is to help children of lower and higher primary schools in rural Karnataka to achieve basic literacy and numeracy skills. Currently, the program operates in rural areas of Kushtagi (Koppal District) and Mundargi (Gadag District) blocks in North Karnataka, known for educational deprivation besides Hoskote block and Devenahalli blocks in Bangalore's rural district. The program design follows the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 and draws from pedagogical best practices and the experience of teachers and subje...
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Description of Scale and Reach
Akshara Ganitha's effort began in Bangalore in November 2000, when remedial programs were implemented through neighborhood volunteers who were trained to identify children with learning deficits and give them specialized inputs. The accelerated mathematic program started in 2004-05 as a part of remedial classes. To supplement remedial classes, Akshara Foundation implemented Nagu Nagutha Ganitha, an in-school program, in 467 schools in Bangalore. Nagu Nagutha Ganitha aims to provide "joyful mathematics," which helps the children have a deeper understanding of basic concepts in mathematics. The Nagu Nagutha Ganitha methodology was incorporated into Parihar Bodhane (remedial teaching), in the government's remedial education program. Based on the learning from remedial classes, the mathematics program for the whole class was piloted during 2010-11 through Akshara Ganitha in the Hoskote block of Bangalore Rural district. The program has now been scaled up to three blocks (i.e. Hoskote, Kustagi, and Mundargi taluks).