Suvidya -Place value kit for math education

Project Brief: This is a kit designed by Suvidya that is a very effective and low cost way to introduce the basic mathematical concept of Place value to school children (especially in government schools).
Project Type: One Time / Infrastructure (description)
Primary Focus: creating resources (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Sunil Laxman
Project Partner(s):
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , Suvidya #206, 30th A Cross, 9th Main,Jayanagar,Bangalore,
Tel: 080 - 56700142
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Dec 2004SeattleUSD 1320

Total = $1320

for more information, see the uploaded detailed project proposal
The vital role of mathematics in primary education has been adequately recognized by curriculum makers and designers. Maths is needed for abstract thinking, problem solving, logical reasoning and for developing intellectual and psychological ability of the child. In the world of development, it is a critical area of intervention (both in-school and out of-school) as it is also a life skill. Despite this, conceptual understanding is inadequate, motivation and interest are fast declining and achievement levels in maths are low. The many problems that beset teaching in primary mathematics include the uninteresting and dull presentation of material, lack of a problem-solving approach and prevalence of math phobia.

Place value is considered a difficult mathematical concept, which, in a cascading effect, leads to other problems in mathematics learning. Children do not get hands-on experience in learning about place values, resulting in a felt need for such a kit, as ascertained during our interactions with teachers, trainers and children. Suvidya intends to design, produce and test a kit consisting of 10 aids, 20 worksheets/charts and a handbook with additional information (see box for details).
SUVIDYA, an educational resource group in Bangalore, India. SUVIDYA has been involved in many projects whose goals have been to improve the quality of education imparted in schools in several parts of India. The methodology employed by SUVIDYA involves the creation of models or teaching aids to illustrate mathematical concepts. SUVIDYA also organizes training workshops for teachers.

“SUVIDYA” is a trust registered with the Registrar of Trusts, Bangalore. (Registration No. 37/2000-2001, 11th May 2000). It is not presently registered with the Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi, under the Foreign contributions Regulations Act. However, it is possible to get prior permission from the Ministry to receive funds to SUVIDYA trust. We need about 3-4 months (after receiving confirmation from the funding agency) to get prior permission.