Accelerated Reading Program

Project Brief:
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: remedial education (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Dallas
Status: completed - sustainable
Project Steward: Nitin Jayaram
Project Partner(s): Vijay Kulkarni
Other Contacts: Satish Rao
Project Address: , No. 633/634, “Deepam”,4th C Main, 6th B Cross OMBR Layout (Bhuvanagiri) Banaswadi,,Bangalore,
Stewarding Chapter: Dallas
Feb 2010DallasUSD 2000

Total = $2000

Accelerated Reading Program: This project is directed towards underprivileged kids in Government schools of Karnataka, India. Though enrolled in schools, one in two kids failed to graduate or dropped out. One key reason is the lack of learning and as the years pass the weaker children lag further and further behind till they finally drop out. Orthodox teaching methods, lack of facilities, monotonous books further fuel the disinterest in kids. So a big challenge is to improve the quality of education provided especially in primary schools. Given the enormity of the situation the Government is seeking support from non-profits like Akshara foundation, ASHA for Education, Pragathi to name a few.

It was realized through some studies and pilot projects that reading cards, which consisted of text, illustrations and colors, worked as a great catalyst to draw the attention of the students. Teachers were also trained on unconventional teaching methods, like encourage the children to come forth and make an effort to read/describe the cards using the pictures in the card. The cards when used as a supplement or even a replacement in certain cases proved extremely useful in exponentially increasing their reading abilities. This turned a considerable amount of kids who could not even recognize a letter of the alphabet to reading words within a very short duration. Kids with minimal reading skills developed into good readers.

Such simple yet very effective means of education helped increase the number of kids graduating and more importantly keep them from dropping out. Non profits like Akshara foundation, Asha and Pragathi have been raising funds, supporting projects, working very closely with the schools/government, train teachers, monitor and record progress.

Funds provided by Asha help support Reading Cards that are used in this program by the kids to accelerate their reading abilities.


Akshara Foundation is a Bangalore-based Public Charitable Trust with the mission to ensure that every child is in school and learning well. Established in the year 2000, Akshara Foundation has a range of programmes that provide multiple solutions for universalizing elementary education.

Akshara is a part of the Pratham Education Initiative and has replicated Pratham’s approach of comprehensive, scalable, replicable and cost-effective education solutions. Akshara works in Bangalore, North Karnataka and will soon expand its work to reach the entire state of Karnataka through its close partnership with the Education Department of the Government of Karnataka and the different school administrations.

All Akshara’s programs are child-centric and are designed to ensure that:

* enrollment in schools increase,
* dropouts from schools decrease, and
* that children’s learning outcomes and overall development improve

To date, Akshara has impacted over 3,50,000 children in and around the state of
Karnataka through its programmes. The key programmes are the Preschool (Balwadi) Programme, the Accelerated Programmes for Learning , the Library Programme, the Karnataka Learning Partnership and Karnataka Catalytic Programme