Eureka Quality Improvement Program

Project Brief: EQUIP Tamilnadu is a project to improve learning quality in schools and villages across the state/
Project Type: Educational Experiments (description)
Primary Focus: remedial education (description)

Secondary Focus: creating resources

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Dilip Menon
Project Partner(s): Balaji Sampath
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , AID India, Old No 20, New No 34, II Floor,,Rathenam Street, Gopalapuram,,Chennai,
TAMIL NADU  600086
Tel: +91-94440-61033
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Aug 2008Boston/MITUSD 6245
May 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 35000
Sep 2007Silicon ValleyUSD 35000

Total = $76245

Padippum Inikkum Tamil Reading Skills Program

The program involves an initial evaluation of children's reading skills and groups them into 5 different levels. This is followed by daily 1 hour of level specific group activities for each level. Each school is also given a set of graded reading materials and story posters that excite children and makes them 'want to read'. The program also employs child-to-child learning methods.

Ariviyal Anandam Science Education Program

For the last 6 years we have been developing a collection of low cost science experiments and also developing science dialogues as a way to get children to think about science concepts and to link their observations of the world around them with the science they learn at school.

Through the Ariviyal Anandam program we have trained teachers on these experiments and provided them kits, posters and manuals to use in class. The atmosphere in these schools is completely changed. Children wait for the science class, get the kits out and do experiments on their own. In many schools children have started coming up with their own experiments!

Eureka Village Library Program: Library in a Bag

We started the innovative Eureka Village Library 'Library in a Bag' Program in 2005. Today, in 2000 villages we have the library program running, reaching out to 90,000 children. In each village, a local volunteer maintains the library bag and circulates the story cards and books to children. Every month we also organize activities (games, fun events, outings, etc) around the library. The local community participates actively in the library activities.

AID INDIA is a voluntary organization that is working in nearly 15000 schools and villages in 10 districts across Tamilnadu. AID INDIA's mission to ensure quality education for every child. EQUIP Tamilnadu is a project initiated by AID INDIA to improve learning quality in schools and villages across the state. Tamilnadu has an excellent school system and has been able to address the question of access almost completely, except in certain tribal pockets and child-labour intensive areas. But there is a very serious problem of learning quality in schools