EQUIP Krishnagiri

Project Brief:
Project Type: Alternative Education (description)
Primary Focus: remedial education (description)

Secondary Focus: creating resources

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Seattle
Status: completed - requirements ended
Project Steward: Vijay Kanagala
Project Partner(s): Balaji Sampath
Other Contacts: Asha Balasubramaniam
Project Address: , AID INDIA New No 34, 2nd Floor, Rathnam Street,Gopalapuram,Chennai,
TAMIL NADU  600086
Tel: +91-44-28350403, 4210-6493
Stewarding Chapter: Seattle
Jun 2008SeattleINR 1000000
Jun 2008SeattleINR 10
Nov 2007SeattleUSD 25641

Total = $47441.218

Padippum Inikkum (Tamil Reading Skills Program)

This program brings about a rapid improvement the reading levels of children. It 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 a collection of low cost science experiments demo kits have been developed. The aim is to get children think about science concepts and link their observations of the world around them with the science they learn at school.

Through the Ariviyal Anandam program a number of teachers are trained on these experiments. They are also provided with the demo kits, posters and manuals to use in class. The atmosphere in these schools is changing completely. 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"

The innovative Eureka Village Library “Library in a Bag” Program is started in 2005. Today, in 2000 villages the library program is 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 a number of activities like games, fun events, outings, etc are organized around the library. The local community participates actively in the library activities. In many of the libraries children have also been organized into children’s clubs. These clubs meet once a week to try out science experiment, math puzzles, etc. In many of the libraries, volunteers have taken up the reading program. They have also been working with the local schools – visiting it regularly and organizing events in the school.

The library program is a demonstration of how the community can be actively involved in the education process. It also shows how once the community is involved in education issues, they also begin to pressurize schools to deliver better quality.
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.
Krishnagiri Office address:
Old Sowcar Building,Bazaar Street
Sulagiri, Krishnagiri District