Ennum Ezhuthum 2017

Over the last 20 years, AID INDIA has transformed the lives of several lakhs children through its Eureka education programs. AID INDIA’s ‘Padippum Inikkum’ Tamil reading skills program reached out to teachers and children in more than 8000 schools in 10 districts of Tamil Nadu. AID INDIA has implemented large scale quality improvement programs in more than 21 districts directly and through NGOs in Tamil Nadu. AID INDIA has trained over 15,000 Government and Private school teachers and 18,000 village volunteers on Tamil reading, Maths and Science. These programs have significantly impacted the learning levels of children, through a strong focus on ensuring learning outcomes. Our well-researched activity based content and methodology have been widely adopted by Government, UNICEF, Schools and several Non-profit organizations. We have been invited to participate in state text book designs and revisions now as well as in the past. AID INDIA has been a recipient of several awards and recognition, mostly notably the Times of India Social Impact Award 2011.

What?

‘Ennum Ezhuthum’ (numbers & letters) campaign was launched in 2008 in Tamil Nadu with the cause to spread the importance of quality education in the villages during the summer holidays (May – June).This is to ensure every child will learn to read Tamil words and solve 2 digit addition problems. This year, the campaign has been launched in 5,000 villages across various districts in Tamil Nadu.

Why?

Imagine the plight of a child who has been going to school for 5 years and is unable to read a simple Tamil sentence or solve an addition problem. You’d possibly think how many such children would be there? Isolated cases here and there if at all. The answer to the question is shocking, more than 50% children in Class 5 in rural Tamil Nadu. Even it has been observed that during summer holidays many children forget the skills they have learnt recently, since they don’t have practice, commonly known as ‘summer loss’. And this is not just from one survey – many studies by different agencies (including some by the Government itself) have more or less arrived at the same conclusion. In fact, Tamil Nadu, in spite of better infrastructure, ranks close to the bottom in education quality.

Our Exam system mainly focuses on written exams. To clear the exam children have to read and memorise all the subjects and write in the given time. If a child is not able to read, he/she loses confidence and it leads to dropout from the school. It is a social problem, all of us need to put efforts to bring learning improvements in the children.

With the simple approach of identifying lagging children, and a proper focus on ensuring that such children learn the basic skills, it is definitely possible to significantly improve the situation in a short time.

Who?

NGOs, local volunteers, housewives, college students or anyone who is interested in teaching children and bringabout change in skill levels in his/her village.

How?

  • Training for volunteers on the usage of learning kit.
  • Initial assessment of the children and marking of skill levels on a skill chart.
  • Volunteer teaches the children daily for a month and brings down the number of lagging children to zero.
  • At the end of the month children are awarded “I can” certificates in the presence of teachers, parents and community leaders.
  • The local volunteers are also given Eureka teaching excellence award.
  • Finally NGOs, Colleges, Institutions and clubs are felicitated for their efforts through the volunteers.

Let us join hands in whatever way possible to ensure that this happens and reiterate our belief that Every Child Can!

  • As a part of our Ennum Ezhuthum summer camp we are collecting crayon boxes to gift the children.
  • Each crayon boxes is 10 rupees
  • We need a lot more crayons
  • Join us to gift the crayon boxes to children and fill their summer with colour
  • You can also order through online and have it deliver at our office.
  • Note : (Crayons will be collected only “IN KIND”)
News & Updates

‘Ennum Ezhuthum - 2017’ (numbers & letters) campaign was launched in 2008 in Tamil Nadu with the cause to spread the importance of quality education in the villages during the summer holidays (May – June).This is to ensure every child will learn to read Tamil words and solve 2 digit addition problems. This year, the campaign has been launched in 5,000 villages across various districts in Tamil Nadu.
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