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EVENTS - Ennum Ezhuthum (Summer Campaign 2015)
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‘Ennum Ezhuthum’ is a campaign held towards quality education during the summer holidays (May – June) in Tamilnadu to ensure every child will learn to read Tamil words and solve 2 digit addition problems. This year, the campaign is to be launched in 10,000 villages across various districts in Tamilnadu.

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 a shocking more than 50% children in Class 5 in rural Tamilnadu. 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, Tamilnadu, in spite of better infrastructure, ranks close to the bottom in education quality.

Over the last 10 years, while the Government has made significant progress in ensuring access to education, the quality of education leaves a lot to be desired. If students do not acquire even the basic skills like reading and are unable to solve simple problems in addition and subtraction, then what is the use of providing such an education? Invariably, many of them drop out of school by class 8.

Who are the children who go to Government schools today? Many of these children are first-generation learners, and are either Dalits or from other backward castes that form the marginalized sections of society. It is easy for society and the education system to blame the children (or their parents) for the poor progress they make in education. Some may even mumble “who knows? Perhaps it is something genetic”, though science has shown such claims to be rubbish.

We, on the other hand, believe that every child can. While each child is unique and may excel in his/her own fields, it is definitely possible for all children to acquire fundamental skills such as reading and arithmetic. If they do not, it is the fault of the education system, and not of individual 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.

How?

Volunteers from colleges, corporate and villages can run the campaign with the help of local village youth.

What happens in a village?

1. Evaluation

Evaluating the children who knows and knows not reading and mathematical addition skills.

Teaching the unknown children through the known children.

2. Children taking classes to other children

Young Teacher taking classes daily.

Improving the skills of the children given to each Young teacher.

3. Evaluation

Evaluating the children who knows and knows not reading and mathematical addition skills.

Teaching the unknown children through the known children.

A volunteer is responsible for 25 villages.

  1. The volunteer goes to a village and gathers the children and interested adults.
  2. Does an initial assessment of the skills and marks the skill levels on a skill chart.
  3. The children who have the skills already are given “I can read” and “I can add” stickers.
  4. These children are names as “Eureka Young Teachers” and are allocated 3-4 chidlren who are yet to acquire these skills.
  5. The volunteer also identifies a village volunteer who will acts as a facilitator for the summer learning center.
  6. The facilitator is trained on the assessment and the usage of learning kits.
  7. The facilitator is responsible for gathering the children and guiding the Young teachers to teach the other children.
  8. The centers are run for an hour every day for a month.
  9. At the end of the month a learning festival is held at the village where students, teachers, parents ,community leaders are present.
  10. The children are awarded “I can” certificates and the young teachers are given “Young teachers” certificates at the event.
  11. The local volunteers are also given Eureka teaching excellence awards.

Ennum Ezhuthum (Summer Campaign 2015) Villages - District Wise

Sl. No. District No. of Villages
1 Vellore East 500
2 Krishnagiri 750
3 Dharmapuri 1000
4 Tiruvanamalai 1300
5 Vellore West 1000
6 Thiruvallur 1000
7 Kanchipuram 500
8 Cuddalore 1000
9 Trichy 1000
10 Sivagangai 600
11 Tanjore 300
12 Perambalur 100
  Total Villages 9050

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

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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