Crash Course - Primary Education Srividhya Subramanian, IIMA – Ashwamedha2009 Quick Summary: . Volunteers teach at schools whenever free by imparting intensive crash-course style education on subjects of expertise. Permanent teachers run the school and teach multiple subjects in a home-tuition style through the year.
List of all the centres where we would like to to impart quality education List of the subjects (sciences, arts etc) that one could teach A login section for a volunteer with personal qualification, prior teaching records, teaching material, syllabus etc A calendar for each centre-subject combination. A teacher can book a period of 2 months or more during when she would teach the kids Step1: build an interactive online repository Components of the site showcased in this slide. Volunteers would register using the site and choose the duration, place of work and the subject that they would like to teach.
At the school – permanent teachers A no frill school, with basic low cost infrastructure. The number of permanent teachers at any point of time would be at minimum – These would be paid educated locals(preferably) from the area who would keep a track of syllabus covered and would serve as teachers for varied subjects* and be mentors The regular classes would be conducted like in a tuition, with mostly revising concepts taught at the crash course or to wrap up pending syllabus * Multiple subjects can be taught as the subject content for primary education is within the grasp of those who can even remotely qualify as educated
How the crash course system works: Resources to target – those who have subject matter to teach and 2 months+ to spare Retired people who can afford to spend a good 2 months+ at a school Students having their breaks for 2 months or so in between 2 consecutive academic years People aiming to take a sabbatical from work The Unemployed and educated who wish to use their time resourcefully Interns from abroad* who would like to teach students in India and experience the culture here *would be aided by the permanent teacher incase of language barriers
What after one registers ? Why would volunteers be attracted to register? Could attend a basic 2 day workshop to gain the necessary training to teach Can engage in creative modes of teaching at school. Target to cover asyllabus for ~6 months in the 2months they are volunteering The permanent teachers then aid the students in revising the subjects and in finishing off the pending syllabus in case of unavailability of volunteers in the later part of the year. We have interested people Two reasons why many interested don’t teach at government or rural schools: do not have the necessary BEd or equivalent degree Can’t afford the time demands of a full time job Not monetarily lucrative so not a career option This system mainly caters to the above constraints and provides for many potential teacher-volunteers
Volunteer distribution across centres The option for volunteers to teach varied subjects (arts/science) ensures all round development of students. Those who would not want to relocate to volunteer have the option to choose locations of interest – added incentive to teach A centrecould stop accepting volunteers for a particular time frame if the number of teachers and number of subjects reaches a threshold so as to not make the course very vigorous The threshold levels might be adjusted to stop accepting volunteers to redirect them to other less catered to locations With increasing volunteers, the intensive nature of these crash courses would dilute to distribute load evenly across the year The aim : Have a 1 month work load covered in a month with sufficient number of volunteers spread across 12 months for a good mix of subjects that ensure holistic development of students
Major expenditure Definite costs Web site creation and maintenance (resource pool maintenance and tracking) Salaries for the permanent teachers Basic infrastructure and other teaching aid (books etc.) requirements Optional costs but worth consideration A nominal stipend for students/unemployed to incentivize volunteers for increased participation (which could be introduced with increase in funds) Funds for a mid-day meal scheme, if need be, to incentivize students to attend schools
Revenue sources – Ideas Advertisement revenue on the site Funds and support from NGOs, individuals and the government <<Ideally all volunteers would be accommodated in a local’s home as a paying guest with nominal fee>> Acceptance of a premium from those who would want more facilities provided during their tenure at the school Acceptance of a premium service fee from volunteers from other nationalities who might want accommodation etc. arranged These crash courses (majorly in arts and sports) could also serve as summer camps for many children from well to do families who can then pay a summer camp fee The art models, paintings, etc created during the camps could then be auctioned on the site (like a charity auction) to direct the money generated to provide better facilities for students and to accommodate more permanent teachers