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  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9. thank you !