School-based Library Programme
To facilitate children’s interest in reading through creative activities, PDEI with the support of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has set up libraries in 203 selected Schools in East and North Delhi spread across 5 Zones.
The goal of this Programme is to create a functional library in MCD schools. A trained volunteer operates from a room assigned for library by the School. She displays the collection of Pratham’s books and those contributed by the School. These wide and diverse range of story books support teaching-learning practices at all grade levels in schools. Each section is allotted a library period during which children come to the Library room, read the books and participate in book based activities like story narration and story making.
Criteria for selection of schools are as follows:
- Support of Principal and other school staff
- Availability of Library room
- Results of Pre Assessment to determine the learning level of children
The long term vision behind the whole effort is to enable the schools in running these active libraries in the absence of Pratham Teacher. Other teaching learning activities include science experiments, story book exchange, role play and art and craft. Learning Camps for improving the learning levels of children and Life Skills activities are also a significant part of the implementing curriculum.
Early Childhood Education Programme in MCD Primary Schools
Pratham Delhi in collaboration with North Delhi Municipal Corporation runs an Early Childhood Education Programme in MCD Primary Schools with an aim to assist the MCD teachers in preschool activities. Pratham‘s teacher is allotted one room in the school to conduct preschool activities with a class consisting of 20-25 children. The programme is operational in 58 selected MCD Primary schools of Rohini and Civil Lines Zones.
Early Literacy and Numeracy Programme in MCD Schools (Balwachan)
PDEI is working in collaboration with100 Municipal Corporation Schools of North and East Delhi. This Programme is designed for children who are in Standard I or II and need early literacy and numeracy as a foundation to their classroom learning. Thus, the objective is to develop reading and writing skills among children by enabling them to do the following activities:
- Recognizing numbers up to 100
- Two digit addition and subtraction
- Comprehending short stories
- Reading simple and short paragraph
Strengthening of School Management Committees
Project Saajha, focuses on supporting and building capacities of diverse members of School Management Committees (SMCs) to lead and transform the schools. School Management Committee is a democratic entitlement of the community which may lead to more transparent and effective schools. With the aim to establish holistic student learning as the key focus of the school and the society, Saajha envisions a replicable model of a district-level SMC coalition to achieve accountability in primary schools. Saajha works with 57 Schools of North and East Delhi Municipal Corporation.