Pratham Mysore launches 'Lakhon Mein Ek'

Sets target to cover 6,000 villages in 30 districts in the State

Is the quality of education dwindling at thegovernment school in your village? Are you interested in doing your bit to improve the same for the good of the younger generation? If yes, Pratham Mysore, an NGO working to improve the quality of education in the State, has launched ‘Lakhon Mein Ek’ campaign.

Announcing this to media here on Tuesday, Managing Trustee of the organisation Ashwini Ranjan said “As a part of nationwide exercise to cover one lakh villages, the organisation has set a target to reach 6,000 villages in 30 districts of the State, under the campaign. Any individual who has a concern for improving the quality of education at his or her village school can share the same with the organisation.

It will be among the target community from where the organisation will indeed make a start’.

The campaign launched on November 10, is split into two phases. It will identify learning gaps in the first level and take corrective steps in the second level with 30 to 40 days programmes called ‘Read India’ devised for the purpose.

For this, the organisation plans to identify an individual in every target village who along with like-minded individuals will test the mettle of students-in simple reading and mathematics.

The report (outcome) will be shared with the community and next comes the role of the organisation with its volunteers on the field to fill the learning gaps with tried out methodologies.

Ranjan said ‘Unlike annual status education report (ASER), a 10-year long survey by the organisation since 2005 when the reports were shared with the government expecting the latter to incorporate, the recommendations in improving the quality of education, with the campaign Pratham itself will do the active role—improving the quality of education’.
Pratham Mysore that is associated with Pratham India, is active in seven districts in the State.

The spur was the outcome of a report already shared with the government. The percentage of students in government schools in class five who can read a class two level lesson has gone down from 51 per cent in 2006 to 43 per cent in 2014. Similar is the situation in private schools, where it has dropped from 69 per cent in 2007 to 63 per cent in 2014.

Advisor to Pratham and activist Bhamy V Shenoy said “The ground work has been launched with training of volunteers for the purpose.”Chief Executive Officer A Sheshadri was also present.


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