Teaching at school
Why teaching at schools: Teaching at schools is a great way to practice your skills, to share your knowledge, to gain experience and in return to benefit the children. In rural areas most of the schools are under-funded, over-crowded and poorly managed. The staff lacks motivation. The curriculum is monotonous and uninspiring. Teachers are used to do a lot of repetition as their teaching method. Most of the children memorize the lesson but do not understand. On top of all this most of the parents are unaware of value of education. And those who are aware of education’s value they are not able to tutor their children because they are not good at it themselves.
How we help: In generally our participants teach from 1st to 5th grade. They teach English, Mathematics and general knowledge. To do teaching our participants introduce creative and interactive teaching methods such as educational games, songs, rhymes, worksheets and other activities. Our participants set role model to local staff and also give them ideas about new teaching methodologies. Our participants also impart English language skills to the children specially spoken English. It also raises employability
- We conduct the child care program in day care centers run by government. These centers are called Anganwari. Anganwari’s are responsible for Childcare supervision, pre-school education, women health, vaccine record keeping of pregnant, lactating mother and their children, nutrition supplement/ meals distribution, and familiarizing children/ families with attendance routine.
- Challenges: Most of the Anganwaris are under-staffed and have poor infrastructure. Mostly children sit on rug mats on floor. There is one helper and one teacher per Anganwari. One helper is supposed to take care of all children by means of bringing them from homes and drop off, cook meal and serve, wash the utensils and take care of children’s personal hygiene. Teacher is also assigned some other jobs than teaching only. Such as record keeping of vaccination of children and pregnant/ lactating mother. Distribution of nutrition supplement to children, pregnant women and adolescent girls. Liaison with medical staff and community for vaccination purpose. If you find it over loaded work for two staff well yes that is true. That is why we help in Anganwari’s to assist teacher and helper.
- How we help: Our participants help Anganwari teacher to prepare the growth chart of children, in teaching pre-school activities, to develop creative teaching methods such as games, rhymes and art/ craft work. Participants help to maintain the children’s personal hygiene, help to feed the meals to children, teaching manners and etiquettes.
- What to teach specifically: numbers, simple greetings, emotions, commands, animals, food items, senses, shapes, colors, days etc.
In rural India women do not have the same opportunities in education as male counterparts and unfortunately there is a big gap in literacy rates between men and women. In low income families where a choice has to be made, girl will often be taken out of school at early age to enable boys in the family to continue their education. Additionally if women want to learn English or computer skills many families may not afford expenses for such vocational courses and if few could, these kinds of courses are not available in rural villages.
We have set up women’s empowerment program in the community to teach English and computers skills attended by females from the villages. These group sessions do not only provide access to education but offer a new platform for social interaction and network building in the community. Volunteers share their skills and experiences with the girls and ladies; they help build up their English conversation skills and confidence building in their day to day life. What we teach:
a) Basics of computer
b) Window operation and data management
c) MS Office (Word, Excel, Power point, Access and Outlook)
e) Internet (emails, browsing, download/ upload and surfing)
f) Basics of hardware and other devices
a) Basics of grammar
b) Reading/ writing skills
c) Communication skills
e) Group debates
f) Letter/ application writing
Renovation/ construction/ beautification work
Child care centers and schools play an important role in education system but many of these institutions in rural Indian villages are under-funded. These intuitions do not get any funds especially for renovation purpose but they receive funds for overall needs of the institution. No wonder they find other needs on priority comparing to renovation and maintenance of the infrastructure. Therefore many child care and school building are not even painted appropriately. Sometimes even roof leaks during rains.
Therefore there is always great need of help to renovate, beautify and reconstruct the infrastructure in such institutions.
How we help: Our participants with assistance from project staff do the renovation or beautification work to make these buildings look beautiful and child friendly. We with the help of volunteers; paint teaching learning scenes on the walls which makes walls look beautiful and these scenes are also used to learn and teach children. Sometimes we also help the institutions by doing construction work for maintenance purpose or even seasonal plantation.
Private tutoring is a non formal teaching in which children are gathered from local community and taught at a common place. These children belong from families which cannot afford paid extra tutoring classes. Usually these children need extra help to improve their knowledge and English skills. These children may have different level of knowledge and learning abilities. Some of them might be slow learners while others fast. Normally the age group of these children can be from five to thirteen years. One may separate the children in different groups as per their learning levels.
What we teach: Generally we teach basic mathematics, communicational skills, English lessons, English grammar, general knowledge, educational games etc.
Community work is a wide subject and can be associated with many forms. We at MOI conduct the community work in form of awareness campaigns.
Awareness campaigns are being conducted by door to door visits and general meeting in the village. With the help of international volunteers our project staff picks the current issues which need the attention of community and then these issues are addressed in meetings with local community. We have experienced that advice from international volunteers is taken more seriously than any local social workers advice. This is because western people are considered more intelligent and smart. It is believed in rural communities that western people have high living standards and status therefore they are considered as role models and their advices are taken for granted.
What issues can be addressed: There are several issues to discuss. For example sanitation, health related problems, importance of girl education, gender inequality, vaccination of children and pregnant women etcetera.