The learning success at most state schools in India, but also in the neighbouring states of Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar, especially in rural areas, is very poor. The teachers are often poorly trained. They have hardly any proper teaching materials at their disposal. The children do not attend school regularly.
Pilot programme provides valuable insights
The “Quality Education” project aims to improve teaching in state schools. It is based on a successful pilot program that we initiated in 2017 together with our local partner “The ANT” (Action Northeast Trust, Bongaigaon, Chirang District, Assam) in northeast India. The aim was to successfully test and optimise pedagogical methods and concepts in schools and to implement them in a stable and sustainable manner over a pilot period of three years.
The language of instruction plays a central role
A central problem is the large number of pupils’ mother tongues, which are often not mastered by the teachers. The children cannot follow the lessons and drop out of school early. Since the number of pupils in our project regions continues to grow strongly, there are also not enough teachers. The poor infrastructure in the region is another obstacle.
Multi-stage approach brings success
In our projects we start with the mobilisation of the parents. If they understand how important a good education is for their children, they are a strong support for the project work. In the second step we train the teachers in modern child-centred methods. The teachers are trained to make the lessons more vivid and exciting with the help of digital resources. In a third step, the directors of the participating schools are trained and supported. The aim is to enable them to take responsibility for developing learning goals and improving the quality of their schools.
“The biggest problem is ethnic diversity. In some regions there are 175 language communities, but only two languages of instruction. Textbooks help to learn the language of instruction.”
Expansion of project work
Our goal is to further improve the quality of the schools and thus make us superfluous. We would like to scale up the findings from our pilot project and increase our reach. In 2019, our local partners conducted more than 2,500 school visits and trained teachers “on the job”. This allows the methods developed in the training to be consolidated and questions to be answered promptly.
We have already initiated further projects to improve school quality in northeast India, Bangladesh and Nepal in 2019. In this way we will reach a total of 40,000 children with a good education.
WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY ACHIEVED
97% of the children go to school regularly
Good learning progress can be measured in achievement tests
we reach 40,000 children with good education
In 2,500 school visits, teachers were trained “on-the-job”
Locations of our projects to improve state education
News about our projects to improve the state schools